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Andre Sang Pham's 2003 Honda S2000

Meet an S2000 build that blurs the lines between show and track

Big Mike
Feb 22, 2017
Photographer: Dax Rodriguez

There are plenty of enthusiasts out there who categorize their rides as either show or track cars. The question I have is…why can't they be both?! Andre Pham of San Diego, California, agrees with me. His Honda "show car" doesn't need to actually make, oh say… more than 700 whp and 500 lb-ft of torque via a Darton-sleeved F20C with a BorgWarner turbo, Full Race manifold, and Brian Crower drivetrain. Nor does it need roll center adjusters, bumpsteer kits, or subframe bars. It just needs stance, a widebody, bright paint, and graphics, not to mention a big rear wing, right? Well, Andre has something to say about that...

Andre's S2000 has been labeled a show car as well as "track inspired" by many, but it's what he does with his car that does all the talking. In '15, he entered our first-ever Show Car Shootout held at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. For those who don't know, Fontana's 13-turn, 1.45-mile road course is no joke. In the midst of other, more experienced drivers, Andre piloted his incredible S2000 to finish in the top five. I had the pleasure of being at the event; seeing and hearing this machine move on track is a beautiful thing. The build's colorway, which includes JGTC-inspired livery, in addition to the J's Racing aero, made me feel like I was watching a race in Japan. "I was always into Super GT and took a lot of inspiration from there," Andre told us. "I chose the J's Racing kit because I wanted something functional that also looked really aggressive, and the J's Racing Type GT kit does exactly that." No arguments with that at all. The build is as functional as it is aggressive, as fast as it is loud, and more well-rounded in any context than the majority of cars out there. "I wanted a build to be able to take it to a track and put down good times and still roll straight into a show and bring a trophy home." Mission accomplished.

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