A seven-speed sequential gearbox from OS Giken sends that energy rearward, with a Holinger pneumatic shifter improve after which an IP 8.8 diff equipment with OS Giken LSD internals. Once more, KW dampers and upgraded brakes make an look. All informed, the S2000RS weighs lower than the GT86, however greater than I anticipated at 2,400 kilos. Then once more, all of the aero parts nonetheless require sufficient bracing to truly switch a lot downforce to the chassis and, finally, the tires.
Even carbon fiber weight financial savings can solely go to this point. Nonetheless, as I walked round and peeked my head into the cockpit, I could not actually consider any approach to take an S2000 and make it any extra hardcore. With Yoshihara behind the wheel, the sight of such a radical racecar sprinting up the hill at Pikes Peak will most likely solely be matched by the screaming turbo and rifle-crack shifts of the Holinger air shifter. However how briskly can a automobile like this truly go?
“In 2020, we gained the limitless class, however our time was ten minutes and 5 seconds,” Yoshihara stated, remembering the GT86. “This yr, what I needed to realize personally was, I need to get a sub-ten.”
The general public debut of each the S2000R and S2000RS additionally marked Yoshihara’s first time with both, too.
“That is my first time truly seeing this automobile,” he stated. “This automobile has 650 horsepower, nevertheless it’s truly so much lighter. This one has ABS, TC, higher aero, so… I do not see why we can’t go sub-ten with this.”