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Mitsubishi EVO vs. Subaru STI vs. Nissan GT-R - AWD Shootout

Mashed-Up Matchup: STI vs. EVO vs. GT-R

Scott Tsuneishi
Jun 13, 2012
Photographer: Henry Z. DeKuyper
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Aside from the typical STI versus EVO shootout you’ve witnessed over the years, the Mitsubishi camp has been dominant, winning three out of the last four events and hardly been challenged by their boxer-powered rivals. This event marked the fifth consecutive year of competition but before the green flag droped, we made some dramatic changes to the event that would take an interesting turn. To bring back the event’s competitiveness, we threw a monkey wrench into the works and introduced Nissan GT-Rs as the newest competitors to join the epic battle. That’s right. We pitted Nissan GT-Rs against AWD Mitsubishi EVOs and Subaru STIs to see which vehicle was the performance king.

This event consists of 10 (special invite) vehicles, which includes three GT-Rs, three STIs, and four EVOs in a head-to-head challenge to prove who is the best, or at least amongst the best. At last year’s STI versus EVO Shootout, we witnessed the Subaru camp take its first victory. The epic battle filtered down to the last event as team Subaru took home their first five-lap battle competition, albeit it was handed to them due to two DNFs within the Mitsubishi camp. With the GT-Rs now in the mix, things were about to get pretty interesting.

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Among the invited competitors was Ryan Gates and his 311RS EVO X. Gates is no stranger to our annual event as he’s competed in the EVO versus STI event in the past with his infamous 600-plus horsepower blue EVO X. Curious onlookers immediately caught glimpse of the white EVO X with blue livery rolling through the entrance gates as this was the first time anyone in the industry had a chance to see the 311RS firsthand. Gates mentioned before the competition that the car is still in its track development phase and the AWD Shootout would be the first opportunity to time the car around the track. “It would be fun to get it out to a real competition to see where the car currently stood,” Gates says.

Gates knew coming into the event that his car was underpowered in comparison to his competitors, yet that didn’t seem to bother him. When asked about his EVO and expectations, he simply smiled as he peered though his sunglasses and said, “My biggest competitor is the track. The goal for the 311RS from the start was to drive to the track and run a sub-2:00 lap time on Buttonwillow’s CW13 configuration. During the first session, the Continental Contact Extreme DW (official AWD Shootout spec tire) equipped machine ran its fastest lap time of 2:00.484 with a 2:00.675 in the second session. Just as Gates was coming back into the pits, we noticed the Fontana Nissan GT-R with its hood popped and both doors ajar. Fearing the worst, we came upon the vehicle for a closer inspection, only to receive word that the car was bowing out from competition due to transmission problems. With only two GT-Rs remaining in the competition, it was Ricky Guan who set the pace for the entire AWD Shootout, running a 1:58.003 during his first qualifying lap in the ACG ’09 R35 GT-R. The satin gray GT-R put on quite a show for spectators and competitors alike as Guan manhandled the car into numerous four-wheel drifts for the majority of the course.

Matt Dennison returned to competition from the previous year, this time as a hired gun for the Road Race Engineering/Robispec’s 637hp EVO VIII RS. Watchful eyes, including both GT-R competitors carefully monitored the bright red EVO roar past the start/finish line in neck-breaking speeds during morning practice. When things seemed to finally fall into place for a team who experienced amazing adversity to compete in the event, suddenly saw their hopes go up in a hail of smoke after 10 laps. The team quickly went into action and began tearing down the engine, only to find irreversible engine failure caused from running a bad batch of E85 fuel.

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The second session rolled off the grid just past lunch at 12:40, and temps began to peak at 63 degrees. With over 640 hp on tap, John Hsu’s ’98 EVO VI GSR was one of two authentic JDM vehicles to compete at the event. Hsu’s race credentials included competing in touring car racing, Grand Am, club racing, endurance racing, rally racing, and Baja 500 and 1000. The seasoned race veteran was more than capable of driving his righthand-drive machine to the podium, but after a mere three laps during an early afternoon run the EVO’s aftermarket crank pulley ripped itself loose, causing massive engine failure, ending his day with a DNF. The Subaru team also wasn’t without casualties as the Renner Motorsport ’98 RS experienced turbo (compressor wheel) failure during the later part of competition. With no replacement parts at hand, the RS was also forced to retire for the day with a DNF.

