Immediately after picking up the new chassis, Andres and the crew were tearing into it in the RAW facility, fabricating mounts for the 2JZ-GTE engine, Getrag six-speed trans, and 8.8-inch Ford independent rearend; modifying the firewall, transmission, and tunnel to make it all fit; and fabricating intake and exhaust manifolds, a front-mount intercooler and piping system, full turbo-back exhaust, oil and power steering cooler, custom wiring harness and brake lines, and bolting up miscellaneous parts. A donor engine was sourced locally, and completely rebuilt top and bottom by Big Daddy Performance to produce right around 900 whp from a custom-spec GT45R turbocharger and single fogger Nitrous Express system-good enough for street reliability and 9-second quarter-mile E.T.s at the strip.
It wasn't the first project for either of the duo, but it was the first of its kind they'd undertaken. But here's the kicker: They completed it, start to finish, in five months. "I bought the car in late July of '08," says Charles, "and four hours before roll-in at HIN Miami in December, we were tuning and wet-sanding it on the dyno." Their hard work paid off. Four hours after roll-in, the crew rolled home with "Best of Show," "Best Engine Bay," and "Wildest Honda" trophies riding shotgun.
The Si's Seibon carbon hood is its only exterior weight-saving measure, which also brings
Since successfully completing the S2000, Andres and RAW Racing have developed a reputation for crazy fabrication projects. "We just finished a 2JZ-powered '93 Isuzu pickup and an '83 GMC Shortbed with an 800whp three-speed Turbo trans," Andres tells, "along with a few Starlets and Starions with all different engines." What he won't mention unless asked is his personal project: an AE86 Toyota Corolla swapped with the original F22C from Charles' monster S2K. Look for more of that one soon.
In the short time since we've shot Charles and Andres' creation, the pair haven't stopped improving it. "We were breaking axles with the manual transmission, and shifting the gears was really slowing us down," says Andres, "so we decided to move up to a Bullseye 88mm turbocharger and direct-port nitrous system, swap in a built Powerglide transmission with custom axles and hubs, add even more rubber, and switch to a Strange drag-specific suspension." It's an estimated 1,500 hp that Charles has driven to a best time of 8.1 @ 181 down the 1,320, and the crew agrees it's got plenty more. "If I gutted the thing and replaced the glass with Lexan, I could probably hit 7s," says Charles. "But I'd rather do it as is. It's still a street car. I drive it like this all the time."
Behind The Build
Seua Tiger Chanthaphanij
Cars, video games, racing
"To build a reliable, high-hp Honda with all the amenities."
'03 Honda Civic Si
Output: 538 whp / 395 lb-ft of torque
Engine Honda '02 K20A2 cylinder head, '03 K20A3 block, RBC intake manifold; 86.5mm 9.0:1-compression Wiseco pistons, rings; Eagle H-beam connecting rods; ARP rod bolts, head studs; Hytech oil pan baffle; Hybrid Racing timing chain tensioner; Glow Shift oil sandwich adapter; Supertech valvesprings, retainers; Karcepts manifold adapter; Hondata Heatshield; Greddy EVO TT exhaust; Full Race catalytic converter, turbo manifold, front-mount intercooler, piping; Golden Eagle vacuum manifold; Garrett T3/60-1 0.82 turbocharger; HPC turbine/compressor coating; Thermo-Tec heat shielding, turbo blanket; Tial 50mm blow-off valve, 44mm wastegate; NGK BKR8E-IX plugs; RC Engineering 1,000cc injectors; Aeromotive A1000 fuel pressure regulator; Walbro 255lph fuel pump; Arizona Forced Induction fuel rail; Corsport MAC boost control solenoid; Hondata K Pro ECU, tuned by Mike of Top Dead Center Performance; Xstatic 800 slim battery
Driveline Bullhead/PPG straight-cut dog-engagement gearset, input shaft, output shaft; Wavetrac limited-slip differential (LSD); Stage 4 Competition Clutch; Exedy flywheel; Corsport metal shifter bushings, stainless clutch line
