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2003 Honda Civic Si and 2006 Honda S2000 - Black Sheep

No, they're not black, and yes, they're both Hondas. So what exactly is it about these matching machines that's turning import tuning on its head?

Text By Luke Munnell, Photography by Jeffrey Creech; S2000, Henry Z. De Kuyper

Kiwi-bred Pfitzner Performance Gearbox (PPG) had just released their then soon-to-be-legendary gearboxes when Tiger was dealing with his transmission woes, and he became among their first East Coast customers to rock the upgrades in a street car, replacing his stock helical synchromesh First through Fourth gearsets with PPG straight-cut dog-engagement alternatives. "It whines like a supercharger on the street, and the shifts are kind of clunky at lower speeds," says Tiger, "but I've put nearly 20K miles on the car, racing and driving it for almost two years now with no problems."

"Come to think of it, I haven't had any problems with the car at all since I rebuilt it," Tiger attests. "It gets driven on the street regularly, and raced at the strip on slicks pretty hard. I even drove it seven hours to have it re-tuned and back before we shot." It's gone a best time of 12.1 sec @ 125 mph at the strip on street tires, but Tiger knows there's more potential. "It had a lean cut in First gear both times it ran, which messed up each run," he says. "And I could use more practice driving it. The setup and weight should be good for a mid 10-second pass once I get it dialed in." But he knows what he's faster than on the street. "I love running up on all the Mustangs around here," he laughs. "And I can outrun most 600cc production street bikes without a problem. I actually think this car gets better traction and drives more stable than the EGs and DC2s I've driven, and it's a lot more solid than the older models-quieter inside, with a stiffer chassis, and comes with a better stereo, too." Ten-second performance, about 630 hp at the crank, and all its stock comfort and reliability? Not bad for the Civic many claimed "missed the mark."

The flared, fire-belching, four-figure-horsepower monster you see here is the joint creation of Andres Barriga and the RAW Racing crew in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and vehicle owner Charles Walker. And this ain't the first disco for either of them.

Though he'd never brag about it, Charles has been into the scene longer than most, and has been fast all the while. It was during the build of Charles' red, 660whp, 10.20-second Integra street car in the late '90s that the two first worked together. "Charles came to me wanting to build the fastest FWD in the Southeast," says Andres. "It was a learning process for both of us, but we accomplished our goal." After that, Charles built a 725whp E85-fueled '96 hatch, raced it to a 10.00 @ 145 down the quarter, and embarked on a few equally crazy projects yet to be completed. Not only is this S2K faster than anything he's owned, it's also the most controversial.

As Charles tells us, he bought this S2K specifically to swap in a 2JZ-GTE and boost the hell out of it. In case you're thinking that ditching the native lightweight, high-revving F22C for an elongated chunk of iron and a 75-pound turbo and manifold setup is sacrilegious, Charles doesn't care. He wanted to go fast, and knew the S2K's small stature and light weight would give him the advantage. "It's a lot lighter and more rigid than the Supra or a 240SX or something," he says. "And the S2's engine bay offers more than enough room to accommodate the swap-the entire engine fit between the firewall and front strut towers."

By Luke Munnell
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118 comments
Juan Jose Teran Rojas
Juan Jose Teran Rojas

The S2000 engine is forged, soo you can put a huge turbo and triple the power and the engine still working fine... A very low weight frame... This car have the potential ti beat almost every other car...

Jason Kantas
Jason Kantas

ΤΟ αμαξι του πατερα μου.

Robert Richter
Robert Richter

I agree I also owned a nice lude! ^ one major flaw of the H22 was the timing belt tensioner which was the demise of my newly supercharged lude

Uta Hecht
Uta Hecht

Würstchengrill mal anders :-)

Tyler Murgatroyd
Tyler Murgatroyd

Ya well welcome to merica lol v8 gm ford blah blah plastic craptastic junk made in mexico the american way

Jordan Leigh
Jordan Leigh

Elvis Nikitins Daniel Midgetdan O'Doherty

Donhenry Thompson
Donhenry Thompson

When I say let's fire it up. This is what I mean. It's time to kick the tires and light the fires.

Monster Mäx
Monster Mäx

Bäm...Spoiler könnte höher sein :)...und felgen en Zoll kleiner und dann noch 5cm tiefer xD

Sam Yates
Sam Yates

Simon Owen could of been yours!

Andrew Meneses
Andrew Meneses

7 sec 2jz worlds fastest 2jz powered s2k!! wait til he comes back this season..hes going to break hearts and more records! local miami car.

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