The Fuji Auto BNR34 GT-R V-Spec driven by Eiji “Tarzan” Yamada looked strong throughout the day. “Godzilla” went quicker than anyone expected, running only one lap with a time of 1:58.522—a few tenths behind the ACG R35 GT-R. It’s been five years since Yamada last drove the R34 but recalls the memories just like it happened yesterday. “This car brings back some fond memories when I first came to the United States to compete at SLB. The Fuji Auto R34 offers amazing performance and is only comparable to the Mines GT-R of Japan—it’s that good. I was surprised to see the car hasn’t changed one bit since I last drove it, yet even today. It performs flawlessly, just as well as it did back then,” Yamada says. During the early morning tech inspection a minor seat harness issue prevented him from running in both practice and the first session. With only the second session left to record a time, it was important as ever to make every lap count. In typical Yamada fashion he just smiled and simply replied, “Don’t worry” (such a bad ass! -Ed.). Just as the R34 completed its warm-up lap and begin it’s hot lap, the course was red flagged due to Team Crawford’s STI catching fire. Fire crews immediately rushed to the scene to extinguish the flames before towing it back into the pits. The dramatic fire show caused a 20-minute delay, which wasted just enough to end the final session and the R34’s hopes of improving their previous lap in an unfortunate what could have been scenario.

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The Final Round: EVO vs. GT-R Battle

The five-lap battle was the final competition for the day, and once again pitted the remaining five competitors to an endurance race. With so much carnage and cars dropping like flies throughout the day, the staff decided to make some last-minute modifications to the event and turn it into an individual five-lap endurance race. As the cars made their way through their initial laps, the competition began to heat up as the ACG R35 and Kontrabrands/Evasive Motorsports EVO were jockeying in a back-and-forth battle with less than a tenth of a second separating their lap times. While the battle continued, we overheard an Evasive Motorsports crewmember mention that only driver error would separate the two to determine the final outcome. At that instant, the R35 nearly lost control coming out of the final turn into the straights, costing the GT-R more than 5 seconds. The EVO was now within striking distance and looked to capitalize on the R35’s critical error. The initial lap times were looking good for the EVO as the team recorded times of (Lap 1) 2:00.465, (Lap 2) 2:00.135, (Lap 3) 2:00.057, (Lap 4) 2:01.351 and a final lap of . . . Now you might be asking what happened to Lap 5? As it happened, a driver miscalculation on the number of laps brought him into the pits after completing only four, which automatically turned his session of glory into a heart-wrenching DNF.

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After a long day’s event of grueling racing the final numbers were tabulated and the awards handed out. Taking home both the day’s fastest lap and Five-Lap Battle category honors was ACG’s 625 hp, satin gray ’09 R35 GT-R with a best time of 1:58.003 seconds. Yamada took Second Place honors in the fastest one-lap session with a 1:58.522 in the Fuji Auto ’00 R34 GT-R V-Spec. Team Mitsubishi stood toe to toe with the GT-R family as the camp’s top contender was Michael Chang who recorded a 1:58.891 lap time in the Kontrabrands/Evasive Motorsports ’06 EVO IX SE, which ended up rounding out the top three positions. Congratulations to all the winners, and Continental Tires as our official-spec tires for the event.

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For our sixth event taking place later this year, we’re changing things up once again by transforming it into a Rear-Wheel-Drive Shootout. Do you own a RWD car and think you have what it takes to take home the top prize at this year’s shootout? Submit your vehicle photo along with specs to features@importtuner.com with “FR Shootout” in the subject line, or post it onto our Facebook page no later than October. We’ll be waiting for you!

