So crazy and strangely entertaining I had to share.
I knew I needed some downforce but since I still drove the car on the street I didn’t want a massive wing. I opted for the subtle approach and pick up a Axle Corp dry carbon rear diffuser. It was a great piece and definitely helped with rear end stability at speed. Other random parts went on the car that didn’t stay on the car long because they weren’t right for my setup or just absolute junk.
Since I was happy with the little 4pot Wilwood calipers, I though the 6pot would be better right? Wrong, not only did one of the bolts holding the caliper back out on it’s own and machine a notch in my wheel, the pedal feel was worse because there was so much flex in the caliper. The pads would come out tapered, indicating caliper flex.
Wilwood replaced the calipers but I just didn’t have any confidence in them so on went some Spoon Monobloc calipers. MUCH better.
For the suspension, I tried some cheap Buddy Club coilovers to replace the Koni & kg/mm setup I was using before and they were a little better simply because of the higher spring rate but it was definitely a low-end coilover that was just holding me over until I could get proper dampers. I also installed a Comptech co-axial front sway bar which was a huge increase over the stock one and it turned out to be just too big for a road course.
After continuing to track regularly, most of parts going on the car were to help me go faster on track. I knew I needed a bucket seats but I didn’t have experience with any in the past and other peoples’ opinions are usually meaningless when it comes to seat preference so I narrowed it down to two I thought I would like; Mugen S1 or Recaro SPG. I didn’t know which to choose so I got both so I could have a good amount of seat time in each.
Since I was still running the OEM 16″ wheels at the track and had basically melted all the seals on my OEM calipers, I tried the Wilwood brake kit which was surprising good for the price. My stock shocks were also toast so some Koni’s went in for the time being.
With Spa having run a few weeks ago, Eau Rouge doesn’t seem to make as much of an impact these days as it used to now that F1 has higher downforce, lower power cars. During this year’s race I noticed a cameraman positioned next to the track right as the cars headed uphill, I’m curious to see if he was able to pan fast enough to get a shot. Maybe he was used to shooting GT cars…
We’ve had a spare S2000 that we’ve had sitting around the shop for a couple years now, it was purchased new by a close friend and he put 150,000 miles on it before the engine head gave out and he moved away so the car sat around for a couple years and we used it for reference and to test fit parts. Recently, I re-discovered the joys of driving a relative stock S2000 and started driving the car more and more. I forgot how the S2000 is when it’s just mildly tuned for the street without having to compromise for any track use. We have so many spare parts lying around we were able to basically rebuild it with all the parts we took off S2000 #1 and other parts we weren’t using. Nearly every component of S2000 #1 will be replaced with something upgraded so the entire subframe, drivetrain, engine, transmission, suspension was swapped over from our perfectly good S2000 #1 with 60,000 miles. The only original parts left on this car will be the frame and some of the body panels. The car was dropped off at our partner body shop, K&W Autobody, partially stipped, ready for some bodywork and new paint.