Never Say Never: Turbo LS-Swapped Honda S2000

If you’re like us, there’s something fun about taking an engine out of a car and replacing it with an LS. And we’re not talking about replacing a Gen I small-block out of a 1957 Chevrolet, even though that makes us smile too. While we adore all LS and LT swaps, we absolutely love taking vehicles like Fords, Dodges, and even imports and making them LS-powered. “Why,” you ask? Frankly, we find it amusing, and the reactions, both good and bad, are priceless.

Mason Whitlow, who works in Holley’s Tech department, must think the same way we do even though he said he would never LS swap the car at one time. Whitlow started with a stock S2000 and then added a turbo system to the 4-cylinder Honda. After this addition, he went ahead and did a fully built engine for the convertible two-door sports car. Whitlow sold that setup as he took a job with Holley, and since the company offers just about everything needed for an LS swap, it made perfect sense.

Even though Whitlow said he would never LS swap his S2000, some things changed including getting a job at Holley. The Honda now sports an L92 and a sizable 78/75mm Boost Lab turbo.

Whitlow purchased an L92 6.2-liter iron block and went to work. The 6.2 has a Hi-Ram intake manifold, 102mm throttle body, Holley fuel rails, Earl’s fuel lines, Holley dual 450 fuel cell module, 460 gallons per hour (GPH) in-line filter, and Holley valve covers. For the turbo system, Whitlow went with a set of Hooker cast turbo manifolds, a TH400 crossover pipe, and a 78/75mm Boost Lab turbo. A Tial 50mm blow-off valve and a V60 wastegate keep the boost levels at bay when needed. Steven Polly, of Saber Team Fabrications, built the entire turbo system for the LS-powered import. Whitlow selected a Holley Dominator and 7-inch digital dash to keep tabs on the engine parameters for engine management.

Whitlow’s S2000 made almost 600 horsepower on pump gas and low boost, which was good for low 10s in the 1/4-mile. With E85 and 10-pounds of boost, the S2000 makes 710 horsepower at the wheels. He has yet to turn it up, and we’re hoping he gets the chance at LS Fest East which is coming up soon.

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