Honda S2000 at SEMA is Ready for Racing Action

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Sparta S2000 Side

Big turbo, big brakes and an elaborate safety cage make this S2000 an eye-catching show car.

While the majority of the vehicles that were on display at the recent SEMA Show were American muscle cars or big pickup trucks, the massive automotive event held each year in Las Vegas always has some sharp import performance cars as well. While covering the show last week, we came across this wicked Honda S2000 in the Sparta Evolution booth and while its purpose was to showcase the company’s brake components, this roadster reminded all of the muscle car fans that Japanese performance is alive and well.

Sparta S2000 Front End

Show and Go

Many of the vehicles on display at SEMA are built for nothing more than sitting still and looking pretty, but that isn’t the case with this S2000. With this car being featured in the Sparta Evolution booth, it should come as little surprise that this Honda roadster is fitted with the company’s race-ready braking components, but those high performance stoppers are just the beginning.

Sparta S2000 Side Rear

Exterior upgrades include a body kit that introduces wider wheel openings in the front and rear, allowing the car to safety encase the Hoosier racing slicks mounted at all four corners. There is also a new front fascia with improved aero properties and a larger central opening that helps channel air to the massive front-mount intercooler.

Sparta S2000 Interior

As for the interior, the canvas convertible top is gone, leaving plenty of room for a spec-approved roll cage. This S2000 also features lightweight carbon fiber race seats, a bare-bones dashboard and a custom center console complete with a custom gauge screen. We would say that the interior only has what is needed for racing, but it also has two cupholders, so there is at least some thought of comfort with this Japanese roadster.

Sparta S2000 Cage

Turbo Power

This Honda S2000 doesn’t have a hood, but if it did, it would be hiding a gorgeous engine bay, chock full of bright-polished silver components.

Sparta S2000 Engine

The valve cover, the intake manifold, the turbocharger and even the custom chassis tubing tracing the front of the engine bay are all polished to a mirror-like finish, giving this car the proper SEMA look. However, that big turbo and the supporting modifications all-but-guarantee that this Honda roadster runs as great as it looks.

Sparta S2000 Front Corner

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A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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