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120 Hours With An S2K

Introducing Super Street's Week to Wicked Honda S2000 transformation

Staff
May 17, 2018

THE LATEST ADDITION

There's another project car on the horizon for the Super Street staff, but this one is a little different. Sure, the subject, a 2001 Honda S2000, is easily recognizable, but the circumstances surrounding this particular build are a little different. Typically, when it comes to piecing together a project car, there's plenty of time. Ordering parts, test fitting parts, actual wrenching, adjusting and everything else involved has to be photographed and documented and the timeline is usually fairly loose. The work involved sort of falls in between slots of time that are often filled with hitting deadlines, creating content, attending endless meetings, and balancing temperamental budgets. With the Week To Wicked program, the build-up is condensed into a single business week. That's five days, 120 hours to complete the project while a film crew, social media specialists, and editors document the process.

2001 honda s2000 rear bumper Photo 2/11   |   2001 Honda S2000 Rear Bumper

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

"Week to Wicked" isn't necessarily a term you'd find printed in the pages of Super Street, nor would you hear an editor use that terminology (you're wicked wrong, but okay—Ed.) so where'd it come from? Originally, the domestic brands under the Motor Trend Group (MTG) umbrella established this exact program for their audiences and it went extremely well. That created a snowball effect, and since that first Week to Wicked went live, we've seen MYG's truck group, Mustang staff, and others join the program. Now it's our turn. In regards to the name, no, it's not exactly 120 hours, but you will see five days worth of work (which really is just the tip of the iceberg).

THE STARTING POINT

Our AP1 generation Honda roadster is almost 100 percent bone stock, other than the OZ wheels with mismatched center caps that it rolled in on. Beyond that, the engine, suspension and interior haven't been tampered with, and everything on the car works properly and it drives really well, especially with 137K on the clock. After a visit to our buds at Sportcar Motion, a compression test came back in good shape, and on the lift we couldn't find anything to gripe about.

2001 honda s2000 F20C engine Photo 6/11   |   2001 Honda S2000 F20C Engine

WHAT TO EXPECT

I won't get into specifics just yet—you'll have to tune in next week—but I can say that we'll be ditching the stock suspension, wheels, and tires. We'll also get rid of that massive, one-piece exhaust system, and we'll be introducing a power adder to the stock F20C. Stay tuned as Super Street's Week To Wicked project kicks off Monday, May 21st, and will feature coverage for the Super Street Facebook page and right here on our website.

2001 honda s2000 leather seats Photo 7/11   |   2001 Honda S2000 Leather Seats
2001 honda s2000 F20C engine Photo 11/11   |   2001 Honda S2000 F20C Engine
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