24 February 2010|
Much like the Miata, the Honda S2000 has had an uphill battle to keep out of the “chick car” market segment. With two seats, a drop top and plenty of pretty colors, it is obvious why women were all over this car. The optional lipstick red interior did not help matters either. But for those in the know, an S2000 in capable hands is an absolute weapon on the track. It doesn’t take much to make them more masculine either with a handful of upgrades. The amount of power under the hood is still questionable with 240hp and 3lb-ft of torque or whatever.
Enter PeakBoost of Glendale, AZ who are forced induction crazy to the core. Not only do they offer turbo kits for Hondas and Acuras, they have kits for the EVO8/9/X and the S13/14/15 SR20DET. As the prices for AP1 S2000s dipped tantalizingly low, they made movements to get a turbo kit designed for the S2K aswell. After countless hours of R&D, they have unleashed their top-mount turbo kit on the market with high acclaim. A scan of their website www.WeArePower.Net shows all of the details of the kit but the real magic happens on YouTube. Their first client is an AP1 owner known as IrishFlame27 has installed the kit and the results are impressive. With some weaksauce 91 octane Ken Peak tuned the AEM EMS to perfection on the stock engine.
When the dust settled, the 2.0L F20C cranked out an impressive 454whp at 14psi. These numbers were achieved using a Garrett GT35R and some Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors. At the core of the standard kit is a Garrett T3/T04E turbo sitting atop PeakBoost's impressive HVS top-mount tubular manifold. The elaborate tubular manifold carries a lifetime warranty, proving that PeakBoost is ready to stand behind their products against cracking. The boost is regulated with a TiAL 44mm wastegate connected to a V-band dump tube and the spent gas heads out a Peak Boost 3-inch dump pipe with a flex section.
On the cool side is a PeakBoost intake pulling in filtered air through a K&N cone filter. The compressed air is channeled through PeakBoost 2.5-inch intercooler piping available in silver, black or “bling” for high polished. The couplers are all 4-ply silicone with heavy duty T-bolt clamps to hold the boost and the TiAL 50mm blow-off valve vents when the throttle slams shut. The compressed air is chilled with a Peak Boost 24x8x3-inch bar and plate intercooler that will flow up to 600whp, with upgrades available upto 800whp!
All turbos need effective lubrication since they spin at 120,000rpm. Peak Boost supplies an efficient oil feed and return drain line kit using the existing system. Since the plumbing for the system interferes with the stock AC system and PeakBoost had a solution for that. While most custom kits simply delete the AC, Peak Boost supplies a complete reroute kit so you can still have a civil ride when you want to. With all gaskets and hardware included in the kit, PeakBoost has a solid turbo solution for both F20C (2.0L) in the AP1 and F22C (2.2L) in the AP2. It makes stupid power on pump gas, is easy to install and retains the air conditioning system. Plus, they have designed their kit to play nice with the stock bottom end and headgasket that these stout little F-series motors have. As PeakBoost says, the S2000 is a fun car out of the box but when you get bored of the power, their trubo kit will make them love their car once again.
S2000 Top Mount Turbo Kit