After owning and building a 300kW Evo IV RS, Faizal thought it was about time to move onto building his dream car. So, he sourced a near-original-condition Mitsubishi lancer 9 gt Evo VIII in Christchurch. The only modifications the Evo had were a blow-off valve and a set of BC Gold coilovers, which had been wound down to the ground. The car stayed like this for a few months, but after losing too many races at the drags, and winding the boost up just a little too far, the stock engine gave way, kick-starting the build as we see it today.The work of Pukekohe-based workshop E&H Motors was well known to Faizal, as some of his family members had sent big-power builds through their doors at one stage or another. So his Evo was dropped off with one stipulation — it needed over 400kW and plenty of top end, as Faizal explains: “People always talk about GT-Rs having the edge over Evos in the top end, so with this build I wanted to show that Evos can have plenty of speed at the top end as well.” Carl and Hans from E&H knew exactly what was needed: the block was stroked out to 2.3-litres from the standard two, with a Manley Stroker crank, Manley rods and JE lightweight pistons. The head received a set of E&H-spec’d cams, 1mm oversized valves, and the ports were also enlarged. The block received ACL bearings and the whole assembly was sandwiched down with main and head studs. To give the car plenty of the requested top end and tip it over that magic number of 400, a twin-scroll GT40 Garrett turbo received some E&H-spec internals and was bolted on to the block care of a Sinco manifold.
When it came time for the Mitsi’s first go on the dyno, things were kept relatively sedate with a run-in tune of 350kW. The second time round, they pushed it to 380kW, but the car started to suffer from overheating issues.
So in went a bigger alloy radiator, twin 12-inch fans and an electric water pump. Back on the dyno for a third time, they dialled in some extra boost, but it was at this point that the Evo developed its seemingly insatiable appetite for gearboxes. The first one blew on the dyno after the car had made it to only 437kW. At this level the car was also finding the limits of the single fuel pump, so E&H installed a 1000hp capable in-tank set-up.
Mitsubishi lancer evo 9 gt. Before it made its next visit to the dyno, Faizal attended one of the Winter Wars dates at Fram Autolite Dragway where he ran a best time-to-date of 11.3 on the quarter-mile, although that meet saw the new gearbox start to fail, which meant Faizal couldn’t change into fourth gear. Needless to say that box didn’t last much longer and was replaced before the car was strapped back onto the E&H dyno ready to make some real numbers.
With Gull E85 flowing through its veins, the Mitsubishi lancer evo 9 gt punched out 580kW to all four wheels. Realising that this was just a little too much power to run on a daily basis — yes, this is Faizal’s daily driver — and given the fact that it was apparent gearboxes were going to be constantly destroyed, a switch was made to Mobil 98 and the retune relaxed to a slightly more sedate 491 kW with 33psi. By our calculations those figures would make it New Zealand’s most powerful Evo on pump gas, and it’s a set of numbers that’s extremely impressive on 98 octane.
It’s a pretty good achievement for a young guy like Faizal, but it was his approach to the build that him allowed him to achieve his goals. Each and every part this car has its purpose; there’s not a single dress-up part in sight. But he doesn’t plan to stop there, and after smashing seven gearboxes in three months, he’s busy saving for a PPG Dog Box, which should finally be able to handle the power — not to mention providing some lightening quick gear changes. Once it’s in, the switch will be made back to E85 and a tune somewhere around the 600kW mark will be dialled in. So, with a bit of luck we’ll see the Evo run into the tens at the 4&Rotary Nationals next year — providing the driveline holds up, that is!
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