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2005 Honda S2000 - The Rematch

Call it a comeback - he'll be here for years

Rodrez
Oct 24, 2018
Photographer: Al Norris

There's not much to dislike about Honda's highly touted, high-revving 2-seater. Ever since the day it was released, almost 20 years ago, the S2000 has been held in high regard even by the anti-Honda front. With almost a decade passing since the last few models rolled off the assembly line, the aftermarket and enthusiast demand has only increased. As a result, much like the modified Civic and Accord families, there are as many disasters as there are shining examples of the roadster motoring up and down your local streets.

2005 honda s2000 js racing v1 carbon wing Photo 2/18   |   2005 Honda S2000 Js Racing V1 Carbon Wing

Ok, so "disaster" might be a bit harsh, but there are certainly a large number of builds that look more like an afterthought than a well-executed plan. This particular AP2 was the result of a well-mapped plan, and as a result didn't take any shortcuts and every addition made over the past few years was an effort to reach a specific vision. Its owner, Marvin Ma, had a bit of an edge when it came to building this car, as it wasn't his first. He explains, "This started from when I had my first S2000 in 2008. I'd always wanted to build the car using ASM and other quality parts." However, Japanese produced specialty parts became a thing of the past when Marvin's S went on the injured list after having spun a trio of bearings.

2005 honda s2000 asm front bumper Photo 3/18   |   2005 Honda S2000 Asm Front Bumper

The original S2000 went up for sale and Marvin, taking the bottom end woes as a sign that it was time to move on, decided to sell the car and focus his attention on a 5th-gen. Civic build. But even with that hatchback taking its fair share of dollars and free time, the thought of that convertible was never completely off of his mind. He adds, "I always regretted getting rid of the first one so I knew I had to get another one later on down the road." That road he's referring to ended somewhere around 2016 when he sourced this 2005 model from a local dealer and his story had all the makings of a rematch.

2005 honda s2000 ASM fenders Photo 4/18   |   2005 Honda S2000 ASM Fenders

"The goal for this build was to have a clean, functional car that I could enjoy but that also represented me. Most people that know me know that I love quality parts and I don't care about spending the money to acquire them." The quality parts began arriving in the form of ASM's coveted front bumper and carbon fiber lip and extended to the front fenders matched by the rear over-fenders. The newfound space under the wheel wells meant that a set of 17x9-inch +22 CE28N with Bridgestone RE71R tires would have no problem squeezing in. Add to that a set of HKS Hipermax SP coilovers and a very functional ride height and Marvin saw an improvement in both the look and behind-the-wheel feel of his AP2. Behind those Volk rollers you'll find Spoon calipers up front that clamp down on StopTech rotors that are also used out back.

2005 honda s2000 carshop glow v1 LED taillights Photo 5/18   |   2005 Honda S2000 Carshop Glow V1 LED Taillights

Looking for a proper balance, Marvin opted for a Wasp carbon composite, chassis-mount front splitter and a J's Racing wing that's perched on iparkharder 245mm titanium wing stands. Just below the carbon wing is a mild Tamon spoiler that sits between Car Shop Glow V1 LED taillights and as your eyes go a little lower, a Spoon rear diffuser occupies the lower bumper space.

2005 honda s2000 recaro pole position seats Photo 6/18   |   2005 Honda S2000 Recaro Pole Position Seats

The mag blue and silver exterior gets a shake up with eye-searing Jersey Red Recaro Pole Position buckets that play off of the red stitching found on the Spoon steering wheel, custom arm rest cover and shift boot - all surrounded by a Cusco 7-point roll cage.

2005 honda s2000 mugen dry carbon intake Photo 7/18   |   2005 Honda S2000 Mugen Dry Carbon Intake

Popping the vented, carbon fiber hood you're met with more functional pieces that keep this S2000 entirely street-friendly. Bolt-on goods that include an ASM cooling panel that leads to a Koyorad radiator sit under a carbon fiber Mugen intake kit that feeds the 2.2L via the Origin Fabrications pie-cut titanium intake tubing. Renegade's catch can and overflow tank combo occupy the front of the bay while the custom battery and ABS unit covers take up the rear.

2005 honda s2000 ASM front bumper Photo 8/18   |   2005 Honda S2000 ASM Front Bumper

Earlier this year Marvin got a visit from an old friend in the form of yet another spun bearing. It was a visit that almost caused him to call it quits. "I contemplated parting the car out at that point but I just couldn't do it. It actually pushed me harder to finish up the car." The rematch with Honda's sporty roadster didn't come cheap and the result of "version 2.5" proves that it was well worth the effort. With the decision to keep the car comes a list of upcoming changes that include new wheels, Project MU brakes along with other updates that we're confident will stay within Marvin's original vision of a functional build that's as fun to drive, as it is to look at.

2005 honda s2000 ASM bodykit Photo 9/18   |   2005 Honda S2000 ASM Bodykit
2005 honda s2000 recaro pole position seat Photo 13/18   |   2005 Honda S2000 Recaro Pole Position Seat
2005 honda s2000 volk ce28n Photo 14/18   |   2005 Honda S2000 Volk Ce28n
2005 honda s2000 carshop glow led taillights Photo 18/18   |   2005 Honda S2000 Carshop Glow Led Taillights
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2005 Honda S2000 - The Rematch
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Owner: Marvin Ma
Engine: Innovative 75A billet mounts; Mugen dry carbon intake; Origin Fabrications titanium intake arm; J's Racing 70rr exhaust; Renegade Motorsports polished coolant overflow tank; JBlood carbon fiber plug cover; Seeker Japan oil cap, rad cap, reservoir cover; Koyorad aluminum radiator; EVS Tuning titanium rad stays; ASM cooling plate; wrinkle black custom engine bay covers; NRG polished hood dampers; Downstar Inc. titanium dress-up bolts, valve cover hardware
Suspension: HKS Hipermax SP coilovers; Spoon shock tower bar
Wheels & Tires: Volk Racing Mag Blue CE28n 17x9 +22; Bridgestone Potenza RE71r; Project Kics r40 neo lugs
Brakes: Spoon monoblock calipers; Stoptech front/rear drilled and slotted rotors; sport pads, steel braided lines
Exterior: ASM front bumper, carbon front lip, fenders, rear over-fenders; VIS A-Spec hood; Wasp carbon composite front chassis-mount splitter; MRacing Type 1 carbon mirrors; Tamon rear spoiler; J's Racing V1 carbon wing; burnt ti hardware; iparkharder 245mm titanium wing stands; CarShop Glow V1 LED taillights; Spoon rear diffuser; OEM side strakes
Interior: Recaro Pole Position seats; Buddy Club seat rails; Downstar Inc. seat an steering wheel hardware; Spoon steering wheel; Circuit Hero hub; NRG 2.5 quick-release; ARC titanium shift knob; Cusco 7pt rollcage; custom black alcantara with red stitch shift boot; MD interiors alcantara with red stitch leather arm rest
Thanks: Huge thank you to my wife that puts up with me and supports my passion. Thank you to all my friends that has helped me with this build. Thank you to all the vendors that's supplied me with parts that were needed. Especially Matt at icbmotorsport.

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