Over the years we’ve got featured a few appealing arresting widebody S2000 roadsters. May they be glassy artery machines, squeaky-easy display-mobiles, turbocharged clue terrors, or a few combination of the three, the widebody Honda automobile is an soaking up aftermarket abracadabra trick. So aback Mode Parfume arrive us to seem to Osaka and evaluation out their 2008 AP2, a vehicle that we might by myself apparent pix of from the Osaka Auto Messe show, I was brief to jump over to the acreage vicinity I met with our assured beat chief, Sam Du, and photographer, David Ishikawa, for what would turn out to be universal because the Super Artery southern Japan boutique bout blitz.
WHO IS MODE PARFUME?
Mode Parfume and its ancestor organisation, Blow Architectonics Co., Ltd, are housed inside the shipyard commune of Izumiotsu, aciculate adverse to the apprehensive rural atmosphere we had start ourselves in ahead that day at the same time as journeying Toyota Corolla expert Inazuma Worx. And admitting our aboriginal boutique appointment that day well-known to be ultra agent particular, Mode Parfume is some distance brought all-encompassing. From award-triumphing VIP sedans and Honda minivans, to bearing a alternation of recounted aftermarket fog lamps, this Osaka basic has advised and crafted a advanced ambit of automotive aftermarket elements.
Founded and run by way of Masao Hirano and his wife, Nobuko, this bedmate and wife aggregation created a appalling trifecta aback they accumulated their capabilities with son-in-law, Hiroshige. With over 20 years of acquaintance on the Mode Parfume resume, there’s no curtailment of builds that we should cover, so accede ultra-modern accountable bulk a brain-teaser for what is to come back.
After spending an afternoon with Mode Parfume’s superbly crafted, Phantom GA-MU widebody AP2, I changed into larboard both bugged and constructive approximately what has yet to return. There’s a lot to love approximately the Mode Parfume S2000, however it is additionally a touch at the abnormal facet, and now not simply carried out both.
F22C1 WITH BOLT-ONS
So, afore we get too abysmal into the info, permit’s accede the albatross within the room: This AP2’s 2.2-liter inline-four powerplant is appealing abuse abutting to actuality cartilage banal (F22C1 is rated at 240hp from the manufacturing unit). Agent and chiral mods accommodate little added than an HKS “Super Sound Master” exhaust, Tanabe beeline pipe, and a few Mode Parfume titanium bankrupt guidelines. There’s moreover a Rywire accomplishments cable package, Mode Parfume’s very own carbon cilia cooling plate, and a few Downstar get dressed-up goods, however within the abiding words of Porky Pig, “That’s all folks.”
FOCUS ON STYLE
Masao Hirano informs me that the artlessly aspirated F22C charcoal about changeless due to several reasons. He is going directly to acquaint me that one of the capital causes is that he capital to aboriginal attention on perfecting the car’s aesthetics, afore affective directly to propulsion and whatnot. Back an absolute band of aboriginal Mode Parfume powertrain equipment nonetheless receive yet to enter improvement, I cognizance at the portions of this AP2 that accept been changed, by myself to acquisition myself bent off bouncer already once more.
I accept apparent lots of S2000 builds in my day, but in no way one which sat in such a broad, absolutely boxlike stance. All four corners of this automobile cycle on 18×10.5″ SSR Professor SPX wheels, all of which seem encased in analogous 265/35ZR18 Dunlop Direzza ZIII rubber. It’s no longer like this is a flip-off, it’s miles aloof highly attenuate to acquisition an S2000 no longer agitation a staggered caster setup, and Hirano-san brand fact distinctive. He moreover emblem accepting as plentiful anchor as available aback cornering, and the way in which those car stuffed-in anniversary angled fender of his Phantom GA-MU widebody package.
Building Honda roadsters is a piece of a new bag for Mode Parfume. The save’s alteration from VIP builds commenced some years again, aback a cruise to america showed Hirano-san contiguous America’s adulation for adapted S2000 roadsters. After witnessing our abiding adherence to the chassis, and some diffuse appointment time with appropriate acquaintance Yasu Shimomukai of Exceed Japan (who additionally pics for us sometimes), Hirano-san took the dive, and started growing his personal widebody S2000 AP2 aero kit.
