FEATURE: Power House Amuse S2000 GT1

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The JDM Clips/NDF collaboration delivers the goods once again with this feature on the legendary Amuse S2000 GT1.  This car is one of the greatest tuning achievements of Mr. Hideki Tanabe’s lifetime, and for good reason.  It’s looks are not only unforgettable, but it’s mechanical prowess has been proven on both street and track.  The insanely wide body kit brings order to chaos and gives the car the aerodynamic performance close to that of a full race car.  Click past the break to check out the car in more detail.

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A quarter view shows how the body was designed to help direct air through the car to prevent as much drag as possible.  If you play GT5, you’ll see that the kit was actually designed with help from Polyphony Digital!

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The massive GT wing provides much of the downforce used to keep the car planted to the pavement.  At 72.0 inches wide, that’s one fat rear end!

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A shot of the elongated front nose, and the over-sized canards sitting at either end.  I love how the front fenders are nearly flat on S2000’s.  Such a beautifully designed car.

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The massive fenders and vented hood that covers the, once turbocharged, 2.4l F-series.  I love how the pearl white changes color in different light.

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Carbon mirrors.

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Recaro buckets, Takata harnesses, and a few monitoring instruments provide the scenery for the cockpit.

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A Dynapack sheet from June 2010 reveals the HP gains of a handful of Amuse S2000 parts.  When the GT1 was in turbo trim, it made over 600 HP; a true monster!

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An info sheet providing facts about suspension parts and lap times at Fuji Speedway.  Taka says that in 2009 when they changed the settings for Amuse’s popular suspension kit, the GT1 was able to lap Fuji in 1 min 57:503 seconds, driven by motorsport journalist Takayuki Oi; a very respectable time.

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I am happy to see the popularity of Amuse continue despite its founder Mr. Tanabe passing away over two years ago.  With the knowledge and vision he left Amuse, I’m sure they’ll be around for a long time.  I hope to see more creations like this in the future, as it truly is a work of art.  Thanks go out again for the photos Taka.