Honda Tuning Feature: 2003 Honda S2000 – Amongst Kings

The 8-sec race car that’s actually a street car …

After reviewing the incredibly detailed pictures of the entire car, top to bottom, courtesy of the salesman, Gabe made the trip to Texas for a testdrive. Not even a half-mile off the dealer’s lot in his newly acquired roadster and Gabe put phone to ear, immediately ordering a number of bolt-ons that found their way onto the car just a week later.

Gabe Ellingsen's S2000 runs a Seibon Carbon hood. Photo credit: Honda Tuning.

Gabe Ellingsen’s S2000 runs a Seibon Carbon hood. Photo credit: Honda Tuning.

After deciding to get a little more serious with the build, Gabe’s AP1 attended IFO Oklahoma in 2011, and again in 2012 with a best of 11.33 at 135 mph after having a shop work on the car. Respectable, but based on the mods being used by the roadster, its owner had expected more. He adds, “The car was struggling with its performance. Fernando Reyes from King’s Performance spoke with me daily about letting them take on the project and to join their team. One night, at literally like 2 a.m., I called Fernando and said, ‘When can you pick up the car?'”

Gabe Ellingsen's S2000 runs a Seibon Carbon hood. Photo credit: Honda Tuning.

Gabe Ellingsen’s S2000 runs a Seibon Carbon hood. Photo credit: Honda Tuning.

Reyes sent a transport truck to pick the car up, and in just two weeks time, using the exact same setup from IFO, albeit with the King’s Performance touch, the car improved drastically, netting a best of 10.01 at 145 mph. Later that year, after the shop began digging deeper into the build, they made the trip to World Cup Finals and let it be known that the car was to serve as a contender, blasting an 8.9 pass, then later, in December of 2012, improving upon that time with an 8.79 at 158 mph. After each event, data was logged, adjustments made, and the King’s Performance crew squeezed even more potential out of the AP1. In 2013, during Drag Mania, Gabe’s S2K set a new record of 8.52 at 168 mph, and all eyes were on the yellow Bullet.

Photo credit: Honda Tuning.

Photo credit: Honda Tuning.

Breaking the 8-sec barrier in a Honda, street car or not, is remarkable, but what’s the secret? Gabe’s setup starts with an F22C block complete with Benson open-deck sleeves, KP custom rods, and KP-spec CP pistons. A Garrett GTX4202R snail abuses the Supertech valvetrain fitted KP Stage 3 head and is fueled by KP2000 injectors. Under the watchful eye of an AEM Series II, the result is over 1,200 hp—almost comical when compared to the 215hp the car made during Gabe’s first year of ownership.


Photo credit: Honda Tuning.

Photo credit: Honda Tuning.

From showroom stock, to mildly tuned, and eventually running respectable numbers—Gabe’s S2000, with the guidance from King’s Performance, was transformed into an absolute monster. “The next step is to break our 8.52 record. When that happens, we’ll be required to run a 25-point certified rollcage. We’ll try to fit the ‘cage inside while reducing as little as possible to the interior. We want to keep the car in its original state and fully capable of still driving on the street without issues.”

Bolts & Washers

Hasport U88A mounts
Benson open-deck sleeves
KP spec CP Pistons
KP custom rods
KP Stage 3 head
KP spec Supertech valvetrain
KP Stage 3.5 turbo kit
Garrett GTX4202R
KP twin scroll ex manifold
King’s Performance intake manifold
Skunk2 90mm throttle body
KP custom intercooler
TiAL Q blow-off valve
Dual TiAL MV-S 38mm wastegates
KP 4-inch downpipe
Okada Ignition Project coils
KP 2,000cc injectors
Dual Bosch 044 external pumps
KP inline fuel filter
KP lines/fittings
Full Blown Motorsports XXL rail
Full Blown Motorsports fuel regulator
KP 5-gallon fuel cell
KP Custom radiator
Skunk2 radiator hoses
KP-spec GForce four-speed
GSR H Pattern Dog Box
King’s Performance S2000 adapter
Competition Clutch triple disc with hydro bearing
Competition Clutch flywheel
KP Stage 3 Ford 8.8 conversion
KP-spec 1,000hp LSD
KP-steel driveshaft
KP level 5.9 axles by Drive Shaft Shop

1,200 whp/749 lb-ft torque

KP Spec coilovers by BC Racing
Full Blown Motorsports LCA bushings
King’s Performance alignment kit

Stoptech slotted discs
Hawk Racing pads
Goodridge stainless braided lines
Stroud parachute

Wheels & Tires
F: 15×9.25 Weld Racing
R: 15×4.5 Weld Racing
F: 25×4.5 Mickey Thompson
R: 26×10 Mickey Thompson

Engine bay bodywork by 809 Autoworx
OEM front lip
Rockstar Garage hardtop
Seibon carbon-fiber hood

AEM air/fuel, boost, oil pressure gauges

Kirkey aluminum race seat
Sparco window net
Stroud parachute
Simpson Racing harness
NRG steering wheel and quick release
GForce shift knob




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