Close-Up: Spoon Endurance S2000

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Those of you who know Spoon, know that they are no strangers of the endurance.  So it comes as no surprise that they compete in the Super Taikyu series in Japan.  What may come as a surprise though, is that this is the last time we may ever see a Spoon car in the traditional blue and yellow livery.  As of the 2012 race season, Spoon has decided to do away with the iconic paint job that has adorned their cars for 25 years.  This S2000 (AP1), seen at the official test day at Fuji Speedway,  is their 2012 Super Taikyu entry and will be competing in the ST-4 class.  This year’s drivers include Taketoshi Matsui, Yasunori Nakajima, and Tatsuru Ichishima – Mr. Spoon himself.  As of last weekend, the first round of Super Taikyu has already concluded, and unfortunately Team Spoon did not fare well.  You can see the official results here.  Hopefully, within the next couple days here, I can get to posting that coverage.  Round 2 of Super Taikyu takes place at the end of April at Twin Ring Motegi.  You can expect live coverage of that via NDF’s Facebook page, as I’ll be traveling to Japan to meet up with JDM Clips for a super terrific Japan motor sports tour.  For now, click past the break for a closer look at Team Spoon’s S2000.

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It’s a bit sad that this is the last we’ll see of the blue and yellow.  Over the past years it’s become almost a staple of the Honda world.

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Spoon must really be pushing the sales of their newest product, the ‘Rigid Collar’.  They designed this whole livery around it.  Supposedly it works extremely well, but there has been some controversy around it here.  I’d like to try them out myself!

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Rays 57 G07WT wheels grace each corner of the race car.  Notice the special touch of blue and yellow along the rim of each wheel!  Awesome details.  This is a wheel you don’t see too often, but are actually somewhat readily available and make a great track wheel – obviously.

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I can’t wait to see this car on track again at Twin Ring Motegi in April.  Hopefully they can manage to finish this time!  Stay tuned for more Super Taikyu action on NDF, and be sure to check out the video’s of the cars at JDM Clips.  Thanks for visiting!

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