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World Rally Wagon


It’s a little hard to imagine how a car like that would look like right? It may seem disjointed at first. In the front, you see a Lancer Evolution 9 and at the rear, well it is something that you can’t associate with a car with an illustrious rally lineage that has bagged 4 Constructors champion in the World Rally Championship (WRC). So wait, hold on. Are you saying that wagons can’t race? Something that looks like your Guru Besar would drive to school day in and day out?

Okay, it is time for me to school some of you who don’t see the brilliance of wagons. In racing especially, it’s nothing new to see a 5-door people mover that is familiar to be seen on a side of the Lorong, hopping over kerbs on circuits like Donington Park. It’s only the shell that resembles a family wagon, but what under its aluminium structure matters. Like what Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) had done to the Volvo 850 Estate, with its wagon shell, they build a full-blown Super Touring car, which is capable of racing against its sedan and fastback counterparts.
Recently, Honda had campaigned their Honda Civic Wagon in the BTCC (British Touring Car Championship), again with the same formula. But let’s return to the Evo 9 Wagon, so you are thinking that, No. No one has raced with this car before right? Some Lancer Evolution aficionados would agree with me on this one, back in 2009, a private team entered one in the Super Taikyu (translated as Super Endurance) Endurance race series in Japan.

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It’s clear that the Evo 9 wagon comes with similar hardware as it’s sedan cousin, a turbocharged 2.0L 4G63 Mivec engine that produces 286BHP connected to a manual transmission gearbox with 6 forward gears and 1 reverse gear inside of it. The box with its series of cogs is attached with its multitalented Super AYC 4-wheel drive system that can be switched to 3 different modes that is Tarmac, Gravel and Snow.

The Wagon version of the Evolution 9 is build with limited numbers, with only 2500 units around the world. This car has been kept in the loving hands of its owner and the details just don’t lie. Don’t let its mint condition fool you however, because there are some modifications made to it.

Chiefly under the hood, its 2.0L engine has been resized to 2.2 Litres in capacity thanks to the Ross Sport 2.2L stroker kit. The engine’s ECU has been reflashed to cope with the internal engine modification. Its stock Mitsubishi air-ram is replaced with a HKS Kansai carbon fibre air ram, which weights much lighter than the stock component. Its standard exhaust system has been ditched for Trust GReddy full titanium exhaust system that is lightweight, has a higher heat threshold and greater sounding exhaust note.

Redundancy is definitely king on the transmission side of things; its stock single plate clutch has been upgraded to an Ogura twin plate clutch set. Although it may sound a little too much for 286hp, but it reduces the chances of having clutch slip that would more likely to happen on a single plate setup.

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A decent brake upgrade is something a sensible person wouldn’t leave out in the pursuit of performance, the stock Brembo brakes are replaced with the same brake system that the Super Taikyu endurance applications. The huge Endless floating brake rotors not only provide bigger surface area for heat dissipation but also, have a much lighter weight thus reducing unsprung weight. Complimenting the huge discs, are its Endless 6 pot monoblock callipers in the front and 4 pots at the rear, ensuring maximum braking performance.

The standard wheels and tyres won’t be able to accommodate the huge Endless brake system, so the stock 17” wheels are replaced with the glorious, 18” inch Rays CE28 N-Edition forged that continues the Super Taikyu theme, but instead of being wrapped in thick racing slicks, Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres on all 4 corners are just as sufficient to do the job of providing sufficient grip and to keep things street legal.

This car maintained by premium and performance car trader, Wheelersgate Auto. Ever since 2008, they have provided vehicle-sourcing services for clients who wish to own rare and limited production cars. They also assist customers in importing performance upgrades from overseas, vehicle maintenance and roadworthiness certifications. Also this Lancer Evolution 9 Wagon has been modified and tuned by the boffins over at GT Auto Sunway.

So, there you have it ladies and gentlemen. The best example of what you can do to a station wagon. Achieving this is simple, by planning ahead and modifying what is relevant to the intended use of the car and taking good care of it. Improving the car is what that matters most, not the other way around.

Hyperfacts!
Car: 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution EVO IX (CT9W)

Engine: 4G63, Ross Sport 2.2L Stroker Kit, HKS Kansai Carbon Air Ram, and Trust Greddy Full Titanium Exhaust kit.

Electronics: Reflashed ECU

Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission, and Ogura Twin Plate Clutch.

Handling: Bilstein Suspension System.

Brakes: 6 Pot (Front), 4 Pot (Rear) Endless monobloc and floating brake rotors.

Wheels & Tyres: 18″ Rays CE28 N-Edition Forge Wheels, 265/45/18 Michelin Pilot Sport 3 Tyres.

Interior: Evo IX unique Recaro Alcantara/Leather Seats, Momo Steering, Interior Chrome Inserts, and a Pioneer AVH-X4650DVD head unit.

Exterior: Front Voltex Spoiler

Garage & Tuner: Wheelersgate and GT Auto Sunway

Words: Bryan Au