Fotografías Henry '¿Donde está el pitorro?' DeKuyper
It all started when Javier and Chaz of Kustom Importz Productions sent out a special invite to Super Street to come down and attend their car and drift show held at the Roberto Clemente Stadium in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Go down to the Caribbean, attend a car show and stay on the clock the whole time? Sure, why the hell not, I thought. I love traveling and I'm down to go just about anywhere, once. My partner in crime on this fear and loathing trip to the Bermuda Triangle, was our staff photographer
There are too many stories from this trip and not enough pages in this issue or enough words in the English dictionary to describe all the events we went through. Let's just say our expedition included lots of Medalla beer, the worst Chinese buffet this side of the universe, at least one transvestite stripper, the best mofongo, more Medalla beer and me being followed by the policía at 3AM in a busted-ass Mitsubishi Montero that must have been salvaged at least three times in its lifetime. If it wasn't for all the Medalla beer we kept feeding Henry, I'm sure he would have killed at least two Puerto Ricans (strippers don't count, of course) by the end of the trip. Despite the bad weather and 'island time' tardiness, we managed to get some work done for you readers.
Javi not only brought us down to the show, we were given the pleasure of awarding one lucky car the Super Street Award. The show was filled with everything from JDM Hondas, to drift cars, to sound bombing SUVs, to a crazy transformer of a 300ZX. And although all the cars were pretty wild, one of our favorite cars was Jose De La Rosa's Mitsubishi Evo 8.
Perhaps it was the simplicity of the car that made it stand out from all the other cars at the show. The stealthy white and carbon combo didn't have us fooled for too long. Soon after examining the car and talking to the owner, we found out under the hood was a fully built 4G63. Built for a daily commute to De La Rosa Performance, where Jose and his father sell and tune cars, this Evo is a far cry from typical Puerto Rican drag machines.
Mitsubishi Evolution 8
Owner Jose De La Rosa
Hometown San Juan, Puerto Rico
Occupation Car Parts Sales
Power 550 whp, 530 lb-ft of torque
Engine 2.0L 4G63; GT35 turbo; Skunk2 camshafts and gears; Brian Crower valve springs and retainer; ARP head studs; GReddy timing belt and cooling panel; CP pistons; Eagle rods; custom intake manifold; ported and polished head; Walbro fuel pump; Aeromotive fuel rail and fuel pressure regulator; Precision injectors; Megan turbo manifold; custom downpipe; custom electronic exhaust cut-off valve; Denso plugs; XS Power battery; Deizin voltage stabilizer; custom grounding kit; HKS SSQV blow-off valve; Turbosmart wastegate; AEM Tru Boost controller; nitrous intercooler sprayer; Cooling Mist methanol injection; Mishimoto radiator hoses; Ralliart thermostat; custom valve cover
Drivetrain Exedy twin-disc clutch and flywheel with ARP bolts
Engine Management Custom reflashed ECU by De La Rosa Performance
Footwork & Chassis Espelir springs; floor bar brace
Brakes OEM Brembo calipers; Project Mü pads
Wheels & Tires RH J8 19x9.5'' wheels
Exterior APR carbon front splitter; carbon side skirts, canards, trunk, spoiler and rear bumper; Evo 9 headlights; Evo 7 taillights; De La Rosa HID kit; Varis carbon pillar covers
Interior RCI harnesses; Sparco harness bar; AEM gauges; MSD shift light; carbon-fiber console; Momo pedals; LED blubs
Audio Kenwood DVD receiver with rear mounted camera; Rockford Fosgate speakers; DHD subwoofer; MTX amplifiersaudio
Thanks you Humberto De La Rosa; Rita Salazar; Stephani Alvarez; TB Machine Shop; Juan Alberto Matos; God; De La Rosa Performance; Kustom Importz; La Fiebre PR