ISAAC KODUAH’S HONDA S2000

RE­AL­IZ­ING HIS COL­LEGE DREAMS, AND HE’S JUST GET­TING STARTED

Super Street - - CONTENTS - WORDS Danny Nguyen PHO­TOS Faiz Rah­men

Own­ing a S2000 has been a dream for many of us since they started ar­riv­ing at Honda deal­er­ships in ‘99. Its high-out­put four-cylin­der en­gine al­lowed you to rev up to 8,200 rpm (9,000 rpm if you had the 2.0-liter AP1!). Put that to­gether with phe­nom­e­nal han­dling thanks to its 50:50 weight dis­tri­bu­tion, plus a pre­cise six-speed gear­box, and it’s no won­der the roadster won the hearts of many driv­ing en­thu­si­asts from around the world. It comes as no sur­prise its mar­ket value has held its worth de­spite pro­duc­tion end­ing al­most a decade ago. In some in­stances, the price of a used S2K has climbed over the last cou­ple of years, mean­ing your dream of own­ing a clean one is be­com­ing more dif­fi­cult and more ex­pen­sive. Isaac Koduah from Vir­ginia was well aware of the S2000’s ap­peal, but wasn’t go­ing to let any­thing get in the way of own­ing his dream car. He promised him­self an S2000 would be his first big-ticket item he’d buy as soon as he grad­u­ated col­lege. Fast-for­ward sev­eral years and af­ter much sac­ri­fice and hard work, he fin­ished school and had saved up enough money to pick up this ’05 S2000.

Ex­cited and mo­ti­vated, it didn’t take long for Isaac to start mod­i­fy­ing his new pro­ject car with a Club Racer front lip and TEIN low­er­ing springs. Up­grad­ing the per­for­mance un­der the hood came next. If you’ve ever driven an S2000, you know torque is a bit lack­ing, even with the slightly larger 2.2L dis­place­ment of the AP2. Af­ter chat­ting with a lo­cal per­for­mance shop, Isaac de­cided to go the way of forced in­duc­tion, boost­ing his F22C with a PTUNING turbo kit. With com­po­nents like a Gar­rett GTX3076R turbo, 3-inch down­pipe, equal-length V-band man­i­fold, and 4-inch in­take, Isaac now has the help of ap­prox­i­mately 450 whp and 320 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to for­get about any woes of feel­ing un­der­pow­ered.

Three years had passed and Isaac was at a cross­roads as he was be­gin­ning to feel a lit­tle bored with his beloved S2000. Was it time to part ways and sell it? Af­ter test driv­ing and con­sid­er­ing a few other cars, he de­cided there sim­ply wasn’t any­thing out there that would make him as happy as his S2000. This re­al­iza­tion be­came a turn­ing point for Isaac, which also marked the day when he de­cided to go all out on the ex­te­rior styling with a Pow­er­house Amuse GT1 wide­body.

“I wanted the best of the best,” Isaac ex­plained while de­bat­ing which wide­body con­ver­sion to go with, ei­ther the J’s Rac­ing or Pow­er­house Amuse. Once he gath­ered that the styling of Amuse aligned more with his tastes, he pulled the trig­ger and con­tacted Bulletproof Au­to­mo­tive for the kit. Af­ter a six-month wait, he took de­liv­ery of the elab­o­rate 30-piece wide­body kit de­signed and de­vel­oped through a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Polyphony Dig­i­tal.

Pay­ing trib­ute to the late founder of Amuse, Hideki Tan­abe, Isaac opted to change his S2000 from its orig­i­nal Suzuka blue to Alpine white—an OE BMW color, which is also a sim­i­lar shade of white used on the orig­i­nal GT1 demo ve­hi­cle. Pressed Graphite Volk Rac­ing TE37SL wheels were wait­ing to be fit­ted as soon as the car re­turned from body and paint. Lastly, to com­plete the makeover, a Vol­tex GT wing and Amuse-style car­bon-fiber hard­top from Rockstar Garage were thrown into the mix.

Even though Isaac’s AP2 is one of the clean­est we’ve seen, he still has a lot planned to bring it up to his stan­dards, for ex­am­ple, com­plet­ing a shaved and wire tucked en­gine bay along with a cleaner turbo setup. Show­cas­ing his S2000 at SEMA is his next dream, and if build­ing this S2000 has taught us any­thing, it’s that Isaac is a man of his word who can make dreams a real­ity.

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