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Honda S2000 Roadster Modified Engine Cranks Out Power in Midget at Ventura Raceway

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California college freshman and racer Cody Swanson tested a Walker Racing Honda midget at Ventura Raceway in Oxnard, California. The car runs a highly modified 2.0 liter Honda engine out of a Honda S2000 roadster.

California college freshman Cody Swanson has used K&N filters his entire racing career, from karts to USAC midgets
California college freshman Cody Swanson has used K&N filters his entire racing career, from karts to USAC midgets.
Built by hot rod innovator Bruce Crower and owned by Mike Walker, the Honda puts out somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 horsepower. “The exact power figures are a tightly kept secret,” said Cody Swanson. “But it breathes great through a custom, one-of-a-kind K&N air filter assembly.”
Highly modified 2.0 liter Honda engine from a Honda S2000 roadster at Ventura Raceway
Highly modified 2.0 liter Honda engine from a Honda S2000 roadster at Ventura Raceway
The Honda midget puts out around 300 horsepower and red lines at 9500 RPM
The Honda midget puts out around 300 horsepower and red lines at 9500 RPM

The position of the fuel injection body on the Honda engine in the chassis posed a unique situation because the standard K&N midget air box would not fit. “We gave the dimensions to K&N through the Racer Support Program and K&N created a filter to fit the engine layout of the Honda,” said Swanson. “The K&N air filter sits very low in the car and is always in the dust zone on the track. It has, however, performed flawlessly. No contaminants have come through the K&N air filter and the engine stays protected.”

In Oxnard, the track conditions were very dry and slick for the Swanson Motorsports Team on test day. Cody was flying when the Honda reached the 9500 RPM red line. “I had to back it into the corners a lot more than I do when I race my USAC Ford Focus car,” said the 18-year-old. “It was an awesome feeling to keep the revs up and pull out of the corners.”

Swanson is not sure when they will get the Honda on the track again. His next USAC Focus race will be on September 6 at Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, California.

“We use K&N air filter products on all of our racing and street vehicles,” said Swanson. “No other product compares to the protection and performance of K&N. My racing career started with K&N filters protecting my kart racing engines and continues today on the midgets that I drive. Simply put, no other filter will do for the Swanson Motorsports Team.”

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