ALAN PHAN

2000 HONDA S2000

Pasmag (Canada) - - Competition - BY ADAM GOR­DON | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEREMY ALAN GLOVER ( @jag­imag­ing)

Alan Phan built his Honda S2000 as a track weapon that still car­ried the aes­thet­ics of a street-driven show car. His affin­ity for the Honda brand started with his old Acura RSX, a pop­u­lar start­ing point for many Honda en­thu­si­asts. He soon knew the S2000 was to be his fu­ture ride, and a few short years later, Phan has built his S2000 into a force to be reck­oned with on the track.

No build is with­out its chal­lenges, and few have been on the re­ceiv­ing end of as much grief as Alan.

“Af­ter the first month of own­ing the car, my F20C blew up on the way to stor­age,” re­calls Phan, think­ing back to the days when things just wouldn't go his way. “The fol­low­ing sum­mer at a track day the car caught on fire.”

Of course, over­com­ing ad­ver­sity is what sep­a­rates the se­ri­ous rac­ers from the fair- weather en­thu­si­asts. This past sum­mer, the car un­der­went a full re­spray in prepa­ra­tion for its rise to glory. Two years af­ter start­ing the build, Phan has one se­ri­ously cool S2000, which makes plenty of power. With the help of a Kraftwerks V2 38-91 su­per­charger and other re­lated go-fast good­ies, power out­put is bumped up to a healthy 460 horse­power with 350 lb-ft of torque, which sounds pretty nice com­ing out of the J's Rac­ing 70RR ex­haust. Those big tires and Spoon Sports brakes aren't just for show, ei­ther. This hard­top Honda hits the track cir­cuit on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Aero and over­all looks are im­proved thanks to a com­bi­na­tion of Vol­tex, J's Rac­ing and Cir­cuit Garage body parts, and the rear end re­ceives an up­date with xPro­to­type LED tail­lights and a 1600mm swan-neck wing from Vol­tex. The white and black “Stormtrooper” look, which looks even bet­ter with the Lexus LFA Pearl White paint, works re­ally well with this car, es­pe­cially on the Volk TE37s.

Phan ex­tends his thanks to friends who helped him along the way, Nextmod for be­ing able to rush his parts, as well as thanks to Lom­bardi Rac­ing and Naizo Garage for in­stal­la­tions and tunes.

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