In Greek mythology the Phoenix is a beautiful bird that is regenerated and reborn, arising from the ashes of its predecessor. The beautiful red S2000 that you see before you has gone down in flames (literally) and has arisen from the ashes of its previous form time and time again, each form being greater than the one before it.
Yuri Arts and his family, planted firmly in the Netherlands, have a love affair with the Honda brand. They’ve owned multiple chassis in addition to the S2, and have modified each one. As time passes we all grow and mature, and the manner upon which we modify cars is definitely an indication of that growth. In 2000, they purchased a ’98 Civic which belonged to his wife, Yvonne, and, in Yuri’s own words, “We pimped it to a pink lady monster.” Clearly, times, styles, and focal points have evolved. Even still, they owned that car until 2010. It has since been replaced with a red S2000, but Yvonne keeps Yuri focused on his build as she doesn’t allow him to do anything major to her S2. So the couple scoots about town in his and her red Honda roadsters, but when it comes to family time, the two needed something to transport their son in. Not surprisingly, another Honda would be added to the stable, this time a new Accord (TSX, to us here in the States) that, regardless of its being strictly a family car, has been graced with wheels, suspension, and an intake from the one-and-only Mugen. Yeah, this family has a bit of a modding addiction.
“The S2000 was my dream car. The looks and the high-revving engine of 9,000 rpm is fantastic. It has race car capabilities and is a convertible. I never thought I would be able to own one.” But it was in 2004 that Yuri was able to purchase the chassis he had dreamt of. That same year, Yuri joined S2Ki.com, the internationally renowned S2K forum that covers essentially anything and everything that an S2000 enthusiast, new or established, could want or need to know. The next year he joined honda-s2000.be, an S2000 enthusiast site specifically for those in the Netherlands. With these two sites offering up countless ideas and inspirational S2 builds, it didn’t take long for Yuri to embark on his own build.
“The performance modifications began in 2006. I was looking more and more in the Forced Induction part of the forum and wanted some more brake horsepower as well,” Yuri says. So the decision was made that Yuri’s S2 would be powered through the use of forced induction. He then chose to contact a shop by the name of Supra Sport to develop a build plan. As the name indicates, the shop specializes in Toyota, but also works on Lexus, Nissan, and other manufacturers. What the Supra Sport crew didn’t specialize in, however, were Hondas. Regardless, Yuri worked with them to develop a build plan and has stayed with them on the project ever since. They’ve been responsible for the installation and/or fabrication of the entire build.
The car has gone through many phases from 2006 to its present incarnation, and all those involved went through hellfire and had to learn the hardest of ways on where and how to improve the build. “With the first setup we didn’t have the cooling under control, so on long runs on the German Autobahn the engine would overheat and internal damage occurred. On the next setup, the engine blew on the dyno because of a mistake the engineer made in the computer. We had to fix it, so we decided to throw away the whole setup and start over, rebuilding the engine from the ground up. This time around the engine caught fire while cruising on the highway,” Yuri reminisces. They discovered that the fuel rail broke off and the fuel that was spilling lit up the whole bay. “We were with four cars and stopped immediately and extinguished the bay. A lot had to be repaired after that.” Yeah, we only imagine. Talk about rising from flames and ashes.
What clearly stands out the most on this build, and the main reason it landed in the odd swaps issue, is the use of a Toyota Supra gearbox. The 2JZ motor that powers the MKIV Supra is a phenomenal powerplant capable of holding incredible power. With that much potential, Toyota had to mate it to a capable transmission able to handle gobs of horsepower, torque, and abuse. The six-speed Getrag V160 gearbox that resulted is known to handle cars with upwards of 1,500 hp, so its strength, combined with favorable gear ratios begin to make their choice to utilize it in this turbo build more and more logical. But choosing to use the transmission is one thing, making it all work together is another. The guys at Supra Sport had to fabricate a completely custom, all-aluminum adaptor plate to mate the transmission to the F-series mill. In addition to the gearbox, they utilized the Toyota OEM Torsen limited-slip differential.
