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1. Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? Back in 2010 I was just getting my career off the ground so I decided I could afford a niceish car but I couldn't afford a big dawg car. I knew I was going to do at least one track day. I knew I would need a reliable daily driver. Finally, I wanted a true Florida car, after growing up in Pennsylvania. I decided the S2000 was the right fit. I searched all over for a white with red interior but could only find white with tan interior. I would have settled for black or laguna (blue) but would not settle for suzuka (light blue). I ended up finding a 2005 new formula red S2000 with 15,000 miles. I didn't really want a red car but I would never find a car with such low miles. I didn't over pay for the car but I didn't get a good deal either. I stilled owed 18K on the car when I took it to its first track day just two and a half months after purchase. 2. Describe the modifications you have made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? It doesn't look like it but I have made several modifications. Too many to list here. The first ever mod was brake pads. I was very conservative at my first track day and still managed to fade the stock brakes. I did a roll bar because I wanted to run Daytona International Super Speedway and that was a rule for convertibles. I did a lightened flywheel and clutch because I taught three people to drive stick in my car which smoked the stock one. I did coilovers and square wheels/tires because I thought it would make me fast. It didn't because driver mod was actually holding me back. 3. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? Driver mod is the biggest mod there can ever be. 8 years, 45 events, and 70ish hours of wide open throttle is enough to set you apart from the typical street driver. Sorry, I know that isn't the intent of the question. You could say the 15$ bottle of LE diff fluid that saved my 1500$ rear end was a big bang for the buck. 300$ for a used VAFC got me a few peak HP and a ton of mid range to drive off the corners and with NASA its a free mod. The car is really the sum of its many small parts. There are no glamours JDM parts on the car or aero of any kind. There are a lot of safety mods. Its a street-centric NASA TTC build after all. The point of the rules is to limit mods(cost). 4. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? I have only recently campaigned NASA TTC, TT5 for 2018. But, I have used the NASA rule book for the direction of the mods since the beginning. There is also a huge community on S2KI.com where all the tricks have been figured out. How to go the fastest with the fewest mods might be the theme of the car. I made one exception when I committed to always being a roadster. I don't care if its a free mod and if it is a second faster. The most enjoyable driving experience for me is in the S2000 as a roadster. I've also never ran Hosiers which are fundamental to winning, at least up to this point. I can't afford to have another set of wheels and tires for the rain and it rains a lot in Florida. Installation tips......be patient, especially with the starter bolts. Until I had an S2000 I never needed to use more than one universal on my ratchets. 5. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? 6. What are you planning next? The biggest challenge is always money. Money, money, money. Daily-ing a track car is a challenge. If you pull the transmission on Saturday you had better get it back together in time for work Monday even if it means an emergency trip to Miami because your motor mounts fell apart in your hands. Its been nine years and I'm still driving/racing my S2000. I can afford to do a few basic mods a year but I can't afford the Corvette or FD3S that will be the next chapter. Until then I hope the compression figures hold up.
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