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ACG Race Team

2009 Nissan R35 GT-R

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Best Lap: 1:58.003

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Five-Lap Battle: 9:24.704

Owner: Ricky Guan

Driver: Ricky Guan

Output: 625 hp/532 lb-ft

Engine: Switzer P800 turbo kit, cooling upgrade; HKS DCT Cooler, resonated mid-pipe; ACG secondary oil cooler; Akrapovic slip-on exhaust; Cobb Accessport tuned by Switzer (P800 multi-fuel calibration)

Drivetrain: stock

Suspension: KW sleeve-over kit; Swift Spring (custom) spring rates; Stillen sway bars; SPL rear toe arm

Aero: APR carbon front airdam, full under tray; Aero-Motion S2 rear wing, carbon trunk; Titek side extension; Wald carbon rear diffuser; Satin-Guard paint protection

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Brakes: Endless N35S race pads, E-slit rotors; ACG brake ducts

Wheels: 20X10 (front) 20x11(rear) Volk G2

Tires: 275/35-20 Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: The GT-R offered the perfect drive to and from the track with no need for additional preparation. We simply filled up a full tank of gas, grabbed our helmet, and spent the while day enjoying ourselves at the track without a single problem. Spending significant time at numerous tracks, we found ourselves basking in the luxury of not needing to bring extra wheels, brake pads, or a trailer. Upon purchasing the car, we began modifying the car with simple bolt-ons, which included an exhaust and an intake. A few months passed and additional mods quickly followed with suspension, brakes, and aero upgrades. The rest you can say is history.

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Team Fuji Auto

2000 Nissan R34 GT-R V-Spec

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Best Lap: 1:58.522

Five-Lap Battle: 10:14.43

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Owner: Kim Johnson

Driver: Eiji “Tarzan” Yamada

Output: 560 hp/480 lb-ft

Engine: XS Engineering Twin GT25/30 Ball-Bearing Turbochargers, custom port and polish, power pack ignition amplifier; Cosworth machined, balanced and blueprinted Nissan N1 spec block; HKS SPL billet camshafts, exhaust manifold head gasket, oil cooler; Veilside downpipe, Ti “teardrop” 90mm exhaust; Tomei Powered adjustable cam sprockets, valve lifters, oil pan, timing belt; A’PEXi valvesprings, super suction intake; Nissan N1 racing valves, N1 oil pump; Mines baffle plates; Jecs Racing N1 fuel pump, mass airflow sensors; Denso 720cc fuel injectors; JUN billet fuel rail, SX performance adjustable fuel regulator; Hyper-ground wiring system, Koyo racing aluminum radiator, ARC oil/fluid catch can; A’PEXi PowerFC tuned by Eric Hsu

Drivetrain: Nismo front LSD, G-max twin-plate, clutch slave cylinder, flywheel; Kaaz two-way rear solid LSD

Suspension: Ohlins Nismo R-tune (reservoir type/ double adjustable) coilovers; Cusco front adjustable negative upper link; Nismo rear adjustable upper A-arms, rear lower arms, motorsport rubber bushing kit, Nagisa Auto (NAMS) front lower control arms, tension rods, Hicas eliminator bars, solid mounts

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Aero: Seibon carbon hood; Mines canards, front shroud; Nismo lip spoiler, door trim; V-Spec carbon rear diffuser; C-West wing

Brakes: Brembo Gran Turismo two-piece rotors with four-piston calipers; Performance Friction pads

