Another sleepless night… it is currently 4:52am….
I remember when I started this whole S2k ownership thing, Facebook was only for college students and instagram wasn’t invented yet. Now instagram is THE destination for insta automotive e-fame. One night I was digging through all the #s2000 content on Instagram and I came across a super rad S2k from Korea of all places, South Korea, not the North of course. There seems to be a small group of S2k enthusiasts in Korea that utilize real authentic parts and take them to the track, not post pictures of their car on instagram and give bullshit inspirational quotes….
I first found tota1ba1ance who has a pretty clean yellow ap2 with some choice mods, Mugen top, Mugen lip, Mugen Wing, and ZE40s. From him, I saw his boy manminkim who’s car blew my mind running an Amuse GT1 kit with a legit Dry Carbon Mugen hardtop and tracking the hell out of it.
I sent them a DM and they replied saying they have blogs they update frequently with their pictures… here and here
I can’t read Korean, and my google translate doesn’t seem like it wants to translate their page, but they are some awesome shots of their cars on there. Definitely recommend browsing their blogs. I’m going to post more pictures of manminkim since his car is crazy!!!! These are not in any chronological order.
I’m sure this is Korea International Circuit, I don’t think they are many race tracks in Korea.
He’s repping Bro’s R&D, a popular tuner shop in South Korea. Side note, I think the one of the guys that runs Bro’s used to work for the late GTMotoring….
From their instgram, I believe he’s running a Spoon create engine with Toda itbs! Of course in the best setup running the dry carbon intake box running into a Mugen intake!
Running spoon calipers! Dunno if it’s just me, but I think it’s funny how small spoon calipers look with stock sized rotors when you have a massive wheel like this…. I’m sure for the track it’s great since you’re just utilizing stock sized pads and rotors, keeps disposable parts cost down!
RHD. I wondered if it was imported from Japan mostly in this state or if this is an ex-tuner demo car?
Under the skin, interesting not V, V mounted radiator with a custom cooling duct.
At bros, impressive lineup at their shop.
this is when he got his Toda ITBS! with Dry Carbon trumpets too, which only come in 88mm…. #ITBnerdFact.
Looks like a custom tow hook!
Toda Dry Carbon Surge Tank mounted.
I love how the Amuse GT1 kit looks with a Mugen hardtop and Mugen hood….. I think I like it more than the Amuse Hardtop.
ITB install going down.
Toda ITB drycarbon Surge tank! and someone was brave enough to drill a hole into it to mount the IAT sensor.
Looks like he is running stock injectors.
I wonder if spoon ported the head, or if this is before he got his spoon engine…..
Dry carbon Mugen Hardtop
You can see the chassis has been gusseted for rigidity on the shock towers.
The Amuse GT1 kit goes so hard.
Interesting bracket to hold the Mugen intake since the stock cross member is gone. Classic Ichishima-San signature on the valve cover
I would love to pay a visit to this shop next time I’m in Korea. Looks so small goodies in this picture, like the Spoon S-Tai front bumper to the right.
Some shots off of Tota1Ba1ance’s S2k off of his blog. Great clean build. The Volk Ze40s look so right wight on Rio Yellow.
Not many people run Mugen front lips nowadays, probably because they are incredibly easy to get destroyed.
Nice off the shelf Ohlins kit!
Spoon axles! Like what my friend Areen is running.
Interesting J’s front S2k.
Hopefully I’ll have some more updates on my own car soon!