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If you’re on In­sta­gram, or one of the many so­cial me­dia plat­forms adopted by most petrol­heads, chances are you would have heard of, or at least seen, the work of EMP Per­for­mance. Not a week goes by with­out them, or one of their very happy cus­tomers, post­ing pic­tures of what can only be de­scribed as ex­haust fab­ri­ca­tion porn. You know the stuff. Pic­tures of beau­ti­fully built back boxes, stun­ningly crafted TIG-welded pipes with beau­ti­fully flow­ing mul­ti­colour beads and lovely, lovely big shiny tips (You’re mak­ing me horny here – Midge).

You see when it comes to ex­hausts, EMP are not just any old com­pany. Nope, these guys re­ally are at the top of the ex­haust build­ing game, and one of the UK’s best Pow­er­flow deal­ers. So when it came to choos­ing some­where to get an ex­haust made for our Honda S2000 it was an easy de­ci­sion. Even if it did in­volve a 260-mile round trip.

We left Bris­tol at 5am and af­ter hit­ting the nor­mal M25 rush hour traf­fic, we ar­rived at EMP in St Al­bans just af­ter 9am. It was clear from the road­side we were in the right place, as out­side was lit­tered with stun­ning cars slammed to the floor, all boast­ing gor­geous pipe work. It’s ob­vi­ous these guys prac­tice what they preach.

Within min­utes the car was on the ramps and EMP’s Dave Phillip­son was com­ing up with ideas for the sys­tem. Af­ter a quick chat we agreed on a 2.5-inch cat-back sys­tem go­ing through to twin back­boxes with 3.5-inch exit Ja­panese style tips. Dave also rec­om­mended po­si­tion­ing the back boxes at a bit of an­gle for that au­then­tic Jap look.

In no time, the old sys­tem was on the floor and Dave was mea­sur­ing, cut­ting, grind­ing and work­ing his magic with the 2.5-inch Pow­er­flow T304 grade stain­less steel pipework. As with most of EMP’s work there was none of this shap­ing pipes in a hy­draulic ben­der, no ev­ery­thing was made to mea­sure and cus­tom made with free flow­ing straights and beau­ti­fully TIG-welded man­drel bends. But my favourite bit of the build is the Y-piece where the ex­haust splits to the back boxes, Dave has built it so it sits dead cen­tre and shows off the rear cans and the welds. Pure ex­haust porn!

So, how does it sound? Well, go­ing by the amount of necks it snapped as I booted it down St Alban’s high street, we would have to say, rather well. And, we’re sure the win­ner will be very happy as they drive it off into the sun­set. Un­like us that is. As it sounds so good now we don’t want to give it away. Err… boss, can we keep it?

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