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2005 Honda S2000 - Daily Driver Dilemma

Travis Sewell bangs gears in his 400-plus horsepower roadster day in and out

Matt Rodriguez
Aug 6, 2014
Photographer: Faiz Rahman

When it comes to building a Honda, sometimes the biggest decision revolves around whether to keep the car as a daily driver or subject it to weekend-only duty. Due to Honda's legendary reliability, it's not entirely uncommon to see a full-blown build used as an everyday commuter. And in some cases, the owner simply doesn't have the luxury of owning two vehicles with specific purposes. One thing's for certain: for the most part, those who use their cars for daily duties often shy away from heavy engine modifications to insure they don't compromise the reliability factor too much. Travis Sewell, owner of this sleek back 2005 Honda S2000, isn't one of those people.

CCW rims Photo 2/13   |   CCW Rims

The first thing you probably notice about Sewell's S2K, other than the immaculate black paint and hardtop, is the intercooler smiling behind a grill-less AP2 front bumper. That custom intercooler of course leads to something special - a Science of Speed Novi 1200 supercharger kit with 3.4-inch pulley.

Engine bay Photo 3/13   |   Engine Bay

Superchargers and basic turbo kits are no strangers to daily driven S2000. The F-series mill has proven it can hold up quite well under mild boost, but Sewell wasn't interested in settling on mid-200 horsepower numbers like so many before him. No, he was shooting for more like 400whp. With a roommate that operates a tuning shop, Sewell was able to install the kit at his roomie's shop, and then apply his personal tuning touch and drive the Honda S2000 away with 440whp. To achieve the impressive number, ID1000 injectors, a J's Racing header and T1R exhaust were combined under the watchful eye of an AEM EMS V2.

Interior Photo 4/13   |   Interior

A menacing exterior highlighted by a Seibon hardtop and JDP Engineering rear diffuser matches the evil that lurks under the hood. In the wheel department, a set of staggered CCW Classics were shoehorned under the completely reworked arches, allowing for 10.5-inch running gear the rear to take advantage of the newfound power. The fender massaging, as well almost 10 years of wear and tear, took its toll and Sewell felt like it was time to re-spray the S2000. A few coats of Crystal Black Pearl from the eighth-gen Civic gave the roadster a renewed appearance.

Jdp diffuser Photo 5/13   |   Jdp Diffuser

If you have a second car that you daily drive, there's no doubt that you're daydreaming about driving your project car during that daily commute. For Travis Sewell, there's no dreaming needed; he bangs gears in his 400-plus horsepower S2000 day in and day out.

Rear Photo 6/13   |   Rear

Behind the Build

Travis Sewell's 2005 Honda S2000

Engine J's Racing header; T1R 70r-em Sparrow exhaust; Invidia 70mm test pipe; Tial Q blow off valve; custom intercooler w/heat exchanger; Science of Speed supercharger kit; Novi 1200 w/ 3.4-inch pulley; Full-Blown fuel pump, radiator; 2 SPAL 13-inch radiator fans; Injector Dynamics 1000cc fuel injectors; ACT Stage 3 clutch, 9lb flywheel; AEM Series II EMS engine management

Novi supercharger Photo 7/13   |   Novi Supercharger

Suspension Buddy Club N+ coilovers

Braking Stoptech rotors; Hawk pads; stainless steel lines

Wheels/Tires CCW Classic 18x9" +34 front, 18x10.5" +47 rear; Hankook 215/45/18 front, 245/35/18

Exterior Custom rolled and flared front fenders, rolled fenders and relocated rear bumper tabs, vented OEM hood; OEM Honda AP2 front lip; JDP rear diffuser; Seibon carbon fiber hard top; Downforce carbon fiber side diffusers; Veilside spoiler; APR carbon fiber mirrors; JDM OEM Honda red badges

Interior Moddiction countersunk shift knob; AEM boost gauge, air/fuel ratio gauge

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