With the knowledge gained from the previous F/I setups, the current setup was decided upon and executed. They completely rebuilt it and stroked the original F20C to 2.2L. A Garrett TS-GT35R turbo with a PFabrications twin-scroll manifold was chosen to handle induction duties, while a fully custom Supra Sport fuel system using Bosch 2,000cc injectors was created to quench the subsequent thirst. With everything eventually situated, the car was put on the dyno, the AEM EMS connected, and the critical tuning session began. The result was a staggering 600 bhp and 560 n•m at 1.5 Bar utilizing 91-octane fuel.
Through bouts of overheating, blown motors, and fuel fires… each time the build was reborn and arose once again. It would seem that the cycle has ended, as Yuri and the crew at Supra Sport were able to create rock-solid numbers without any major issues. “Lately the car has performed perfectly,” Yuri says. So, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Well, apparently, wrong. Yuri adds, “We have a new engine setup in the making. Twin scroll is going out the door. We plan to use a new, simple turbo but with the help of an Eaton supercharger. So we’ll have way more power in the low rpm, quicker spool up for the turbo, and we’ll use E85 to bump it all up to at least 800 bhp.” Well, it looks like yet another incarnation of this beautiful red S2000 is on the way, and perhaps the greatest one yet.
“The S2000 was my dream car. The looks and the high-revving engine of 9,000 rpm is fantastic. It has race car capabilities and is a convertible. I never thought I would be able to own one.”
Bolts & Washers
2000 Honda S2000
2.2 stroker kit with forged pistons
PFabrications twin-scroll manifold
Garrett TS-GT35R turbocharger and intercooler
Custom ATI crank pulley
Toyota Supra 6-speed gearbox
Toyota Supra limited-slip differential
Supra Sport aluminum engine to gearbox adaptor
Supra Sport custom fuel system with swirl pot
Bosch 2,000cc injectors
Ultimate Racing dual 3-inch exhaust
Koyorad aluminum radiator
Polished valve cover
Gas hood shocks
Driveshaft Shop axles
Password:JDM carbon radiator cooling plate
Carbonetics carbon twin plate clutch
600 bhp at 9,200 rpm, 560 n•m
Modified MY07 S2000 front and rear subframes
Intrax 1K2 suspension with antiroll control
Cusco reinforcement bars
Rotora big brake kit
Wheels & Tires
OZ Ultraleggera LM wheels
Bridgestone RE-11 semislicks
Full paintjob with extra clear lacquer
Downforce side diffusers
MY04 S2000 rear bumper
Chargespeed carbon rear under caps
Password:JDM carbon front splitter
Password:JDM carbon full underbody diffuser
Seibon carbon hardtop
Seibon carbon hood
Seibon carbon wing
New Honda OEM hardtop installation components
USDM AP2 headlights
USDM AP2 taillights
Alcantara accents on seats, door panels, and dashboard
Carbon center console
Various new Honda parts
AEM Series 2 EMS
Racelogic traction control
Defi BF gauges with controller
I would mainly want to thank my wife Yvonne, for letting me do my thing. My tuner Arnout Van Der Kamp (www.suprasport.nl), for building this unbelievably beautiful and fast car. My friend Noud Klaver, for always being available to drive to my tuner, which is 60km away, hundreds of times in the last couple of years.
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This site is a Belgian and Dutch S2000 enthusiast online community and is very well organized. Constantly involved with its members in ways that can easily be the envy of the worldwide S2000 enthusiast community, they even put together multiple trips in which members toured Europe together. In 2009, they went to Italy to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the S2000. It was there that they all met the main designer of the car, who traveled from Japan to join them on the trip. Pretty damn cool, right?
Later that same year they were invited by Honda Japan to come to the manufacturing plant in the Land of the Rising Sun to see the last S2000s roll off the production line. Even more cool! Yuri made sure to optimize on the circumstances and make the most out of his trip to Japan. He took an extra week to visit Rays, J’s Racing, Spoon Sports, and more.
With everything eventually situated, the car was put on the dyno, the AEM EMS connected, and the critical tuning session began. The result was a staggering 600 bhp and 560 n•m at 1.5 Bar utilizing 91-octane fuel.