The Honda S2000 represented the company’s rendition of the sports car in its purest form. It was fast, light and nimble, and possessed the spirit of the S800. Japan’s preeminent tuner of Honda vehicles, Spoon, took all that was good about the S2000 and made it even better. Spoon was established in Tokyo in 1988, getting its start developing racing computers. The business branched out to producing customized parts for a variety of Honda cars, but its focus was still with racing.
In 1999, Spoon created an S2000 race car and entered it in a nine-hour endurance race at Tsukuba. The car finished 1st in class and 2nd overall. The next year, driver Tetsu Ikuzawa entered the 24 Hours of Nürburgring with an S2000 decorated with the Japanese flag, similar to his S800 race car from 1967. He finished 1st in class and 32nd overall.
In Japan, the Spoon S2000’s main battlefield was the Super Taikyu endurance race series. Because the Super Taikyu races were primarily designated for touring cars, the S2000 had to obtain special permission to race and adhere to weight handicaps. Nevertheless, the S2000 flourished in Class 4. Because of its rigid and lightweight body, the Spoon S2000 exhibited excellent handling, and while the body could not be modified due to vehicle restrictions, the engine was tuned to produce much more than the stock car’s 247 HP.