Over the years we’ve featured some attractive arresting widebody S2000 roadsters. May they be glassy artery machines, squeaky-easy show-mobiles, turbocharged clue terrors, or a few combination of the three, the widebody Honda auto is an absorbing aftermarket abracadabra trick. So aback Mode Parfume arrive us to seem to Osaka and analysis out their 2008 AP2, a vehicle that we might alone apparent pix of from the Osaka Auto Messe display, I changed into quick to leap over to the acreage vicinity I met with our confident beat chief, Sam Du, and photographer, David Ishikawa, for what might turn out to be ordinary because the Super Artery southern Japan boutique bout blitz.
WHO IS MODE PARFUME?
Mode Parfume and its ancestor organization, Blow Architectonics Co., Ltd, are housed in the shipyard commune of Izumiotsu, aciculate negative to the anxious rural atmosphere we had begin ourselves in in advance that day whilst journeying Toyota Corolla expert Inazuma Worx. And admitting our aboriginal boutique appointment that day common to be ultra agent precise, Mode Parfume is a long way introduced all-encompassing. From award-winning VIP sedans and Honda minivans, to bearing a alternation of recounted aftermarket fog lamps, this Osaka fundamental has advised and crafted a superior ambit of automotive aftermarket parts.
Founded and run by Masao Hirano and his wife, Nobuko, this bedmate and wife aggregation created a appalling trifecta aback they amassed their abilties with son-in-regulation, Hiroshige. With over 20 years of acquaintance on the Mode Parfume resume, there may be no curtailment of builds that we should cowl, so accede today’s accountable bulk a mind-teaser for what’s to come.
After spending an afternoon with Mode Parfume’s fantastically crafted, Phantom GA-MU widebody AP2, I was larboard each bugged and positive about what has but to return. There’s a lot to love about the Mode Parfume S2000, but it’s moreover a little at the extraordinary facet, and no longer clearly carried out both.
F22C1 WITH BOLT-ONS
So, afore we get too abysmal into the information, permit’s accede the albatross within the room: This AP2’s 2.2-liter inline-4 powerplant is attractive abuse abutting to fact cartilage banal (F22C1 is rated at 240hp from the manufacturing facility). Agent and chiral mods accommodate little brought than an HKS “Super Sound Master” exhaust, Tanabe beeline pipe, and some Mode Parfume titanium bankrupt hints. There’s moreover a Rywire accomplishments cable kit, Mode Parfume’s own carbon cilia cooling plate, and a few Downstar dress-up items, however within the abiding words of Porky Pig, “That’s all oldsters.”
FOCUS ON STYLE
Masao Hirano informs me that the artlessly aspirated F22C charcoal about changeless because of several motives. He goes directly to acquaint me that one of the capital reasons is that he capital to aboriginal cognizance on perfecting the auto’s aesthetics, afore affective on to propulsion and whatnot. Back an absolute band of aboriginal Mode Parfume powertrain apparatus nevertheless take delivery of yet to enter improvement, I awareness at the quantities of this AP2 that take delivery of been changed, alone to acquisition myself bent off bouncer already again.
I receive apparent loads of S2000 builds in my day, but never one which sat in the sort of extensive, certainly boxlike stance. All four corners of this vehicle cycle on 18×10.Five” SSR Professor SPX wheels, all of which seem encased in analogous 265/35ZR18 Dunlop Direzza ZIII rubber. It’s now not like this is a flip-off, it is aloof awfully attenuate to acquisition an S2000 not agitation a staggered caster setup, and Hirano-san emblem truth different. He moreover brand accepting as plentiful anchor as accessible aback cornering, and the manner wherein these car stuffed-in anniversary angled fender of his Phantom GA-MU widebody package.
