We dropped the full feature of Rowie Landicho's 1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V last month, and it was well received with a ton of fans and likes across Instagram. It's a rare JDM car that you don't see every day, and it's a car that's really hard to not just import into America, but to build, considering anything before the Evo VIII was never sold in the States.
Rowie's Evo is a project he started from scratch and had to build from the ground up. He's spent several late nights and long hours locating hard-to-find JDM parts and prepping it to become a SEMA caliber build, which he eventually debuted at the Toyo Tires Treadpass during the 2019 SEMA Show.
There's a lot to love about the RHD turbocharged sedan, most notably the Varis Asso widebody, a conversion that's been designed and tested on some of Japan's most famous racetracks like Tsukuba Circuit. There's also the rare Recaro seats, tons of ARC goodies and an upgraded 4G63 powerplant that he's looking to make 400-450hp once tuned. From my interview with Rowie, I discovered that he's a bit of a wheel whore, too. Despite only having the all-wheel-drive Mitsubishi finished for a year, he's already cycled through four different sets of wheels on the car.
In the original feature, we showed you his setup on TE37V Mark-II wheels; this photo set highlights a set of CE28 Club Racer 2 Black Edition wheels which Rowie states that he likes a lot more than the TE37Vs. Regardless of wheel selection, Rowie's Evo V looks at home in the canyons of southern California and we're excited to see how it performs on the road course, which could be happening very soon.
Below is a full gallery on the CE28, enjoy!
1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V (CP9A)
OWNER Rowie Landicho
HOMETOWN Los Angeles, CA
OCCUPATION wheel fitment specialist
POWER 380hp; 365 lb-ft of torque
ENGINE 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four 4G63 engine; ARC oil cap, spark plug cover, turbo heatshield cover, induction box, blow-off valve, radiator cap, thermostat, cooling plate, front-mount intercooler, titanium cat-back exhaust; Comp CTRX 5858 turbo; Odyssey battery; Koyorad Radiator; Chasing J's radiator stay, titanium hardware; Blitz pipe stopper; ID1000 injectors; Walbro 255lph fuel pump; KT Motoring tune and boost controller; custom intercooler pipes; Colt Speed hood dampers; Dual Map E85 tune; bay painted Medium Grey
DRIVETRAIN five-speed manual transmission; ACT clutch
FOOTWORK & CHASSIS Fortune Auto 500 series coilovers; ARC front strut tower bar; Mine's rear strut tower bar; Whiteline bushing kit, lower control arms, sway bars, end-links
BRAKES Project Mu four-piston front calipers, front and rear rotors, teflon lines, Club Racer pads
WHEELS & TIRES 18x10.5" Volk Racing CE28 Club Racer II Black Edition wheels; 295/30R18 Toyo Proxes R888R tires; Project Kics R40 Iconix lug nuts and compression bolts
EXTERIOR Varis Asso widebody kit including front bumper, front splitter, rear diffuser, canards, fenders and side air panels; Voltex Type 4 GT wing with custom stands; Ganador Super mirrors; carbon hood and trunk; Spec-D headlights; custom Super White paint
INTERIOR Recaro RS-G Raillart Edition seats; Planted Technology seat bases; Cusco ten-point rollcage; Works Bell steering wheel, quick-release hub and adapter; Vertex signal extension; Defi Race gauges; ARC Columnar shift knob; Willans four-point harnesses; flocked dash and interior panels; custom carbon deck lid; Beatrush divider panel, MAP box, foot rest, floor bar; Chasing J's custom titanium door bars; Pioneer head unit
THANKS my amazing and very supportive bb Demi, my family, Allen Lugue, Jonny Grunwald, Stan Chen at Toyo Tires, my dad Mel and Team Emperor, Denz Mechanic, TNGNM fam, HHWHH fam, Chuck at Showstoppers, Duane and Kristian at Rcompound, Karl at Rare Evo Parts, Leen Customs, John at Enticed Motorsports, Photography by V, Renz.jpg, Cusco, Varis, Scott at Koyorad, Dom at Chasing J's, Rachard at FRSH Media, Whiteline, Works Bell, Pioneer, Beatrush, HPS Performance, Comp Turbo, Meguiars, Faiz at Fortune Auto, Defi, KT Motoring, Black Vue Official, APR, RAYS, Project Kics, Project Mu, and my Super Street family