Video: Twitchy Turbo S2000 Hunts Down BMW 135i At The Nurburgring

Two dedicated ‘Ring Rats battling in tastefully modified sports cars always makes for good television. Even more so when the cars and the driving styles are different—but both cars possess the same amount of power. With that one control in place, the difference between these two—a turbocharged S2000 and a BMW 135i—becomes clear.

Whereas the BMW is stable, reassuring, and clearly the quicker car, the S2000 is the barely restrained animal. Oscar’s S2000 sports a few choice modifications, including Ohlins Road & Track coilovers and Enkei RPF1 wheels—very lightweight—make the Honda even more of a track scalpel. However, what truly sets it apart from the typical S2000 track tool is a Full Race turbo kit. Its ~370 horsepower seems to be the perfect amount for this svelte and rear wheel-driven car, and when matched with one of the shortest gearthrows in the automotive world, this S2000 becomes a veritable rocket on the Nurburgring’s straights.

Its manageable balance is due, in part, to a staggered setup. Relatively narrow 215-section tires in front and 255-sections in the rear help keep the car from rotating like a top every time the turbo spools, but it is still a little on the wild side. Though it doesn’t always, spinning its Federal 595 RS-R tires at the corner exit isn’t hard. In fact, lurid drifts are only a toss of the steering wheel away (3:15 and 4:17), and he clearly has the hands to match the famously twitchy chassis.

The way Oscar coolly dials in opposite lock, even in fast corners, suggests he’s not intimidated at all.

Unfortunately, the turbo power puts a greater strain on the S2000’s brakes, which weren’t truly up to task in the first place. Oscar’s ability to stop becomes worryingly poor at 4:55, at the corner called ExMühle, and he wisely backs off. With a set of racing brakes and a little more tire at each axle, this Honda could be one of the fastest track toys around the ‘Ring.

Fortunately, there have been times when the stock brakes lasted one full lap. This wild, sideways display of driving brilliance is one of them:

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Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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