By taking inspiration from the USA and fusing it with ultra-exclusive Japanese Tamon Design body-styling, Honda tuning fan Rob Reid has created what might effectively be the World’s biggest boosted S2000…
Characteristic from Quick Automobile. Phrases & Pictures: Dan Sherwood.
In relation to discovering inspiration to your modified automobile, inventive concepts can come from nearly anyplace if you happen to look laborious sufficient. Nevertheless, for followers of Japanese efficiency automobiles, there are two distinct camps that usually appear to supply the best affect: the USA and Japan. Each nations have their very own distinctive model of construct; the US tending to give attention to the showier facet of issues and Japan preferring to maintain issues useful. You possibly can usually inform which facet of the world a automobile is from these fundamental tendencies alone. However as sensible as every of those respective types undoubtedly is, it’s by combining the 2 that you may create one thing much more awe-inspiring and distinctive, as hardcore Honda head Rob Reid came upon…
‘I’ve been a Honda fan for years,’ laughs 39-year-old Rob once we meet him and his beautiful S2000 in a abandoned pit storage at Rockingham Motor Speedway. ‘All my earlier automobiles have been Civics, together with two Civic Jordans, an EG6 and an EK9. I’d like to construct an NSXR with twin turbo’s in the future, however for now I’m proud of the S2000.’
Rob acquired the two-seat drop high in 2010, which on the time was a bone inventory 2001 mannequin in wonderful situation with simply 33k miles on the clock.
‘I fancied a change from proudly owning Civics and the S2000 appeared to suit the invoice completely,’ he explains. ‘Packing round 235bhp as normal from its 2.0-litre F20C VTEC engines, I knew it was a really succesful automobile straight out of the field, and that it might look even higher with a couple of easy mods. Little did I do know on the time, however issues weren’t going to remain easy for very lengthy!’
As a self confessed perfectionist, Rob is not any stranger to exhaustive analysis and has put in lots of hours on web sites and boards trying into the myriad tuning choices accessible for every of his distinctive builds.
‘Through the years I’ve adopted lots of the high-end tasks being constructed over within the States,’ says Rob. ‘It was usually the easy issues that grabbed my consideration; the way in which they did issues, how they would choose varied elements and agonise over each small element. It was a world away from what most individuals had been doing right here within the UK.’
The web has lots to reply for, but it surely’s additionally damaged down loads of boundaries and Rob quickly discovered himself conversing immediately with a few of the largest names within the US scene.
‘After speaking by way of varied potentialities, I began to kind a want checklist of components that I wished for the construct,’ recollects Rob. ‘So over the approaching months I used my newfound US-connections to supply and ship numerous essential and infrequently customized components immediately from the US.’
One of many largest names to lend Rob a hand was Alex Soto of Sheepey inc. fame.
‘Alex was an enormous inspiration to me, having himself had quite a few cowl automobile builds over within the States,’ Rob says. ‘Additionally, being primarily based in California, he was in a position to liaise with numerous Honda specialists within the space on my behalf, which solely enhanced the entire venture with their added data.’
With enter from his new US mates, Rob fashioned a really particular imaginative and prescient of what his final S2000 could be and simply six months after buying the automobile, he took it off the street and, alongside along with his equally automobile mad dad, stripped the new Honda to a naked shell earlier than sending it off to the bodyshop to have the engine bay, underside and interior arches painted in Lamborghini Telesto Grigio pearl gray.
‘I wished a stealth bomber look to the automobile, reasonably than something too loud and lairy,’ he explains. ‘The concept was to give attention to high quality, form of like a manufacturing unit particular version reasonably than one thing overly shouty and brash.’
And whereas the shell was away on the bodyshop, Rob began the arduous activity of planning and buying the mandatory components for the remainder of the construct to be able to attempt to full the automobile’s transformation from delicate to wild in a single large hit.’
Beginning with the engine, Rob knew the high-revving F20C motor is a powerful unit utilising each fibre strengthened steel cylinder liners, plus solid pistons inside its light-weight aluminium block, making it an ideal candidate for pressured induction.
‘On the time there have been only a few turbo kits available on the market for the S2000 and none actually fitted the imaginative and prescient I had for the automobile,’ says the meticulous modifier. ‘Fortunately Alex hooked me up with Jesse Brozyna of JDL Auto Design in Phoenix, Arizona, who, after a prolonged dialogue, fabricated me a customized turbo equipment utilising a V-banded Precision 6262 turbo and an identical 46mm wastegate.’
