There are things in life you just don’t do, like using a torque wrench to break frozen lug nuts or keeping a pet tiger in your backyard. Even if there aren’t laws against these things, there should be. Especially misusing a torque wrench, since at least a backyard tiger would keep the squirrel population in check. To me, taking the sublime-handling S2000 and damning it to an existence of going fast in straight lines only, 1/4 mile at a time, falls into the “thou shalt not” category.
Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate how much work went into building an S2000 that’s closing in on the high sevens, and Red Star Motoring deserves respect for pulling it off. Still, I can’t get past the skinny front tires, wheelie bars and parachute that this S2000 is packing. These cars are in their element on a road course, since out of the box they’re among the best handling cars money can buy. Seeing one turned into a drag mule is like seeing Scarlett Johansson in a maid’s uniform at the local Holiday Inn. It may be sexy, but it just isn’t right.