Suspension H&R Race springs; Tokico HP dampers; Comptech 22mm rear sway bar; Megan Racing front under brace; Beaks rear lower tie bar; Ingalls rear camber kit; Energy Suspension motor mount inserts; Innovate 75A motor mounts; Hardrace roll center adjusters; D2 Racing rear lower control arms
Wheels/Tires 17x7 +42mm Buddy Club P1 SF challenge street wheels; 225/45-17 General Exclaim UHP street tires; 15x8 +35mm Rota Slipstream front race wheels; 14.5x8.5 M&H Racemaster front race tires; Nippon Racing lug nuts
Brakes EBC 3GD rotors, Red Stuff pads; Corsport stainless steel brake lines
Exterior HFP front lip spoiler, side skirts, rear lip, roof wing; Seibon carbon-fiber hood
Interior Bride Vios II front seats; Wedge Engineering seat brackets; Corsport steering wheel
Electronics Auto Meter Cobalt-series boost gauge, carbon-fiber mounting cup; NGK AFX wideband; Phase Linear 7-inch in-dash monitor
Gratitude Chanthaphanij family; Sunny Side Crew; DJ Phonatik; Squirk; Lil Roper; John Garrett; TurboDav; Premium Garage Krew; Don Napier; James Evins; Zac Carter; Astr0not; Jeff Creech; Geoff Raicer; Elmo of Yazoo City
Behind The Build
Fort Lauderdale, FL
"I wanted to own the world's fastest 2JZ-powered S2000. Mission accomplished."
'06 honda S2000
Output (est): 1,500 whp / 950 lb-ft of torque
Engine Toyota 2JZ-GTE; Crower 280 camshafts; 87mm 9.5:1-compression CP Pistons, rings, aluminum connecting rods; Big Daddy Performance cylinder head porting; Ferrea +1mm titanium valves, double valvesprings, retainers; RAW Racing intake manifold, turbo manifold, radiator hoses, oil cooler, custom Moroso oil catch system; Koyo radiator; 95mm throttle body; Titan Motorsports adjustable cam gears; Bullseye 88mm turbocharger; Tial 44mm wastegates (x2); Nitrous Express nitrous injection; 1,600cc/min fuel injectors; Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator; Weldon Magna Flow fuel pump; Titan Motorsports fuel rail; Haltech 2000 ECU, tuned by Chrisspeed at AWD Motorsports
Drivetrain Powerglide transmission, straight-cut gears, upgraded clutches; RAW Racing shift kit; Pro Torque torque converter; Drive Shaft Shop axles; custom 8.8-inch Ford rearend
Suspension Strange suspension; Cusco bolt-in rollcage
Wheels/Tires 19x10 Volk Racing Gram Lights street wheels; Falken Azenis street tires (255/35-19 front, 285/30-19 rear); CCW Holeshot drag wheels (17x4 front, 17x10 rear); Mickey Thompson ET Drag tires (4-inch skinny front, 355-series rear)
Brakes RAW Racing stainless steel brake lines
Exterior Tracy Sports front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, front canards, carbon-fiber rear wing; J's Racing carbon-fiber hood; Mugen carbon-fiber hardtop; custom pearl white paint, applied by Neil of South Florida Collision
Interior Bride Vorga seats; Takata harnesses
Electronics Defi gauges (oil pressure, oil temperature, water temperature, volt), Link; AEM air/fuel ratio gauge
Gratitude Richard, Junior, Andres, Chino, and Moose from RAW Racing; Chrisspeed from AWD Motorsports; VJ, Jason, and John from Big Daddy Performance Center; South Florida Collision; S2Kparts.com; Bullet Proof Automotive; TD Autowerks, AD Turbo, STP Dyno, Speed Injected, and Santos from the Ft. Lauderdale area
Yes, that is a genuine carbon-fiber Mugen hardtop. Don't ask us how much it costs. Some w
Possibly the greatest strength of the EP Civic Si is the K20A3 it came with from the facto
Here it is: the real reason you picked up this issue. That 2JZ-GTE was plucked from a dono
1902 Mc Gaw
5411 Seymour Hwy
4107 E. Winslow
1855 West Union Ave Unit J
3348 Drusilla Ln.
Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels
4600 Prosper Drive
Big Daddy Performance
1000 Bennett Blvd., Unit 6A
137 West Pomona Ave.
Ferrea Racing Components
2600 N.W. 55 Court
South Florida Collision
6301 North Broadway