But due to the fact Hirano-san insisted that his widebody package price bolt to the AP2 seamlessly, ascent his aero to the automobile conventional to be a absolute undertaking. While airy ascent credibility are without a doubt ninja-grade, ambuscade all of that accouterments introduced numerous delivered architectonics time. Determined to accent the adorableness of the curve he had aloof created, and no longer accept the attention absent by means of such things as rivets and whatnot, Hirano-san redesigned his ascent techniques. The quit aftereffect turned into a widebody kit with absolute lodging and cute strains, and accouterments that is surely hidden from sight.
Being that that is a sports vehicle and not a VIP sedan, Hirano-san changed into able to cull a positive bulk of afflatus from clue machines aback designing Mode Parfume’s Phantom GA-MU widebody. Dynamic but delicate, there may be a lot to adore in this kit if you are keen on anatomic aerodynamics. While flat-bottomed barge forums and alike advanced aperture get entry to air and movement drag, an aggressively breach and raked rear diffuser offers adherence thru conspicuously aciculate lines. In comparison, all 4 fenders are of a angled layout, with vents which are counseled to no longer by myself attending menacing, however additionally belch warm air from brakes and impede carry as well.
While our columnist David did his thing, I stood back, soaking-in the architectonics in superior of me. The acutely denticulate carbon cilia “Super Bonnet ” from Aboriginal Molding sits in abrupt destructive to the angled rear decklid addle-brain out lower back, a collaborative concept fabricated in affiliation with Exceed Japan. And at the same time as you will expect that the massive Voltex Swan Neck GT Wing aerial over it’d abstract the eye, the amplitude amid the two leaves abounding allowance for account of each enhancements. With a fixed of glossy Intec LED appendage lamps established, and layers of wealthy, Valencia Red Pearl acrylic cloaking it all (identical acrylic acclimated on the brand new NSX), Mode Parfume’s AP2 is aloof as affected as it’s miles competitive.
NEW S2000 HARDTOP
But absolutely the high-quality of the aero appearance actuality is that this automobile’s hardtop. It’s been a hot minute returned Honda discontinued its accumulation of adamant acme for the S2000 chassis, and Hirano-san saw this as an ideal befalling to perform his personal version. With its recessed rear windscreen, miniature roof spoiler, multi-tier lower portions, and changed inlaid traces, the carbon cilia Mode Parfume Phantom vehicle is its very own entity. Accessible in both FRP or carbon, anniversary of these hardtops comes with ABS window frames and absolute bottle for maximum visibility.
Hirano-san additionally fabricated abiding that his signature band of synthetic big brakes WAS installed on his S2000 evaluation situation, six-piston calipers and -piece rotors that were advised in affiliation with Endless. The Mode Parfume aggregation took this aforementioned collaborative get entry to to coilovers, which had been engineered and bogus in Japan with the advice of Tanabe. These 20-manner adjustable abeyance improvements affection their very own altered miniature pillow balls, and seem in an 18K the front/16K rear jump amount layout.
ENTER THE COCKPIT
Interior enhancements are aloof as aboveboard and useful. Bride VIOS III seats maintains the disciplinarian and commuter strapped-in, Takata four-factor accouter holds them in place, and a Cusco rollcage adds tension. Meanwhile, Battlecraft’s approximately-face bulge encourages absolute throws, as a MOMO council caster folds out of the manner with the recommendation of a Works Bell RAPFIX GTC angry hub meeting.
WHATS NEXT FOR MODE PARFUME
Vehicle walkaround complete, I about-face to Masao Hirano, and ask what’s abutting for Mode Parfume. Outside of engineering powertrain upgrades for the S2000 chassis, Hirano-san tells me that the aggregation affairs on absorption heavily aloft the improvement of anatomy kits for Honda cartage from the Nineties and aboriginal 2000s. So, all of you EG, EK, and DC5 admirers get geared up, because there may be a capable aroma of “Parfume” within the air, and it’s approximately to be “blowing” your way. #dadjokes