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AP1 Honda S2000 - Zock On!

Tamon Design's Zaku AP1 S2000 Is Japanese Art At Its Finest: Just Don't Wack Off To It

Roel Concepcion
Aug 1, 2009
Photographer: Sean Klingelhoefer

I'm not sure how this happened, but just the other day, my girlfriend and I (let's call her Sweet Cakes since that's the code word for bozack pumps at my local freak shop) happened upon some interesting Japanese movies on xvideos.com. Now before you jump to conclusions about my personal life, I want to explain some things first. Yes, I do call one of my pumps my girlfriend, and no, I don't call her Sweet Cakes. If you must know, her name is Kevina. And, yes, that's the female version of Kevin. If you really must know, I had a friend in elementary school named Kevin and we played "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours" on the daily. OK? Now let's move on.

The movie started off with two girls happily swimming in a community pool, laughing and talking like two friends would. They later decide that wading in the pool was too boring so they climb up the stairs so they can slide down those human tubes. One of them slides down first, leaving the other behind. As honey prepares to slide down, several Japanese dudes grab her and begin to fondle every part of this deuce. She resists at first but eventually lets them do whatever they want. I'm not really sure what happens next as this is the part where I usually grab for the towel and subsequently light up a cigarette. The moral of the story is that even though Japanese movies like this creeps me out, I'm still shocked that I can get a nut off on it.

The one thing that doesn't shock me though is how well the Japanese can take the finest whips and make them more fly than it already was. Case in point is Tamon Design's AP1 Honda S2000. Billed as the "Zaku" S2000, this whip held down the fort inside the Ray's Wheel booth at this year's Tokyo Auto Salon. It was hands down the freshest H-ride to come out of this yearly convention, and it was all due to the ill Tamon Design widebody kit. Don't be surprised if you haven't heard of Tamon Design either. They've only been around since '01, and their street cred is only bubbling up just recently. Hopefully this jumpoff can help them get knowledge on these L.A. streets.

Tamon Design is actually responsible for the famous RE-Amemiya FD piece a couple of years back and is making mad moves along the Tokyo streets. Based in Tsu City, Japan, Tamon Design is owned by Tamon Shoji, a design genius who has been designing cars since high school. "I like to reflect the power and project them in each design," Shoji said to me, thoughtfully, "For example, it is moving and stimulation of curiosity. I feel something moving chikara. It is incredible to provide chikara." If you didn't know, "chikara" means "strength" in Japanese. Also, if you didn't know, these design types are a whole different breed when it comes to viewing the world. Shoji provided some clarification behind his S2K creation:

"First, I took a choice S2000 for '09 project. Because I like the car's unique packaging. A new design is always in my brain just after I would make it and always feel some kind of inspiration. Also, I sketch the design all the time whenever I'm in the bathroom, I'm in the bed, I'm driving and so on. And gradually the complete design is going to be completed. Just like finishing wringing out a towel and the last drop makes great designs. But it is just a total image design."

Say word? Personally, I concentrate on breaking up my turd in one-inch pieces when I'm in the john. But this is probably why I don't own a design company like Shoji-san.

"I'm also thinking about balance, natural image, elegance, novel image and all has be surprising," he continued, "I have to have own motivation to make designs all the time as I can't look images. Finally color is the most important as well because my arts always would be with great color. My final arts depend on colors. Final decision color will make greater and unbelievable atmosphere much more than my expectation. Anyway, making color is unbelievably deep all the time."

Translate at your own risk. What I took from it is that Shoji is a constant designer, always dropping design dimes on the minute, sketching them out wherever he is, and that he may be taking hallucinogens. But that's just my take. At any rate, Shoji seems to be a one profound cat, creating designs as fresh as this S2000. It's been on the cover of Option 2 and Auto One 2, a local print mag in Hokkaido. It has definitely garnered the attention Shoji wanted, and it's helped set a new standard in body kits.

The front side accentuates the elongated hood of the S2000, highlighting it with what seems like teardrops on the hood, probably stemming from Shoji's experiences with wringing out his towel. The fenders are lined with gill-like slits, further giving the whip a more aerodynamic feel. Cover it up with an original matte green paint, and the S2000 starts to resemble one mean looking lizard. The widebody stance provides the sporty "Don't F with me" look, while the rump is as bootylicious as Beyonce in a one-piece outfit. Of course, the details are how we can separate this body kit from the competition. Take, for example, the F1-inspired rear brake transformed into a stylish slit. Something subtle like that, incorporated to the overall design, is what makes Shoji-san a genius designer.

To help showcase the body kit in it fullest potential, Tamon Design lowered the S2K with ultra-choice Ohlins DFV full-length adjustment model coilovers. These coilovers provide more than lowering capabilities. Take this S2K to the track, and the Ohlins suspension system will improve acceleration, handling and braking. No wonder it costs more than an arm, a leg and a healthy liver. Rolling the chassis to proper accords is set of 19-inch Rays Gram Lights 57 wheels, wrapped in Dunlop SP Sport MAXX tires. These Gram Lights are as sexy as Miley Cyrus pretending she's Chinese, and as futuristic as the spaceship it seemingly came from. In other words, these wheels are ahead of its time.

Thus, bringing us to the ultimate point: Whether or not this S2000 is your flavor, it's undoubtedly one of the most unique S2000s you'll see in a while. Tamon Design doesn't shame the original chassis of cars, but rather brings attention to parts of the chassis that would otherwise be overlooked. And maybe Shoji-san is a tad bit crazy, but that's what we love about the Japanese. This is why I will continue to get shook by their car designs and continue to watch their equally crazy movies. So hand me my towel and grab me a pack of smokes.

Fast Facts
AP1 Honda S2000
Owner tamon design
Hometown tsu city, japan
Daily Grind aerodynamic designs

Stiff Stuff Ohlins DFV full-length adjustment model

Rollers 19x8.5 Rays Gram Lights 57 wheels with Dunlop SP Sport MAXX 225/35-ZR19 (front) 265/30-ZR19 (rear)

Stoppers Project Mu 6-piston Slim (355x28mm), SP-color: Orange (front), NA rotor slit modified (rear)

Outside Tamon Designs body kit

Inside Recaro TS-GS, Works Bell RAFIX II steering wheel; Panasonic HDD car navi station: CN-HX1000D, CY-ET908KD, CY-RC50KD (rearview camera)

Props To Roel for being such a pimpwww tamondesign.com; mackinindustries.com; wordsling.com

By Roel Concepcion
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