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2000 Honda S2000 - The Game-Winning Grand Slam

Inside a homerun that was engineered for agility, re-inspired by a Porsche, and then built by one of the most badass Honda shops in all of Japan

Micah Wright
Apr 20, 2017
Photographer: Christopher Jue

Sometimes a build is best brought to life when someone gives up on it. By doing so, this allows another enthusiast to step up to the plate in order to take a swing at doing something spectacular. Naturally, this doesn't always work, but when it does, holy shit, are all the bystanders in for a show!

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When Yuu Majima of M&M Honda bought this S2000 in '10, from one of his customers, he had little intention of making it the sexy beast it is today. At that time, the only mods on the roadster were a Spoon bumper, TEIN coilovers, and a set of CE28 rollers. But after driving the soft-top for a while, Majima-san realized that it might be time for some Mugen love, so he installed a far more refined way of tackling compression and rebound. It was a pretty slick setup, at least, until the car got crushed like a cold can of Asahi one day, with the rear suspension taking the brunt of the blow.

But being that his AP1 was far from a complete loss, Majima-san decided that this was his chance to take a second swing at things. So being that the Mugen setup was about as kaput as Rick Moranis' acting career, a fresh suspension combo was swapped in once more. This time in the form of M&M Honda's exclusive Ohlins Pro-type coilovers with a custom valve setting. Then, the heavy hitter was suddenly rethinking ways in which he could connect big time via an extremely well thought-out build. It was around this time that Majima-san began fabricating the flat-bottom aero kit that can still be found on the car today, all in the hopes of helping to keep the car better planted on the track.

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During this point of the two-year-long build, the two-seater was still serving double duty as a test mule at the shop and as a daily driver for its owner, with a fully built EF9 standing in as a dedicated track demon. But when Majima-san suddenly became inflamed with an undying desire to see a widebody kit on the S2000, things suddenly began to kick into high gear and the EF9 was placed on the back burner.

Despite being deterred by numerous woes during the design process, pulling inspiration from OEM and aftermarket Porsche lines pushed the Honda-exclusive tuner to new levels. By '15 the kit was complete and installed on the AP1, and Majima-san had decided that marketing production-ready versions of his unique M&M Honda Hyper widebody kit needed to be in order.

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At the same time of the kit's completion, a full Toda engine build with matching ITBs were powering the high compression platform, and new performance upgrades for the S2K were emerging every other day. In true tuner fashion, this only made the devout Honda fanatic all the more inspired, and Majima-san quickly went to work designing a one-off titanium exhaust system. Next, he sourced a Mugen fiberglass lid that could easily be color-matched.

With the body work almost complete, it was time to turn toward wheel arch measurements so Majima-san could saddle-up to homeplate with the perfect size and offset at the ready. Being in the aftermarket Honda business certainly has its perks, especially when you've been around for over three decades. A quick call over to Work Wheels returned some outstanding results. After giving the dimensions he was looking for, Meister M1 wheels came back as the ideal option, based purely upon the extreme offsets Majima-san was looking to run. Complete with a polished lip, the red-faced wheels looked like they were meant to be on the vehicle, and it was time for a bit of testing.

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Majima-san had decided it was high time to let the S2K stretch its legs, and the infamous Autopolis Circuit was the obvious choice for the first real shakedown. After tweaking the AEM ECU a bit, and handing over the keys to pro driver and close friend Eiji "Tarzan" Yamada, the results were in. Yamada-san came back grinning like he had just caught a glimpse of Jane swinging nude beneath the jungle canopy, openly admitting that he was very impressed with the amount of grip the car provided.

Now that the heavily reshaped S2000 was dialed in properly, Majima-san went about marketing and promoting his widebody creation. While future plans will likely include things like a rollcage for better and safer time attack runs, and eliminating both AC and heater systems remains a must, shaving off weight really is the goal across the board. Although plans to cut kilos include fabricating a custom floor pan, Majima-san admits that it's the wider track and broader contact patches that make him grin every time he climbs inside.

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With a front that is 80mm wider, and a rear that's 100mm wider, 295-series tires in the rear reinforce the Honda builder's belief that attaching a fully functional widebody aero kit to an S2000 will only improve its performance when executed properly. This car is just one of many Honda models that have been a huge hit for the Fukuoka-based tuning shop. Not just as a race car and R&D marketing tool, but as an example of what is possible when the right people take the plate, and subsequently hit a grand slam like no other.

By Micah Wright
34 Articles
2000 Honda S2000 - The Game-Winning Grand Slam
Tuning Menu
Owner: Yuu Majima
Location: Fukuoka, Japan
Occupation: Owner, M&M Honda
Engine: port and polished head; reshaped valve seats; fresh guides; polished, bored, and honed block; Toda Racing C2A cams, cam gears, retainers, headgasket, timing belt, .5mm oversized pistons with 12.3:1 ratio, rods, crank pulley, Sports Injection 50mm individual throttle bodies with 88mm stacks, fuel rail; M&M Honda valves, air filters, adjustable fuel pressure regulator, titanium exhaust, cat, baffled oil pan, silicone hoses, radiator, thermostat, engine torque damper, solid engine mounts; WPC engine treatment on pistons, rings and pins; Mugen mounts; NGK wires, plugs, Panasonic 80B24R battery
Drivetrain: M&M ATS Special metal two-way differential, carbon spec RR clutch, chromoly flywheel; M&M Honda shifter assembly, differential mount twin frame damper kit
Engine Management: AEM plug-in ECU and wiring harness
Footwork & Chassis: M&M Honda/Ohlins Special Type 3 dampers; M&M Honda upper mounts, springs, sway bars, strut bars, rear lower control arms, camber control arms, roll center adjusters, tie rod ends, aluminum flat bottom kit
Brakes: AP Type S front calipers; EP3 front rotors; Ferrod 2500 pads; AP Racing front, M&M Honda rear stainless lines
Wheels & Tires: 18x10.5" -8 front, 18x11.5" -19 rear Work Meister M1 wheels; 265/40R18 front, 295/40R18 rear Yokohama Advan A050 M tires; M&M Honda chromoly racing lug nuts; 5mm front, 30mm rear spacers
Exterior: M&M Honda Hyper Widebody MR Type Racing front lip, Type HF wing, Type T carbon-fiber hood, reinforced trunk, Hyper fenders, carbon-fiber canards; Mugen fiberglass hardtop; Craftsquare mirrors; black pearl/red metallic paint
Interior: Recaro TSG seats, seat rails; Takata 4-point harnesses; MOMO Tuner steering wheel; Works Bell Rapfix II quick release; M&M Honda race pedals, reinforced clutch pedal assembly, carbon-fiber door panel inserts; Defi gauges
Thanks You: our long time customers here in Japan and around the world; our distributors; our partner and friend Dave Bendel aka M&M Dave for helping with all of our English speaking customers

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