Perseverance goes a long way in our community. It's sad to say, but all too often there are fickle car owners who only mod their vehicles because it's the popular thing to do at that particular moment. Once they lose interest, they ditch their cars and move onto another hobby that they'll no doubt drop just as quickly. Cars are then left unfinished and their owners have potential that will never be realized. To be fair, not everyone gets into building a car as much as others and that's perfectly fine. We just appreciate the enthusiasts who really dig in deep, and not only create a great car, but also find out a little about themselves in the process.
Alex Peng, owner of this supercharged '07 AP2, has seen his fair share of adversity. Car troubles are common every day battles, but challenges in his personal life have caused him to shift his entire way of living. By the time this issue is released on newsstands, he won't even be able to see it because he has since relocated to his native country of Taiwan. His dad is experiencing some health issues, and being the good son that he is, Alex has moved across the world to tend to him. We've decided to tell you his story not because of his S2000, which he will tell you, is quite ordinary, but because of his ability to drive the living hell out of it. The term "ordinary" is subjective of course. To him, this is an S2000 with off-the-shelf parts that anyone can put together. What sets him apart is how man and machine come together on the track and the lap times have been falling ever since.
"This is my second S2000," Alex says. "I acquired my first AP1 S2000 back in the summer of 2007 and started tracking it right away. I blew up two motors, two transmissions, and two differentials in pretty much one year, but I was able to achieve a sub 2-minute lap time (2:00.4) at Buttonwillow Raceway. For me, it was a pretty big feat that came with a heavy price tag, but it was worth it."
Peng eventually sold that battle-worn AP1 and replaced it with this AP2. He's taken what he has learned from his first car and applied it to this one. Since he started tracking this S2000, he hasn't blown-up anything and is quite proud of how reliable his Honda is. As Alex tells us, "The car might not be pretty or have a ton of parts on it, but it is probably the fastest car that can be driven to and from the track."
Besides the highly-respectable lap time at Buttonwillow, his list of accomplishments also includes, but are not limited to, multiple 1st place finishes in the Speed Ventures, Extreme Time Attack, and Redline Time Attack series, as well as being the season champion in multiple events in 2011. In 2013, he has been on the podium at every event he has competed in. We can sit here and talk about the modifications like the Science of Speed Stage 2 supercharger and Eibach R2 suspension, but to Alex, they are just parts. What is vital to his success is the sum of all these mods and how they all come together in unison.
"I cannot think of any part on this car that I haven't already changed three times or more! The most enjoyable process, besides the driving, was trying different parts and figuring out the best combination to create great balance. More modifications don't necessarily mean that you will go faster. Driver skill and balanced vehicle dynamics are the keys to being fast," Peng explains.
His triumphs on the track are commendable, but his strength in the face of personal hardships are the real victories in his life. In 2012, Peng was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, an auto immune system malfunction that is genetic and will be with him for the rest of his life. The disorder affects many tissues and organs, but primarily attacks flexible joints. This causes pain and often disabling effects in the hands, which are essential to driving. Because of this condition, he had to take much of 2012 off just to let his hands rest and wasn't able to prep his S2000 for the Super Lap Battle series. Even in his time of rest, he still managed to set the new Street AWD record at Super Lap Battle in Massimo Power's Mitsubishi Evo.
"Don't let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do. I really wanted to challenge the Evasive Motorsports S2000's street tire all-time record and compete at Super Lap Battle, but between dealing with my condition and also having to take care of my dad, I just haven't had the time to. Now that I am in Taiwan, I plan to continue to race cars and hone my craft. I'm driving a J's Racing-prepped S2000 very soon in an endurance race sponsored by Ohlins Taiwan. I'm pretty excited about it and I'm thankful that Honda Tuning is giving me the opportunity to showcase my car. To me, this is the perfect example of a low-budget build that can achieve really fast lap times while still retaining maximum reliability."
Bolts & Washers
Innovative 75a engine mounts
Science of Speed Stage 2 supercharger (9psi)
Science of Speed Stage 2 heat exchanger
Science of Speed intake w/AEM filter
TODA exhaust manifold
Custom titanium exhaust
Berk Technology 70mm test pipe
Koyo aluminum radiator
Walbro 255lph fuel pump
RC 750cc fuel injectors
ACT Heavy Duty clutch disc
OEM Honda AP1 flywheel
Carbonetics 1.5-way limited-slip differential
Clutch delay valve delete
400whp 250lb-ft of tq at 9 PSI
Eibach R2 coilovers (Momofoolio-spec)
Tracy Sports control arms
J's Racing rear control arms
AP Racing front big brake calipers
DBA front brake rotors
Project Mu 999 front brake pads
Rear Hawk DTC-70 rear brake pads
Goodridge G-Force brake lines
Wheels And Tires
18x9.5 +35 WEDsSport TC105N
265/35-18 Hankook RS-3
Custom flared front/rear fenders
Wasp Composite carbon kevlar front splitter
Custom-made end plates
APR front bumper
APR Type 2 carbon canards
APR carbon fiber GT mirrors
APR GTC-250 rear spoiler
Seibon Mugen-style carbon hard top w/Lexan rear window
Rear bumper cut-out
Forcewerkz aero side diffuser
Recaro SPG seats
Hardog 4-point roll bar
KEY!S Racing 350mm steering wheel
Works Bell Team Orange-edition quick release
Science of Speed NSX Type-S shift knob
Rear trim delete
Special thanks to my family, my friends, my fans, and all my sponsors, I wouldn't have done it all without all your support, love ya'll!
Rising Star Motors
JRZ Suspension Engineering
Extreme Speed Track Events
McLain Synthetics/ Amsoil
Currently awaiting Taiwanese military duty
NSX Mugen Type RR
Inspiration For This Build
To build the fastest streetable track car
LS14 (Current project) and possibly another S2K
Alex Peng has found the right combination of balance and speed but he also attributes his success to the people he has met in his journey to multiple season championships. "I've met a lot of great people along the way who have helped to further enhance my confidence as a person overall," Alex declares. "Competition and countless nights without sleep working on cars together in the garage have made us a really tight group--hence the creation of Momofoolio Racing. You can find a ton of in-car video of me in action on YouTube just by searching 'Momofoolio.' Since I'm in Taiwan now, my S2000 is currently in storage in the U.S. but I can't wait to come back! Thanks for the support!"