As the world begins to shift their attention to the all-new Evo X and how it exceeds expectations, the older generations of the ever famous Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has quickly become more affordable and thus changed the tuning scene globally.
Beginning from the 3rd generation up to the 6th incarnation of the Lancer Evolution, these rally bred beast with their muscular looks and sheer power have become the popular choice of many enthusiast. And why wouldn’t it?
Take for example the white Evolution V that you see in these pages, it not only has a powerful engine but also a rigid chassis to match. But while the car excels as a performance machine, the 4-door configuration of a sedan adds practicality. A very capable family car some would say.
Dubbed as one of the best performance engines to come out of Japan, it is no wonder why the 4G63T is supported by a wide range of performance parts that’s available freely in the aftermarket. The engine too is very robust and can be set up for use in the sport of rallying, circuit racing and even drag racing. In the case of the featured Evolution V, its humble 2.0L heart was upped to 2.2 liters and loaded with performance goodies.
To gain the extra displacement, a mix & match affair between Duratec con-rods and a crankshaft together with a set of Wiseco low compression pistons seemed as the best possible option. Since the engine was taken apart, some minor upgrades were also added to reinforce the block, strengthening it for high boost applications.
Once the lower half was completed, some attention was paid to the cylinder head. A pair of HKS 272° camshafts together with HKS slide pulleys and timing belt was bolted on in place of the stock items. The valvetrain was also upgraded in the process with a set of heavy duty HKS valve springs and retainers. A single layer 1.2mm metal gasket from HKS is sandwiched between the block and cylinder head to further lower the compression.
Now with the engine more than ready to see some high boost action, a custom made exhaust manifold was design to accommodate a HKS GT3037 turbine. The customization of pipes then continues from the turbo to the HKS Type-R intercooler, to the custom throttle and finally to the custom intake plenum before being fed to the combustion chamber. Meanwhile, spent exhaust gasses from the turbo is quickly led out the rear via a HKS Hiper exhaust system. This also gives the car that nasty growl we all seem to love!
Boosting over 1.4bar of pressure and over 400 horsepower, it has now reached the time where it was necessary to upgrade the fueling system. To avoid the tedious process of adding additional injectors, larger 800cc fuel injectors were used instead. A HKS high flow fuel rail, a Sard fuel regulator and a high flow fuel pump then follows.
The newfound power of the 4G63T would not be realized with the stock ECU, which could also damage the engine with the leaner than necessary mixtures. To ensure adequate fuel supply, perfect ignition timing and ensure all parameter are in check, an Apexi Power FC gets the job done. Boost settings however, is configured with a Greddy electronic boost controller.
The stock four-wheel driven transmission was left untouched as the car would still serves as a street car, though a little upgrade would never hurt. That said, the stock clutch was quickly swapped for a HKS GD Pro racing clutch and flywheel.
Aggressive looking wheels and aggressive wheel fitment is the new craze when it comes to automotive styling, and wide wheels plus a fat lip will surely turn heads. But for a performance oriented car to have phat-looking wheels would seem a little off. But fret not, as Advan and many wheel manufacturers have been quick to realize this and manufacture sporty performance wheels with a much deeper dish. For this Evo V however, the flared fenders are not filled with an aggressively offset wheel, but instead a set of Advan RGII in 18 inches, wrapped in 235/40/18 Yokohama Advan Neova tyres.
Despite the performance increase, the stock Brembo brakes proved still worthy of stopping the car and therefore was left untouched with only brake pad upgrades. The chassis was brought lower to the ground to improve dynamic with a set of Tein Super Street coilovers.
Information overload! Apexi meters decorate the dash and supply information on just about anything regarding engine operations. A comfortable place to be in, the overall interior of the cabin was maintained in its stock form.
The exterior too, only receive minor touched such as a carbon hood and a GT wing. But sure enough, with just those few additional parts, the Evo looks much more menacing now.
From its first appearance to the now technologically-advanced Evolution X, the Lancer Evolution series has always been rocking good cars. Can’t wait to see what Mitsubishi thinks of next!
Car: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
Engine Modifications: Duratech crank and connecting rod, Wiseco 83mm piston, HKS Hiper exhaust system, HKS 272° camshaft, HKS slide pulley, HKS timing belt kit, HKS valve and retainers, 800cc injectors, HKS fuel rail, custom made exhaust manifold, HKS GT 3037 turbo, custom made intercooler piping, HKS R-Type intercooler, 70mm throttle body, custom made intake plenum, Sard fuel regulator
Transmission: Stock 4WD system, HKS GD Pro racing clutch
Suspension: Tein Super Street with EDFC
Wheels: Advan RGII 18 inch, Yokohama Advan Neova 235/40/18
Electronics: Apexi Power FC
Brakes: Stock Brembo
Interior: Recaro seats, Apexi meters, Greddy electronic boost controller
Exterior: Voltex GT Wing, carbon kevlar bonnet, Voltex front bumper