Put two of the best modern Japanese FR track toys in the hands of two convivial Canadians with a penchant for oversteer on a challenging race course and you won’t be disappointed. Neither the Honda S2000 nor the Scion FR-S are powerhouses, but the platforms are among some of the most rewarding for casual track day events, autocross, and even club-level road racing.
The two cars share similar levels of modification, and the one control in this comparison is the tire. The Continental ExtremeContact Sport tire is a 340-treadwear, versatile summer tire that gives Pete and Dave the ability to push hard for several laps without fear of much dropoff. Considering way the relentless Toronto Motorsport Park (TMP) abuses tires, that’s something to consider. Both cars sport square setups with the same widths: 255-sections at all eight corners. That should simplify the comparison, but there are several other elements to consider.
The not-so-impressive FA20 motor sitting under the hood of the Scion has been upgraded with a Jackson Racing supercharger and a Tomei exhaust that brings power up to roughly 270 HP at the wheels. Unfortunately, the bulk of that power is only delivered at the top end of the rev range. As a result, the approximate 220-whp (wheel horsepower) S2000, admittedly sporting shorter gears, nearly keeps up in a straight-out drag race. However, there aren’t many long straights at TMP, so having a straightline advantage doesn’t mean the world, though usable torque and a broad powerband does.
Nor should it. These two are renowned for their remarkably accurate and informative steering and playful chassis. After all, they have to be fun without much horsepower. Therefore, the majority of the modification has been made to their suspension.
The Honda is modified with:
- 17×9-inch Gram Light57Xtreme wheels
- Eibach Multi-Pro R2 coilovers
- Eibach swaybars
- Stoptech Sport Brakes (including rotors, pads, lines, and fluid)
- Buddy Club USA hardened suspension bushings
- APR Performance GTC-300 rear wing
- CR front lip
- C3 Composites custom front splitter
The Scion benefits from:
- KW Suspension
- Raceseng adjustable top hats
- Adjustable rear lower control arms
- Advan Racing GT wheels
- AP Racing big brakes
- Driveway Labs splitter and diffuser
- Voltex Swan Neck wing