Full with an excellent uncommon consumption from Arizona Compelled Induction (AFI), Rob was tremendous proud of how the engine modifications had been shaping up.
‘I knew the underside finish was succesful, however the head could be the sticking level as soon as it was turbocharged,’ he explains. ‘So my dad and I rebuild the pinnacle with Bisimoto turbo spec elements together with Ferrea Inconel valves – to take the elevated warmth from the pressured induction – twin Supertech valve springs with titanium retainers and turbo-specific Webcams turbo camshafts.’
Mixed with the turbo equipment and exhaust system, Rob purchased a big front-mount intercooler and an uprated fuelling system incorporating an Inline professional gasoline rail with ID1000cc injectors, twin Bosch 044 gasoline pumps and a customized boot-mounted gasoline cell – the engine construct was beginning to get severe!
‘Getting the engine to look proper was simply as essential as the facility it made, so we stripped the whole lot down and cleaned and repainted the whole lot, constructing all of it again up with model new bolts,’ Rob says, highlighting the intense lengths which might be needed to be able to obtain such jaw-dropping outcomes. ‘I additionally had Ryan Basseri of Rywire in California construct a customized mil-spec engine harness which connects as much as a AEM V2 standalone ECU with a full complement of engine sensors.’
This not solely allowed Rob to wire tuck the motor to offer it that award–successful look, but in addition ensured the motor could possibly be monitored always to help the tuning so they might extract most efficiency whereas nonetheless retaining most reliability.
However it wasn’t simply the engine that was getting a refresh, as Rob was additionally ensuring the suspension and engine mounting elements had been equally spotless by stripping, shot blasting and powder coating them earlier than re-fitting them with new Powerflex bushes.
‘As soon as we bought the decision from the bodyshop that the chassis portray was full, my dad and I went over there and fitted up a load of recent and refreshed components to make it a rolling chassis once more,’ says Rob. ‘This included including a brand new set of Skunk 2 ProC coilovers and Hardrace adjustable higher camber arms at each the entrance and rear.’
With the shell now cellular, the daddy and son duo quickly bought the automobile again residence the place they might match the newly constructed engine and ancillaries.
‘With a lot of the engine already assembled, it was only a case of dropping it in and plumbing and wiring all of it up,’ Rob explains. ‘And with each my dad and I working flat out on it at this level, it didn’t take lengthy to get it up and working.’
The American affect of the engine is obvious to see, with its immaculate presentation and beautiful consideration to element, it’s no surprise it has received greater than its justifiable share of awards, however having such perfection on the coronary heart of the construct, meant that it might want an exterior design that was equally on level to take care of such stratospheric requirements.
‘The inventory S2000 physique can solely accommodate wheels with a reasonably average width and offset with out going widebody,’ Rob says. ‘However it was essential to my construct that the automobile characteristic an aggressive set of wheels that had a concave spoke and lip element, so a widebody or customized arch work of some type was all the time going to be needed.’
Initially customized steel arches had been thought-about to widen the inventory traces of the automobile, however after talking with varied bodyshops, Rob wasn’t satisfied that they might nail his exacting imaginative and prescient, so the seek for an acceptable widebody equipment was on.
‘Most of the widebody kits I seemed into, akin to these from J’s Racing, Amuse and APR had been means too aggressive-looking and observe impressed,’ Rob remembers. ‘It was truly across the time that Kei Miura’s GT86 Rocket Bunny equipment was turning into widespread, so I emailed him to speak a couple of attainable collaboration for an S2000 equipment. Though he instantly confirmed curiosity and talked about he had wished to do an S2000 equipment for some time, it was solely this 12 months that the equipment turned a actuality. Which because it seems, I don’t truly like, anyway.’
So the search continued, and by this time the remainder of the automobile was just about full, so Rob was working out of choices. However it was then, simply by likelihood on a picture search, that he got here throughout a stunning-looking widebody S2000…
‘It was a automobile from a small Japanese styling home referred to as Tamon Design,’ he says. ‘The automobile within the image was truly Tamon-san’s personal private observe model of his equipment. He did two variants on the time, one for observe and one for avenue. I wasn’t a fan of the road model, however the observe one was aggressive sufficient with out being an excessive amount of, so I made a decision to get in contact over e mail expressing an curiosity and displaying him how the construct was progressing. To my shock he responded in a short time and wished the automobile to put on his equipment, he was excited to be concerned in what he thought was going to be a incredible ultimate product.’
