Since the last time it hit the track, the S2000 has had the engine replaced (with another stock unit), the exhaust replaced, the catalytic converted removed, and the splitter added. As a compromise to the added power and downforce, I was also required to add weight this year, taking the competition weight up from 2815 to 2880 lbs.
On the non-performance side of the equation, the S2000 saw the installation of a 6 point harness, high density roll bar padding, and a head and neck restraint system from Necksgen to try and make things a bit safer in an emergency. The car is still driven on the street to and from all the events, so I was a bit reluctant to remove the stock 3 point belt, but the data for a HNR is pretty convincing and the videos even more so. The new system obviously makes it take a lot longer to get into the car, and I further have to remember to set up everything (data, video, windows) before strapping in, but I definitely had better peace of mind out on the track.
Given the amount of changes that had been made to the car, I was very happy with the performance. I have some more work to do to iron out some of the details and find the next few tenths of time, but I'm looking forward to the next NASA Midwest event at Autobahn Country Club!
Special thanks to the The Winning Formula for helping to get the car back to full health and Izzy's Custom Cages for getting the car inspected and making the awesome trophies (pictured above) that were handed out this weekend!
Also congratulations to my friend Nick Wexberg who was signed off for his Time Trial license this weekend and secured 2nd place in TTB both days with some great times in his NSX.
Sunday Final Results