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2005 Honda S2000 (AP2) - True to the Core

The Honda S2000 may be old news, but for Evasive Motorsports, it's a vehicle that continues to distinguish the company as one of the most recognized shops in the world

Apr 22, 2019
Photographer: Darren Martin

There are many people out there who feel the Honda S2000 is played out, washed up, and old news. We're here to tell you those people couldn't be any more wrong. The two-seater, rear-wheel-drive roadster was a favorite among not just Honda enthusiasts, but driving enthusiasts as well. It was light, agile, and powered by a high-revving inline-four VTEC F-series engine. More than 60,000 S2000s were sold in America between the years of 1999 and 2009, and it's considered by many to be a future classic. You're already witnessing this today, as low-mileage and mint-condition models are jumping up in value on the used car market. And just when you think they're all looking the same, builders are pushing the envelope year after year with different color changes, new combinations of parts and wheels, and wilder forced-induction upgrades and engine swaps. Quite honestly, we're far from getting bored of 'em; you can take last year's Honda issue as a prime example, which featured Schmuck Built's J-swapped, twin-turbo monster as well as Rywire's Mugen-themed masterpiece. For this year's Honda Issue, the S2000 is once again in the spotlight, this time featuring a purpose-built road course warrior developed by Southern California's Evasive Motorsports.

Schmuck built honda s2000 Photo 2/24   |   Schmuck Built Honda S2000
Rywire honda s2000 Photo 3/24   |   Rywire Honda S2000

Evasive is one of those shops that if you've followed the industry for a long time, you know what it's all about. The crew hasn't really altered their business model, but instead continued to excel in what they do best—sell high-quality parts, offer exceptional mechanical service, and build race-proven cars. Breaking ground in 2002, founders Mike Chang and Tony Kwan started off with a tiny operation and an e-commerce website. In 2004, they picked up their first S2000 and began to tinker with the car and prepare it for local track events. In 2008, things really kicked into gear when they launched the service side of the business and campaigned their first competitive Time Attack car—a Mitsubishi Evo that commanded Super Lap Battle records at Buttonwillow Raceway for many years. We also can't forget Evasive has competed at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb four years in a row and has brought its insane Scion FR-S to race at Tsukuba Circuit in Japan, something not many North American shops can claim. Simply put, motorsports are embedded within Evasive's DNA, as demonstrated by this S2000 nicknamed "EVS2-V4."

Evasive motorsports mitsubishi Evo Photo 4/24   |   Evasive Motorsports Mitsubishi Evo
Evasive motorsports scion FRS Photo 5/24   |   Evasive Motorsports Scion FRS
Evasive motorsports scion FRS Photo 6/24   |   Evasive Motorsports Scion FRS

"We kept the same formula and kept building Time Attack cars to showcase the shop's know-how regarding parts and service," Mike explains. "The S2000 was a very big part of our success. Reason being, it's a driver-focused car. We were able to extract a lot out of it. It's an underdog in the Time Attack world, and from that, we built awareness around how this car is and started a movement toward tracking your S2000. It's one of those cars that's so different and unique, new cars won't replace it. There is always going to be people tracking these cars, and people are still invested in them even after 20 years."

This is Evasive's fourth officially branded S2000. The first was painted blue as well, however, it was an AP1 model. It held its own at Super Lap in the Street Class for several years, basically resetting the class record each time it competed. The second vehicle was a rebuilt version in red that also captured records at Super Lap. The third belonged to a customer, and Evasive customized this particular blue S2K to a higher specification with pistons, rods, more advanced chassis tuning, and more aggressive aero. Then we come to this fourth example... It was debuted at last year's SEMA Show, and now we're months away from seeing how it'll stack up at this year's Super Lap. And judging by its looks, we have another record-setting contender on our hands.

EVS2 V4 Photo 10/24   |   EVS2 V4
EVS2 V4 Photo 11/24   |   EVS2 V4

"Visually, the aero is extreme as it gets it," Mike continues. "It's a Voltex kit derived from the Top Fuel S2000, which has been competing in Japan for a while—the fastest S2000 in the world. Voltex has done so much research with wind tunnel and track testing, and it's made many refinements throughout the years. Our kit is a toned-down version of the Top Fuel kit. While theirs is built for 800 to 900 hp, ours is built for 500 hp. It's designed to not have as much downforce with the least amount of drag."

Identified as the Circuit Version 3, the dry carbon kit includes a full front bumper replacement, widened fenders, rear diffuser, gigantic chassis-mounted rear wing, plus a full flat-bottom undertray. The complex aero package was installed by founder of Voltex Akihiro Nakajima himself. The Evasive crew didn't mind the helping hand, as this was the first kit sold outside of Voltex's own R&D car in Japan. Mike credited his healthy 10-plus-year relationship with Voltex for the opportunity to showcase such a breathtaking and functional body kit on the S2000. We should also note, Evasive is responsible for pushing Voltex to make products for the S2000 over the years. While it's a sports car that was manufactured and sold in Japan, the S2K doesn't quite have the hard-core following it does here in the States.

