2001 Honda S2000 – The Pursuit Of Perfection
The Honda S2000 has been a staple in the tuning community for almost 15 years. Originally released in ‘99 as Honda’s drop-top roadster with a steep ticket price, the chassis was not exactly ideal for the standard Joe until about a decade later. Resale values plummeted and enthusiasts were now easily capable to scoop the roadster by using a solid pocket left over for future modifications and the justification in mind that the little two-seater could sometimes be practical. Though, as always, way too much of a good thing can quickly turn into a bad situation. Inside the S2000’s case, it didn’t take long before we started seeing far too many S2s at our local meets, and what used to be the awesome sighting of a tastefully modded S2000 has now transformed into the sight of “just another S2k.”
This present day in age, it’s planning to take much more than slapping with a few JDM parts to make an impact within this scene, and Sheldon Tran of Miami, Florida could not agree more, though now, I’m not saying this can be a bad thing, go ahead and, I love the S2000. Though his Laguna Seca Blue S2000 isn’t featuring anything necessarily innovative, or not even close to the pack-we feel it is in fact a perfect illustration of a thoroughly executed build achieved by patiently combining all the right pieces through the never ending quest for perfection.Pursuit Of Perfection
“The original plan was to complement an aggressive, JDM theme for the car… but I never imagined it would be possible due to financial issues. That obviously didn’t last.” The greater we spoke to Mr, although i originally made a decision to keep it neat and simple. Tran, the more we found out what an indecisive character he truly was. He may also be the first to admit that the essence of patience was something he truly lacked initially. “It took a lot to receive the car where it is now, and I certainly learned a lot of information. After three aftermarket steering wheels, two sets of mirrors, five sets of seats, three aftermarket exhausts, three air intakes, three front bumpers, three wing/trunk combinations and a whopping 19 sets of wheels, the vehicle is finally how I originally envisioned it.”
While it seems the auto will probably experience a few more changes by the time you’re reading this, the exterior currently sits elegantly with the unmistakable coat of BMW’s Laguna Seca Blue accented with a rare Spoon front bumper, J’s rear diffuser and Type 1 GT wing along with a set of custom side diffusers and CraftSqaure carbon side mirrors. Wheel options were obviously a tough option for Sheldon as well as no matter how many sets he went through, he could never find the right fit. As it sits now, a vintage set of 17×9” 22 TE37’s was installed all around conjoining with a set of Megan Track coilovers for meaty functionality. Behind the wheels? Sheldon found that a round of Spoon monoblock coilovers would ultimately be the betterSearch For Perfection
The car obviously isn’t making crazy power, but by all means, has an engine bay worth drooling over, as with most S2000’s with this nature. Following a mild fuse, shave, tuck and battery box relocation, the F20C linked up with a J’s Tsuchinoko intake, ARC spark plug cover, Full Blown Motorsports radiator and a Mishimoto cooling plate. In terms of Spoon components go, a Type F radiator cap, enginethermostat and cap, fan switch, reservoir socks and a simple race battery tie it all together. For breathing constraints, a simple, yet effective Megan Racing header leads to an exotic J’s 70RS exhaust amounting the exhaust tone he had sought after ever since the beginning.
Directing attention to the interior is a custom yellow painted Cusco chromoly rollcage matched to the engine’s valve cover. With the entire package almost complete (or, for the time being) a Recaro Pole Position driver seat sits on some buddy club seat rails along with a Takata harness. After trying out various steering wheels, Sheldon finally settled on a 350mm deep Key! s Racing wheel. For the details: a few custom titanium wheel bolts, an ARC shift knob along with a J’s Racing Waza shift pattern emblem.
Though patience may not be first of all , comes to mind after hearing a narrative like Sheldon’s, we actually applaud him for sticking to his goal of creating what he believes to be an ideal S2000. A modded car is a thing of beauty-sometimes that just doesn’t come together on thesocks and race battery; powdercoated valve cover; Megan Racing headers; Berk test pipe; Mishimoto cooling plate; GP master cylinder shield; Knight Performance coolant overflow tank; battery, EPS and fuse box relocation
Drivetrain Exedy Clutch and light-weightSearch For Perfection
Exterior BMW Laguna Seca Blue paint; Spoon Sports S-Tai front bumper; J’s Racing rear 1600mm and diffuser Type 1 GT wing; GT Motoring wing stands; CraftSquare carbon side mirrors; Mugen hard top; custom side diffusers; OEM AP2 head & taillights
Interior Cusco 6pt Chromoly cage; Key! s Racing 350mm controls; titanium wheel bolts; NRG quick-release & short hub; Recaro Pole Position drivers seat; Buddy Club seat rails; Takata 4pt harness; J’s Racing Waza shift pattern; AP2 center console
Thanks You My father to the supply of tools and always supporting me; my brother Nathan and most of my family; My girlfriend Ava for supporting this expensive passion of mine; Savinski Claude to the paint work, Bob at MadMods; Andres at KAB Customs; Nax Whitmore; John “Ichi” Diep; Rich Nguyen; Lam Le; Daniel Banh; Bi Nguyen; and my crew FortuneMinds!