It’s a sweetheart! A Honda S2000 built in 2000 (the first year this model was offered) with only 49,000 miles on the odometer. Yeah, I paid more than I wanted to, but when you compare this donor (as we in the biz call the cars we hack up) to some of the other heaps I was considering, you’ll agree it was money well spent.
In this photo, the car’s connected to my company‘s dynamometer, a tool that measures engine power. I “drove” the car during dyno testing. It’s an odd feeling to put the shifter in fourth, mash the gas, and watch the tachometer and speedometer climb (in this case, to 9,000 RPM and 114 MPH) – while the car remains stationary, its rear tires having been removed and its wheels hooked to the aforementioned dynamometer.
The next step is one that may make this grown man cry: we need to remove the S2000’s gorgeous leather interior and sophisticated dashboard in order to weld up a rollcage to protect me when (not if) I do something silly on the track.