This is What a $50,000 Honda del Sol Looks Like

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Smoking Tire‘s Matt Farah drives hopped-up Honda t-top.

When it comes to open-top Hondas, the S2000 gets a lot of love – and rightfully so. However, the person that owns the car in the above video has a lot of love for the del Sol and put their money where their mouth heart is. This episode of The Smoking Tire showcases a del Sol with all of the JDM goodies you could ever need.

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They had Project Import give it a complete makeover inside and out. PI yanked out the 1.6-liter I4 and swapped in a built B20 2.0-liter unit with 10:1 compression and full race (big) turbo kit. That combination spits out 260 horsepower at the wheels. A limited-slip differential helps put it to the pavement. There are no safety nets such as ABS or traction control to keep that power in check, but up front, 6-piston calipers make the racing-compound pads clamp down on the brake discs.

Oddly enough, the owner of this track toy had PI weld in the trick TransTop from a JDM del Sol. When it’s operating, it makes the del Sol look like a Transformer, but it also adds about 500 pounds of weight to the car, bringing total LBs up to an estimated 3,000.

After factoring in the price of the roughly 112 hours of labor it took to install the complex lid, you’re not just looking at a labor of love, you’re looking at a $50K+ del Sol.

Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas State University, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism from Austin Community College as well. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including JK-Forum.com and Ford-Trucks.com, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

Derek can be contacted at [email protected]

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