2005 honda s2000 voltex circuit v3 rear diffuser Photo 15/24   |   2005 Honda S2000 Voltex Circuit V3 Rear Diffuser

This EVS2-V4 is a culmination of previous Evasive demo cars, with aspirations to become one of the fastest S2000s in the world. With that said, we don't expect many folks to be going out and buying this kit anytime soon. It's listed at $29,500 (gasp!). Mike joked that Evasive offers financing, but in all honesty, we're content with this car being the one and only Circuit Version 3 example outside of Japan for now, and we give the Evasive team props that it will follow the footsteps of its previous Time Attack challengers.

Beyond the Voltex aero, there are plenty of other noteworthy modifications that shouldn't be overlooked. The mirrors are modeled off race cars you'd typically see on Le Mans prototypes and will be something Evasive offers its customers later this year. The entire vehicle was also designed around being as light as possible. While the dry carbon Voltex kit weighs next to nothing, J's Racing composite doors, an Evasive-made carbon trunk, and a fully gutted interior ensure overall curb weight is minimal. "Anything that has been replaced has been replaced with lighter material," Mike reiterates.

2005 honda s2000 engine bay Photo 19/24   |   2005 Honda S2000 Engine Bay

While all the upgrades might appear out of reach to the average S2000 owner, virtually all the parts are accessible and have been tested by Evasive on the track, such as the Moton suspension, AP Racing front brakes, Advan wheels, Wisefab spherical uprights and links, as well as the ball joints and bumpsteer kits developed by Evasive.

2005 honda s2000 OMP 0D1979N steering wheel Photo 20/24   |   2005 Honda S2000 OMP 0D1979N Steering Wheel

To our surprise, the current 295-series tires might be one of the hardest things to get your hands on—a Japan/Australia-exclusive Yokohama Advan 050 R Spec. These particular R compounds would position the EVS2-V4 in the Unlimited Class at World Time Attack Challenge; however, Evasive will be switching to a different rubber when it runs Super Lap later this year.

As far as the engine goes, this F22 setup is something completely new to the Evasive team. The previous V3 car did have boost, pistons, and rods, however, this version features a Toda stroker kit to increase capacity, a prototype HKS blower exclusive to this build, and a full Port Flow head package with Ferrea valves. A final tune is in the works, but Mike estimates power to be rated at 500 whp and 360 lb-ft of torque. The seven-speed sequential transmission is also brand new from Japan, and, according to Mike, it's the first OS Giken sequential dogbox installed outside of OS's own R&D car.

2005 honda s2000 voltex circuit v3 hood Photo 24/24   |   2005 Honda S2000 Voltex Circuit V3 Hood

"This S2000 doesn't have the highest power, but at Buttonwillow it has a chance. We're shooting for the fastest we've ever gone," Mike concludes. With Evasive's history of campaigning Evos, GT-Rs, and other record-breaking S2000s, we're excited to see how the story of the EVS2-V4 unfolds. Chances are, there will be rear-wheel-drive competitors on the track with 200 to 300 more horsepower than Evasive's S2000, but something tells us Evasive knows what it's doing and it doesn't mind being the underdog.

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2005 Honda S2000 (AP2) - True to the Core
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Owner: Evasive Motorsports
Hometown: Santa Fe Springs, CA
Occupation: Online parts sales, Auto mechanic shop
Instagram: @evasivemotorsports
Power: 500whp, 360 lb-ft of torque
Engine: Toda Racing 2.35 stroker kit with 12.1:1 compression, Spec A2 camshaft, valvesprings, valve guides, timing chain, tensioner; Ferrea intake and exhaust valves; Port Flow head package; Injector Dynamics 1,700cc injectors; Sard fuel collector tank; Bosch 044 fuel pump; Radium fuel rail; HKS GT8550 supercharger, oil cooler; Origin Fab exhaust manifold, titanium exhaust, oil catch can, radiator overflow tank; EVS Tuning baffled oil pan; Ignition Project coilpack; Koyo radiator
Drivetrain: OS Giken OS-FR-7 seven-speed sequential transmission, R2C twin-plate clutch, 1.5-way limited-slip differential, differential stud bolt kit; EVS Tuning driveshaft spacer, high-capacity differential cover
Engine Management: MoTeC M150 ECU, C127 dash
Footwork & Chassis: Moton 2-Way Motorsports dampers; Swift 22K front, 24K rear springs; Wisefab front and rear Track Grip kit with full spherical and aluminum uprights; EVS Tuning front and rear bumpsteer kits, front roll center adjuster joint
Brakes: AP Racing big brake kit; J's Racing oversized rear rotor; Project Mu Club Racer pads, G-Four fluid
Wheels & Tires: 18x11 +15 Advan Racing TC4 wheels in Racing Gunmetallic; 295/30R18 Yokohama Advan A050 R Spec tires
Exterior: Voltex Circuit Version 3 aero (front bumper, dry carbon underwing splitter, carbon infusion hood, dry carbon front fender side panels, rear fenders, dry carbon side under panels, dry carbon center panel, dry carbon rear diffuser, dry carbon 2000mm Type 13 rear wing, chassis mount wing brackets); EVS Tuning Carbon Aero GTLM mirrors, tow hook, dry carbon trunk; Mugen hardtop; J's Racing lightweight carbon-fiber doors; custom blended HDR Apex Blue paint
Interior: Bride Gardis III bucket seats; Schroth Profi six-point harnesses; EVS Tuning low-position seat rails; custom six-point rollcage; OMP WRC OD1979N steering wheel; Works Bell quick-release adapter; fire suppression system

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