When you buy an already modified project car, like this 2006 Honda S2000, you can expect that two byproducts will almost always accompany that purchase. The first is that you'll hear, "Isn't that so and so's car?" over and over again, probably for years to come. The other is that 9 times out of 10, the car's original builder will have left some unfinished portions or modified something that either needs repair or, in some cases, a complete "do-over." For Aymaan Rehman, the S2000's current owner, that first item isn't an issue at all in his eyes, and in terms of righting the wrongs of the car's past, this AP2 was not only built right but was expertly maintained, and now Aymaan is enjoying the fruits of that dedication.
A rite of passage for many, hands-on building has been the cornerstone of import enthusiasm since its earliest days, but not everyone has the knowhow or time to dedicate to building something to the level of this S2k. Aymaan adds, "I knew I wanted something that I could just get in and enjoy the crap out of. I am now 22 years old, but I work day and night on my own business working with clients. Since time is worth a lot to me, I wanted a car that was built with reputable, high-end authentic parts and had an overwhelming attention to detail." That's exactly what he got after putting the word out via social media that he was on the hunt for an S2000 or Supra and was hit with an overwhelming amount of potential options.
This car caught Aymaan's attention immediately, and as he dove deeper into the parts and the meticulous upkeep, he knew he'd found the one. "After opening the message, it was love at first sight. I quickly came to find out that this car was perfect for me. A Grand Prix White, unmolested, supercharged, widebody S2000 with only the best of the best parts was laid in front of my eyes on my laptop screen. I was dead set on this car." Negotiations began digitally but eventually led to a 5-minute phone conversation that sealed the deal. A flight was booked to St. Louis, Mo. to pick up a car that Aymaan was infatuated with but had only seen in photos.
Agreeing to spend thousands of hard-earned dollars on a car you've never seen in person is a major step. In Aymaan's case, serving as the Creative Director at LGND Supply Co. afforded the purchase and he was confident the car would be up to par, but nevertheless, it's a nerve-racking thought. Any feelings of potential regret were washed away after the previous owner picked Aymaan up from the airport and drove him 2.5 hours to Poplar Bluff, where he'd open the door to the S2000's home - a climate-controlled garage. "The car did not seem real. I thought to myself, 'is this actually happening?' Seeing this car in person made my decision to buy this car that much better. It was almost surreal. The car was one of the cleanest examples of an S2000 I've ever seen."
On the outside, the pristine paint carries over the straight body and onto ASM over fenders in the rear, with Kingdom Metalworks of Kentucky's hand-crafted steel widebody fenders up front. The factory hood was pierced in order to create three vents on the hot side of the F22C, and up front a factory AP2 front lip is bolted in place. Just under that lip is a Downforce carbon-fiber splitter accompanied by a pair of APR canards. APR also supplied the lightweight side mirrors and the GTC-200 carbon rear wing. The most sought-after exterior addition by far is the authentic Mugen carbon fiber hardtop that caps off the body updates.
Keeping a stock set of wheels on a car like this would be criminal, so a square set of Enkei NT03s in 18x9-inch, +27 offset were added and partially cover Spoon Sports Monoblock calipers. The larger brakes clamp EBC "Red Stuff" pads onto DBA rotors after brake fluid passes through Science of Speed brake lines. You won't find bargain suspension on this AP2, its original shock and spring combo ditched for Ohlins Road & Track coilovers. The ride height is dialed-in to a tasteful level and allows Aymaan to take advantage of the wider track afforded by the custom front fenders and quarter panel add-ons.
Everyone loves the high-revving F-series under the hood but most feel things are a lot more fun with a taste of boost. Doubling the power output happens with a Science of Speed supercharger kit that spins upon a 3.2 pulley, with spent gases moving from an internally stock engine to a J's Racing header and through a single outlet T1R exhaust. With Hondata's user-friendly FlashPro on board and Evans Tuning working their magic, the 2.2L now pumps out 460whp and 290 lb-ft of torque with power instantaneous, rather than forcing you to hold your breath until you reach the power band.
It's not often you find an S2000 cared for at this level up for sale, and it's rare that someone is in the position to make a purchase that's mutually beneficial for both parties, but that's exactly what happened. Since taking ownership, Aymaan has been enjoying his S2000 as-is and relishing in his decision to purchase the car. When asked what, if anything, is next for this AP2, he stated, "With all the parts the car has, it's pretty much done...but you know how car guys are, nothing is ever done. A carbon fiber steering wheel is on the way and the wheel setup is going to be changed soon."