Customer Spotlight: Ryan Mahoney’s Honda S2000

If you are involved in the S2000 scene, chances are you have seen one of four, yes four, S2000’s built by Ryan Mahoney.  His first S2000 build can still be seen in current Vortech Supercharger ads.  His second S2000 graced the cover of Modified Magazine, while his third S2000 became a quick hit on the forums.  His fourth and current S2000 is a bit different though with a build that is focused on performance as well as looks.  Ryan is part owner of TimeAttackForums.com, an online community dedicated to everything track related.  The site has also become a main source of information for US time attack competition as many of the top teams and organizations use these forums on a regular basis.  With his new business venture, Ryan wanted to create an S2000 that would be a good representation of the site, an S2000 that performed as flawless as it looked.

With his new performance oriented mindset, Ryan set his sights on the limited edition CR (Club Racer) model Honda S2000 which is a tad more track oriented from the factory than your typical S2k.  With plenty of experience in building the S2000 Ryan was quick to put together his mod list and start turning his CR into what it is now.  On the outside, the factory CR front air dam stayed in place as did the factory side skirts.  To keep with the OEM look, Ryan swapped his CR rear bumper out with an early model AP1 S2000 OEM rear bumper.  The older model bumpers provide a single exhaust cutout as opposed to dual which matched his full titanium single exhaust.  Making Ryan’s CR even more aerodynamic comes by way of a Mugen hardtop which smoothes out the air that then flows over a J’s Racing V1 rear wing.  The stock side mirrors have also been replaced with low-drag C-West carbon mirrors to finish off the subtle, yet effective exterior styling of the car.

When it came to upping the car’s performance, Ryan turned to Berk Technology for our 50mm HPC thermal coated header and 70mm high flow catalytic converter.

“I chose the Berk Technology Header and high flow cat because they offered power and throttle response at a fraction of the cost of most JDM parts.” – Ryan Mahoney

Spent exhaust gasses then flow out through a T1R EM-R full titanium single exhaust.  Air gets into the 2.2L F22C motor by way of a super rare carbon-kevlar Gruppe-M intake.

On the grip side of things, Ryan went with custom spec KW Variant 3 coilovers, T1R anti-bumpsteer kits, GTSPEC chassis braces, and a Comptech front strut tower brace.  Transferring that handling performance to the ground is a non-staggered set of 255/40/17 Dunlop Star Spec tires wrapped around custom pinstriped 17×9.5″ Volk CE28N wheels.  In charge of slowing this bullet down is a set of Project Mu brakes up front paired with StopTech rotors and B-Force brake pads out back.

The interior also provides the perfect blend of form and function that you see in the rest of the car.  Ryan is held in place by a custom upholstered pair of Recaro Pole Position seats and Schroth 6-point harnesses.  Controlling the CR’s quicker steering ratio is done through a Personal Neo Artis steering wheel which is mounted to a Splash short hub and NRG Innovations steering wheel quick release.  Keeping Ryan safe on the track is a custom painted Hard Dog roll-bar, the one modification Ryan hopes never to put to use.

This S2000 is no show queen either.  You can catch Ryan and his S2000 racing around the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch road course in Pahrump, NV any chance they get.  You can also see more of this car which has a full length feature in the current (April 2010) issue of Modified Magazine.

—Berk Technology

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