Building Honda roadsters is a chunk of a brand new bag for Mode Parfume. The shop’s alteration from VIP builds commenced a few years back, aback a cruise to the USA confirmed Hirano-san contiguous America’s adulation for adapted S2000 roadsters. After witnessing our abiding adherence to the chassis, and some diffuse appointment time with proper acquaintance Yasu Shimomukai of Exceed Japan (who moreover images for us every now and then), Hirano-san took the dive, and began developing his very own widebody S2000 AP2 aero package.
But due to the fact Hirano-san insisted that his widebody kit charge bolt to the AP2 seamlessly, ascent his aero to the auto usual to be a absolute undertaking. While ethereal ascent credibility are genuinely ninja-grade, ambuscade all of that accouterments introduced quite a few introduced architectonics time. Determined to accessory the adorableness of the curve he had aloof created, and no longer receive the attention absent through such things as rivets and whatnot, Hirano-san redesigned his ascent techniques. The give up aftereffect was a widebody kit with absolute lodging and adorable traces, and accouterments this is honestly hidden from sight.
Being that this is a sports activities automobile and no longer a VIP sedan, Hirano-san turned into capable of cull a advantageous bulk of afflatus from clue machines aback designing Mode Parfume’s Phantom GA-MU widebody. Dynamic yet refined, there’s a lot to adore in this kit if you are a fan of anatomic aerodynamics. While flat-bottomed barge boards and alike advanced aperture get admission to air and action drag, an aggressively breach and raked rear diffuser offers adherence through conspicuously aciculate traces. In assessment, all 4 fenders are of a angled design, with vents which might be counseled to not on my own attending menacing, but additionally belch hot air from brakes and bog down carry as well.
While our columnist David did his component, I stood returned, soaking-inside the architectonics in advanced of me. The acutely denticulate carbon cilia “Super Bonnet ” from Aboriginal Molding sits in abrupt adverse to the angled rear decklid addle-brain out back, a collaborative concept fabricated in affiliation with Exceed Japan. And while you will anticipate that the large Voltex Swan Neck GT Wing aerial over it’d summary the eye, the amplitude amid the 2 leaves abounding allowance for account of each upgrades. With a set of smooth Intec LED appendage lamps installed, and layers of rich, Valencia Red Pearl acrylic cloaking it all (identical acrylic acclimated on the new NSX), Mode Parfume’s AP2 is aloof as affected as it’s far competitive.
NEW S2000 HARDTOP
But absolutely the exceptional of the aero look reality is this automobile’s hardtop. It’s been a warm minute again Honda discontinued its accumulation of adamant acme for the S2000 chassis, and Hirano-san saw this as a perfect befalling to accomplish his personal model. With its recessed rear windscreen, miniature roof spoiler, multi-tier lower portions, and altered inlaid lines, the carbon cilia Mode Parfume Phantom car is its personal entity. Accessible in either FRP or carbon, anniversary of those hardtops comes with ABS window frames and absolute bottle for maximum visibility.
Hirano-san additionally fabricated abiding that his signature band of artificial large brakes WAS established on his S2000 analysis difficulty, six-piston calipers and two-piece rotors that had been cautioned in affiliation with Endless. The Mode Parfume aggregation took this aforementioned collaborative get right of 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 own altered miniature pillow balls, and appear in an 18K front/16K rear bounce amount format.
ENTER THE COCKPIT
Interior upgrades are aloof as aboveboard and practical. Bride VIOS III seats continues the disciplinarian and commuter strapped-in, Takata 4-point accouter holds them in area, 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 irritated hub meeting.
WHATS NEXT FOR MODE PARFUME
Vehicle walkaround entire, I approximately-face to Masao Hirano, and ask what’s abutting for Mode Parfume. Outside of engineering powertrain enhancements for the S2000 chassis, Hirano-san tells me that the aggregation affairs on absorption closely aloft the improvement of anatomy kits for Honda cartage from the 1990s and aboriginal 2000s. So, all of you EG, EK, and DC5 admirers get equipped, because there’s a able aroma of “Parfume” inside the air, and it is about to be “blowing” your manner. #dadjokes