In the world of Honda tuning Spoon Sports has earned a reputation for offering the highest form of service and products. Not an easy thing, as Honda already builds its engines to very high standards. Think of the B18 or K20 units from Civic and Integra Type Rs and the F20/22C from the S2000 that push out well over 100 hp per liter. How can you possibly improve on this without compromising longevity and usability? We've all heard stories of people bolting on pod filters and large bore exhausts to their Integras and S2000s in the pursuit of power gains when, in actual fact, they were achieving the exact opposite. You certainly cannot disrupt the fine-tuning and precise balance between intake and exhaust on high-compression naturally aspirated engines. And it's precisely this way of thinking that has pushed Spoon to further fine-tune these powerplants, rather than "disturb" their natural balance.

275hp @8,600 rpmAs soon as we heard that Spoon and Type One had just finished putting together their latest demo car we headed straight to their workshop in Tokyo. We were greeted by Mr. Ichishima who immediately got down to business and took us up a few floors of Spoon's HQ where the engine building area is located. We were allowed to snap away and follow the build process of an F20C motor, which was being carefully assembled by Naoki Yoshida, the head of the engineering department. Yoshida-san showed us a few interesting parts like F20C and K20 dry-sump kits, prototype exhaust manifolds, finely polished heads and talked us through some of the parts and work Spoon does. We were shown where the Spoon suspension kits are assembled and how the fine attention to detail the company is known for even extends to careful matching of springs according to their weight so that a full four-damper kit offers the best performance and feel when used on a customer's car. You will only find this kind of attention to detail on race cars.

A short drive from Spoon HQ is the Type-One workshop, a two story building where Spoon cars are built, kept and looked after. We were taken upstairs to the main work area where "our car" was waiting for us. Sitting in a dark corner of the shop the new S2000 demo car greets us with its impossibly purposeful looks. Spoon has never done anything like this, they have always preferred to stick to the simpler side of tuning and have until now never given much attention to over-the-top body kits. But their latest effort is simply stunning-a true testament to the quality and style of their work. This S2000 creates such a visual impact it takes the mind a few minutes to digest all the details and lines of the race car-like body kit. This kit has been made up to give customers of Spoon a chance to bring the company's race pedigree to the street. It all begins with the aggressive front bumper straight from the Super Taikyu S2000 race car, which features a large central air intake to bring cooling air to the radiator, while a cold air intake brings a fresh breeze to the airbox thanks to the carbon air-guide inside the engine room. Large foglight reflectors take center stage in the whole bumper assembly, while on the side are small intakes to channel air to the front brakes.

Complementing the aggressive bumper is the vented hood, which helps extract hot air from the engine bay thanks to its gill-like air outlets. The front fenders marginally widen the car, but it's their design that significantly alters the S2000 presence. Their Super-GT-like open section on the door side is the selling point of this kit, as is the highly visible higher fender line, which works its way toward the rearview mirrors. The rear fenders are widened in a more crude fashion with riveted over-fenders. The rear bumper features a prolonged profile with a somewhat angular design feel and has been combined with two large square openings on either side which work hand in hand with the carbon lower diffuser to expel air from under the car. A large GT-style wing finishes off the rear section of the car. However, it's the Spoon coupe roof that plays a big part in completing the look of the new kit. Closing up the S2000 with the shell-like cover totally transforms its profile and brings it one step closer to the Super Taikyu car, which uses the exact same part. A set of 17-inch matte-bronze Volk Racing wheels contrast the pure-white body perfectly and, shod with sticky Bridgestone Potenza RE-01Rs, this S2000 has plenty of grip to play with.

Fine-tuning is Spoon's specialty and the yellow-topped FC20 sitting in the engine bay perfectly illustrates this. Almost everything looks factory, only a few details like the carbon-Kevlar plug cover and air guide hint that this is no ordinary Honda engine. Take a close look and you will notice the skillfully welded exhaust manifold that connects to the twin-exit main N1 exhaust system. Most of the work, however, has been done to the engine, which has been carefully rebuilt with painstaking attention to detail. All engine components have been finely balanced and fitted with finer tolerances assuring the best possible performance at all engine revolutions. The head has received a healthy dose of polishing and a new set of high lift camshafts which help extract more power, 275 hp at 8,600 rpm to be precise. The engine, like the gearbox, is mounted on harder bushings. As soon as you crank the engine to life the vibrations are quite evident. The gearbox itself has been rebuilt by Spoon and mated to specially designed flywheel and clutch assemblies. The propeller shaft, like the drive shafts, has been changed for Spoon versions with a lighter weight and revised spacers. The rear differential has been binned in favor of a Spoon item; and the whole diff assembly sits on harder bushings, guaranteeing less play in the driveline. Even the steering has been finely tuned with low friction bearings for a more natural and direct feel. Adjustable Spoon dampers have found their way into the car and feature 14 kg/mm springs front and 12 kg/mm springs rear. Spoon has just released an important new product, which addresses the lack of stiffness in the front upper arm suspension mounts. To stiffen this critical area a high-tension steel frame has been developed and then welded into position to guarantee a solid mounting point, which has no problem taking all the abuse the suspension throws at it. Taking care of braking are the trademark blue Spoon monoblock Nissin made front calipers. Mated to high friction Spoon pads, they offer strong braking with no sign of fade.

The full S2000 wide-boy kit is already on sale. Log into the Spoon and Type-One websites at spoon.jp and typeone.jp for more information.

Specs: 2007 Spoon Sports demo S2000
max power: 275 hp @ 8,600 rpm
Engine
Spoon complete engine assembly
Venturi throttle
Uprated plugs
Spoon carbon-Kevlar plug cover
Spoon head cover
Spoon air cleaner
Spoon air box
Spoon carbon-Kevlar air guide
Spoon radiator hoses
Spoon exhaust manifold
Spoon N1 exhaust system
Spoon ECU

Transmission
Spoon transmission assembly
Differential assembly
Spoon propeller shaft
Spoon drive shafts
Spoon LSD
Spoon flywheels
Spoon clutch
Spoon clutch cover
Spoon release bearing

Exterior
Spoon front & rear bumpers
Spoon front fenders
Spoon aero bonnet
Spoon rear fenders
Spoon coupe roof
Spoon GT wing
Spoon rear carbon diffuser

Wheels & Tires
Rays CE28N
Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R

Suspension
Spoon front upper arm mount stiffening plate
Spoon front & rear tower bars
Spoon front & rear lower arm bars
Spoon engine torque damper
Spoon engine & transmission mounts
Spoon diff mounts
Spoon damper kit
Spoon springs (14 kg/mm front, 12 kg/mm rear)
Spoon rear sub frame plate
Spoon steering column assembly
Spoon front & rear zero bump steering kit
Spoon drive shaft spacer kit
Spoon monocoque front brake calipers
Spoon brake pads all round

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