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Wolf in sheep’s clothing

So the story goes that the hungry wolf wanted to get itself some lamb chop from the flock of sheep nearby but slathered in the skin of a wolf, naturally it couldn’t get near enough to nab itself a juicy sheep.

One fine day, the wolf came across some sheared sheep wool and got the idea to cloak itself in it. This would give it the appearance of a sheep, allowing it to get near enough to the flock and grab a sheep for dinner.

If you’ve had a proper childhood growing up, and we’re pretty sure you did since you’re reading this magazine, no doubt you would have heard of this tall tale. Well here we have the petrol head version of that story involving a humble Proton Satria that donned the skin of a GTI to get up close with them and serve up a slice of humble pie.

Starting off as a stock Satria 1.6, the car has undergone quite the reskinning to take on the appearance of a much more formidable Satria GTI. Nonetheless, under the hood it packs some goodies that would scare off even a pureblooded Satria GTI.

C-draX Garage was tasked with performing the transformation on the car. The engine bay was refreshed with a coat of bright yellow before the holy union of a 4G93 block with a Mivec head was dropped into their new matrimonial home. A set of Mivec pistons replaced the stock ones for a more formidable internal setup. The head was painted in a bright shade of purple so pardon the fact that the engine bay appears like the love child of Big Bird from Sesame Street and Barney the purple dinosaur.

Air enters the combustion chamber through a Mugen air box and into a larger S90 70mm throttle body before moving into the Skunk2 intake manifold. A pair of Works Engineering adjustable cam pulleys allow some degreeing of the cams for optimum combustion. Fuel is added into the mix by a Golden Eagle fuel rail that is kept at the right pressure via a Sard fuel pressure regulator. Spent gases are released through a custom made extractor. Additional bits in the engine bay include Samco silicone hoses to replace the water and vacuum ones. Finally, a Race Tech air diversion plate keeps more air pointed towards the radiator for improved cooling.

The engine setup is fine-tuned through a GReddy e-Manage to make the most of the new hardware under the hood. Even though the e-Manage has been around for years, the fact that it’s still in high demand and used extensively proves its effectiveness and is still one of the best bang-for-the-buck piggyback ECUs on the market.

Mating the engine to the front wheels is a stock 4G92 gearbox with a 4.8 final drive. The owner went with a D&D twin plate racing clutch to beef things up, pun unintended although we did start off with a lamb metaphor. The D&D brand of clutches and even coilovers are fast gaining market share and winning over entry-level enthusiasts for its value and quality.

On the handling front, a set of Ralliart coilovers sit at all four corners to keep the car planted to the ground during its spirited runs hunting down sheep. One of the best things to come from Proton using Mitsubishi platforms early on is the interchangeability of the parts and Ralliart components being compatible with some Protons.

Same goes for the braking system as well. An Evo 3 was gutted of its complete braking system that was duly fitted on the Satria. Now the twin pot calipers clamp on cross-drilled rotors up front and the single pot units bite on solid rear discs for better braking.

You’d be hard pressed to spot those Evo 3 brakes though as they’re masked by a set of timeless Desmond Evo Regamaster painted in a beautiful shade of frozen grey. Measuring 16×8 with an offset of 35, the wheels do well to fill up the arches and line up perfectly with arches. It wouldn’t be right to wrap those wheels in ordinary rubber so fittingly, a set of super sticky Advan Neova AD07 tyres make right the occasion.

The sheep’s skin consists of a complete Satria GTI bodykit but with a little additions to lend an aggressive glare. An R3 lip spoiler sits under the front bumper while a carbon fiber hood cuts down some poundage up front. It’s more carbon fiber galore as an R3 carbon fiber spoiler sits atop the boot lid while more of the mesmerizing weaved material replaces the petrol cap lid and the number plate frame.

Get into the pilot’s seat, which happens to be a Recaro full bucket seat, and you’ll notice the Satria GTI theme continuing. All the interior panels have been replaced by genuine Satria GTI panels while the dashboard was binned in favour of one taken from a JDM Mitsubishi Lancer. Things are kept subtle with only a Black Racing steering wheel and Kenwood touch-screen to spruce things up.

With all that hardware under its skin, it does indeed appear that this wolf will be netting itself more than a fair helping of lamb chops. Translated to petrol head speak, this Satria is well disguised to cause some scalps on the roads toward any “sheep” that lets its guard down.

Car: Proton Satria
Engine: 4G93 block, Mivec head, Mivec pistons, Skunk2 intake manifold, Works Engineering cam pulley, Golden Eagle fuel rail, Sard fuel pressure regulator, S90 70mm throttle body, Mugen air box, custom extractor, Samco silicone hoses, Race Tech radiator air diversion plate
Electronics: GReddy e-Manage
Transmission: stock Mivec gearbox, 4.8 final drive, D&D twin plate racing clutch
Chassis & Handling: Ralliart coilovers
Brakes: Evo calipers and rotors
Wheels: Desmond Evo Regamaster 16×8 offset +35, Advan Neova AD07
Exterior: GTI bodykit, R3 lip spoiler, carbon fiber hood, R3 carbon fiber spoiler, carbon fiber petrol cap lid, carbon fiber number plate frame
Interior: complete GTI interior panels, Lancer dashboard, Recaro full bucket seat, Black Racing steering wheel, Kenwood head unit
Garage: C-draX Garage

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