With the equipment on its means from Japan to the UK, Rob’s subsequent activity was to discover a good bodyshop to not solely match the ‘bolt on’ bodykit, but in addition end it off by smoothing it into the unique traces of the automobile.
‘I’m not an enormous fan of the ‘bolt-on’ look and wished it to seem like it got here out of the manufacturing unit that means,’ Rob explains, casting a watch down the futuristic traces and sharp creases of the superbly designed equipment. ‘I’d been advisable Davlyns bodyshop in Melton, so I paid them a go to and so they stuffed me with confidence that they might work the fibreglass equipment expertly into the OEM metalwork physique utilizing the suitable merchandise and strategies. They didn’t fail me, and the top outcome, painted in Lambo gray with a Mugen carbon-fibre hardtop and bonnet, plus a set of M’s Racing teardrop model mirrors, merely blew me away.’
So not solely is Rob’s automobile now carrying one of many rarest kits accessible for the S2000, but in addition with the peerlessly executed smoothing, it’s now an entire one off!
‘The equipment’s wider arches additionally meant that I might run the wheels I wished too,’ says Rob, stating the 18in Work S1R break up rim wheels with black anodised barrels and satin black centres. ‘They’re in a staggered fitment with a 9j entrance and 10j rear, retaining the manufacturing unit one inch stagger from the manufacturing unit.’
And carrying sticky 265-section Federal FZ-201 tyres on the rear, the additional girth additionally helps Rob put down the 570bhp that now lurks underneath his proper foot.
‘Now it’s full the automobile is a brutal factor to drive,’ Rob grins. ‘There’s no creature comforts akin to heating, air conditioning or ABS, or perhaps a radio. It’s a automobile that’s constructed to drive quick and look good, and that’s precisely what it does.’
And we’re actually not going to argue with that. Rob Reid is a person who has taken his tuning inspiration from his mates within the West and fused them seamlessly with the best stylings of the Far East to create a automobile that, whereas influenced by each, has turn into an entity far better than something hailing from both facet of the world’s tuning powerhouses. Which is one thing that he must be extraordinarily pleased with.
Tech Spec: Boosted Honda S2000
2.0-litre, 4-cyl, 16v F20C, inventory backside finish, head skimmed and constructed with Bisimoto turbo spec elements together with Ferrea Inconel valves, titanium retainers, twin Supertech valve springs and turbo-specific Webcams turbo camshafts, full customized turbo equipment and exhaust system, 750bhp succesful entrance mount intercooler, 3in enhance pipes with Vibrant clamps, Ok&N air filter with 3-6in spun aluminium velocity stack welded to the 6262 Precision turbo, Hel AN-style plumbing and hoses, Inline professional gasoline rail, Weldon gasoline stress regulator, twin Bosch 044 gasoline pumps and gasoline filter, customized boot-mounted gasoline cell, ID1000cc injectors, Vibratechnics engine mounts, customized radiator, all elements cleaned and repainted with new bolts used all through, customized Rywire mil-spec engine harness, AEM V2 ECU, AEM sensors EGT, oil stress/temp
Dyno confirmed 570bhp and 360 lbft of torque, 0-60mph in 3.0-secs, 1160kg
OEM rear wheel drive with inventory six-speed handbook gearbox and upgraded Quaife LSD
Skunk 2 ProC coilovers, suspension and subframes stripped, shot blasted and powdercoated, Powerflex bushes, Mugen entrance compliance bush, Hardrace adjustable higher camber arms entrance and rear
KSport large brake equipment with 8-pot calipers powdercoated physique color (entrance), AP Dixcel discs and pads (rear), HEL braided brake traces
Wheels & Tyres:
9x18in ET+18 (entrance) 10x18in ET+8 (rear) Work S1R break up rim wheels with black anodised barrels and satin black centres, 235/40/18 (entrance), 265/35/18 (rear) Federal FZ-201 tyres, Fourty 4 Titanium wheel nuts
Full Tamon Design 12–piece aero spec race equipment comprising, bumpers, diffusers, sideskirts, broad arch extensions and wings and totally smoothed into physique and painted in Lamborghini Grigio Telesto, Mugen carbon-fibre hardtop and bonnet, M’s Racing teardrop model mirrors
Recaro Pole Place ABE seats in leather-based and suede, Private Neo Grinta 350mm steering wheel and Works Bell Rapfix II fast launch steering boss and extension