I don’t care, man. I’ve driven this everywhere.
If you’ve ever worn fresh kicks for the first time, you know the feeling. You can’t wait to throw on some brand new shoes to go out and flex. You spend all day dodging dirt, puddles, and other obstacles, determined not to scuff them. Maybe you’re really anal, and you don’t even want to crease them. You waddle like a penguin to protect your shoes. You look silly, but who cares? Your shoes are pristine.
Then it happens.
Maybe you kick something by accident, or someone steps on them. Your first scuff. All of a sudden, you don’t care as much anymore. Every scuff afterward hurts less. Eventually, you stop counting, and it becomes your regular everyday pair.
There is something special about the way Everett’s AP2 proudly displays its scars. Every blemish is a story, a moment in time of the car’s life.
The first thing you’ll notice about the car is how low it is. This is his drive height, whether he’s cruising the streets of Chicago, tearing up the circuit at a drift event, or taking his car on a road trip across the country – this is how Everett rolls. Inches off the ground, the S2000 sits on a set of BC Racing coilovers, with a 14k SWIFT springs upgrade. To help dial in some camber, Megan camber arms were used.
The massive Work REZAX wheels measure 18×10 +13 up front, and 18×11.5 +7 in the rear. The centers are a grey-ish blue color, while the lips feature a brushed and clear-coated finish. For grip, Achilles tires measuring 225/35R18 in the front, and 255/35R18 in the back were used. The wheels sit cambered and flush under a set of Circuit Garage overfenders. There is probably some room to fill out the wheel arches with some meatier rubber, but the deep-dish look with stretched tires looks pretty amazing. Behind the wheels are upgraded brakes, with slotted and drilled rotors.
The stock front bumper was swapped for the discontinued CWEST V2 bumper, complete with carbon fiber canards. I never even knew this bumper existed prior to seeing Everett’s car, but it looks great. There is some damage to the middle of the lip – just #lowcarproblems, unfortunately. The headlights were also baked open, and sprayed black, with a body-color-matched ring around the headlight.
The stock hood was cut with this asymmetrical design for cooling, and aesthetic purposes.
There is not much in the way of performance modifications, besides a custom cold-air intake, and an Invidia Q300 catback exhaust. The cold-air intake is a modified Injen unit, with the front portion removed, so the filter sits higher. Everett ran into some flooding down in Georgia during a road trip, and moved the intake higher so it wouldn’t suck in water.
The side skirts were designed for an RX7, so they come up a bit short. I was surprised to learn that the FD RX7 actually has a shorter wheelbase than the S2000.
The rear brake lights are Depo LED units, which look amazing when paired with the JDP rear diffuser. Unfortunately, the diffuser was the victim of a drift train mishap. The trunk spoiler is from Backyard Special, another discontinued product.
The diffuser is one of the cleanest, and best I’ve seen!
The passenger side wheel arches each suffered a hit at the hands of a CTA bus while driving downtown. The bus just barely clipped the S2000 while making a turn.
The bus driver didn’t even stop!
The interior is spartan, but effective. Only changes for ergonomics were made, with the exception of the Alpine head unit. One of my favorite things about the S2000 interior is how you can hide the head unit behind the silver flip-down plate.
The seats are BRIDE ZETA bucket seats, with custom center cushion pieces. They were actually re-upholstered with red plaid fabric by Everett’s mother.
The wooden Nardi steering wheel adds a touch of old-school.
Gotta love the Dragonball shift knob!
Still one of the coolest gauge cluster designs, in my opinion. Also, you can tell this is an AP2 from the lower redline (8000 vs 8800 rpm).
There is nothing better than a car built to be thrashed, and the owner actually doing it. It’s too often we see cars made to dominate the track instead dominate the garage, or local Starbucks parking lot. Everett plans to redo the bodywork so it is show-quality again, but it has been a pleasure being to see all the scars, and hear the stories behind them!