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Fine Like Wine

There usually two ways modifying a car can go. The first sees you gradually adding and improving the performance over a few years before you end up with the final product (a lie, I know) or you could hit full boost right from the get-go and strip everything down to have it built to the final product in one go.

This is a story about the latter. When the Mitsubishi Evo 9 came into his possession, the first thing decided upon was the APR Evil-R Performance wide body kit. It set the tone for the rest of the build as wider wheels were needed, meaning wider rubbers and of course some larger brakes to fill the cavities inside the wheel.

With so much footwork, a stock engine wasn’t going to cut it, so a Trevtec Motorsports engine capable of producing 1000whp and redlining at 9,500rpm was given the greenlight. Displacement was increased to 2.1-litres with a Manley billet 94mm crankshaft, Manley Turbo Tuff conrods and Manley 10.5:1 pistons on ACL race bearings while the balance shaft was binned. An AMS race oil pan adds in more engine oil and internal baffles prevent starvation at high G’s.

Up top, the head received a Stage 5 port and polish treatment, complemented by Manley SS valves, Kiglys valve springs, Manley titanium retainers and finished off with Buschur BF 272-degree camshafts dialled in by AEM adjustable cam gears.

Boost is courtesy of the Buschur 3072r turbocharger with a Tial 44mm wastegate controlling the gas flow by shooting the excess gas out from a HKS custom downpipe. A Tial 50mm BOV prevents damaging compressor surge. The intake air is sucked in by a HKS Super Suction intake before it is cooled by a HKS intercooler and piping combo and shot out the back via the HKS Carbon Ti exhaust. RC 1000cc injectors feed the fuel and is in turn fed by a Walbro 255 pump.

Seeing that the car spends quite a bit of time in the harsh desert conditions, a Mishimoto oil cooler and Mizu radiator keep temps down.

A reflashed ECU is the new brains of the operation wided by a GReddy boost controller and turbo timer. The transmission would have grenade a long time a go if it wasn’t for the Shep Transmission rebuild and Exedy HD Triple plate set.

It would be sacrilegious to not address the handling of the Evo with all the power enhancements. A set of Fortune Auto 501 series coilovers bring the car closer to terra firma and the entire shell is strengthened by a custom six-point roll-cage.

A trunk brace and Greddy front & rear strut bar tie key points together. Whiteline 27mm sway bars front and rear stiffen up the lower points of the suspension turrets and provide the bushings as well as endlinks to lessen freeplay in the suspension.

And how do the coilovers communicate between the driver and road? Through the Volk Rays TE37V Mark II measuring a massive 18×11 with a -7 offset and wrapped in sticky BFGoodrich Sport Comp 2 rubbers in a 295/30R18 sizing. ARP extended hub studs and Kicks lugnuts ensure the wheels don’t make an unexpected departure from their homes.

Stopping the monster Evo is Rotora’s finest. Two-piece floating rotors and six-piston calipers at all four corners will help it stop on a dime together with the ceramic brake pads and Rotora braided lines.

Apart from the cage, the cabin is also home to custom Status GTX race seats with Takata six-point harnesses. A Works Bell quick release/tilt hub holds the Personal red suede steering wheel in place and an ARC gear knob is the driver’s link to the transmission. A GReddy boost gauge is the most important data relation. Seibon also provided their carbon fibre door panels.

Furthermore, the entire cabin was also upholstered in red suede and double stitched to add some form of elegance in the transitions in between the colours.

Forming the basis of the exterior is the APR Evil-R kit but that wasn’t the only contribution from APR. The outfit was also responsible for the front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, canards, front splitter and carbon fibre side mirrors. Seibon gave the carbon fibre hood and carbon fibre doors while DoLuck’s sole piece is the carbon fibre trunk. That massive wing is a Rays Factory low mount special and used by some of the best builds in the world.

Every piece here serves a purpose and was carefully selected to contribute significantly to the Evo. Much like the members of Team Hybrid, they come together with a collective purpose to improve upon.

Car – Mitsubishi Evo 9

Engine – TrevTec Motorsport 2.1-litre engine, Manley billet 94mm crankshaft, Manley Turbo Tuff conrods, Manley 10.5:1 pistons, ACL race bearings, Balance shaft eliminating kit, Stage 5 port and polished head, Manley SS valves, Kiglys valve springs, Manley titanium retainers, Buschur BF 272-degree camshafts, AEM adjustable cam gears, Turbo Buschur 3072r, Tial 44mm wastegate, Tial 50mm BOV, Mishimoto oil cooler, HKS front-mount intercooler, HKS intercooler pipe, HKS custom downpipe, HKS Carbon Ti exhaust, HKS Super suction intake, AMS race oil pan, NRG radiator cap, Mizu radiator, RC 1000cc injectors, Walbro 255 fuel pump, Optima battery

Electronics – GReddy turbo timer, GReddy boost controller, Autometer shift light

Transmission – Rebuilt Shep Transmission, Exedy HD Triple disc clutch set

Chassis & Handling – Fortune Auto 510 series coilovers, custom six-point roll-cage, custom trunk brace, Greddy rront & rear strut bar, ARP extended hub studs, Kicks lugnuts, Whiteline 27mm front sway bar, Whiteline 27mm rear sway bar, Whiteline bushings/endlinks

Brakes – Rotora six-piston caliper (front and rear), ceramic brake pads, Rotora braided brake lines

Wheels & Tyres – Volk Rays TE37V Mark II 18×11 -7 offset, BFGoodrich Sport Comp 2 295/30R18, ARP extended hub studs, Kicks lugnuts

Interior – Takata six-point harness, Personal red suede steering wheel, Works Bell quick release/tilt hub, ARC shift knob, GReddy boost gauge, Clarion LCD head unit, Status GTX racing seats custom red carbon back, Seibon carbon fibre door panels, Cusco battery cut-off, Infinity Reference series amplifier 475A, Infinity Reference component speakers

Exterior – APR Evil-R wide body kit + front bumper + APR side skirts + rear bumper + APR canards + front splitter + APR carbon fibre side mirror, Seibon carbon fibre hood, Seibon carbon fibre doors, DoLuck carbon fibre trunk, Rays Factory low mount spoiler