Wheels: 18x10.5 Volk Racing CE28

Tires: 275/35-18 Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: I fell in love with the Skyline for the first time while helping A’PEXi out with their Apex V-Max R-33 drag car, which broke the world import record back at the first Battle of the Imports. I knew then that if given the chance, I would own one someday. While touring in Japan many years later, playing golf professionally on tour, I purchased my GT-R and had Motorex bring it over. It was completely stock and a pure virgin. After bashing on it on a daily basis while going to the golf courses, Costco, and street races, it finally developed some rod knock (my fault). I sat down with Eric Hsu, then from XS-Engineering, to figure out my options. We decided to keep it a “true” street car: reliable, daily driven, comfortable, good power for the street, wide powerband, and low-key (for a GT-R). Soon after, the car was campaigned in numerous events including the USCC, American Touge Challenge and Car versus Bike, all the while keeping the real street-ability and low-keyness. This car has never been changed or altered since the rebuild after the rod knock. It truly is a reliable, daily driven, comfortable, good power for the street, wide powerband, and lo-key (for a GT-R) vehicle; and it is everything I thought it would and could be when I first witnessed the A’PEXi V-Max R-33 breaking the world record, many years ago.

Fontana Nissan/ NissanRaceShop.com

2009 Nissan R35 GT-R

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Best Lap: DNF

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Five-Lap Battle: DNF

Owner: Mike Cronin Jr.

Driver: Mike Cronin Jr.

Output: 620 hp/600 lb-ft

Engine: Synapse BOV, intake, intercooler piping kit; Titek race mid-pipe, 90mm Ti exhaust; Cobb Accessport tuned by Jon Drenas of Cobb Tuning SoCal

Drivetrain: stock

Suspension: JRZ three-way adjustable coilovers; Whiteline sway bars

Aero: Aeromotions R2 Static wing; Stillen side skirts, front lip

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Brakes: Fontana Nissan Racing slotted rotors; Endless race brake pads

Wheels: 18x11 (front) 18x12 (rear) CCW

Tires: 295/35-18 Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: The Fontana Nissan R35 GT-R was purchased by our company to primarily showcase the products we sell here in-house at nissanraceshop.com. We’ve managed to campaign the vehicle at numerous track events with great success. Over the years, we have learned that the R35 is one of the best all-around vehicles that offer performance both on and off the track.

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Kontrabrands/Evasive Motorsports

2006 Mitsubishi EVO IX SE

Best Lap: 1:58.891

Five-Lap Battle: DNF

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Owner: Philip Chase

Driver: Michael Chang

Output: 390 hp/329 lb-ft

Engine: AMS 750R V-band turbo kit, intake kit; Cosworth big-bore cylinder head, 272 cams, head gasket/studs; XS Engineering FMIC; M1 Fabrication custom charge pipes; Koyo radiator; Okada Projects Plasma Direct Ignition Coils; Injector Clinic 1,100cc High Z injectors; Tomei Powered fuel rail, fuel pressure regulator, oil pan baffle, oil thermostat; Fujitsubo Super Ti exhaust; HKS V-Pro/ AFK tuned by Kuroyama Tuning

Drivetrain: Carbonetic Carbon LSD, triple plate clutch; T-Assist tuned ACD controller

Suspension: TEIN Super Racing coilovers, dual EDFC; SuperPro polyurethane bushings; Evasive Motorsports track alignment

Aero: Voltex front bumper, widebody kit, Type-3 carbon wing; C-West hood

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Brakes: Performance Friction two-piece front rotors, 01 compound pads; AMS brake cooling kit

Wheels: 18x10.5 Volk RE30 + 18 offset

Tires: 275/35-18 Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: I bought the car new in early ’07 with the intention of adding coilovers, wheels, and a few bolt-ons. A couple of weeks after purchasing the car, the filters in my brain shut off and I built my ultimate street car in a matter of months. The major difference between then and now is the turbo setup, which was making close to 360 whp. A month before the shootout I decided a little more power was needed (plus I wanted more potential) so I installed an AMS 750R V-band turbo kit, HKS V-Pro ECU tuned by Kuroyama Tuning, Injector Clinic 1,100cc injectors, and a new Koyo radiator setup. Things came down to the wire as we finished the car the night before the competition. The new turbo setup was dyno tuned on low boost a week prior but never tested on track until the morning of the shootout. Big thanks to Jon Kuroyama for the perfect engine tune, which makes about 400 whp and more importantly, ultrasmooth throughout the powerband.

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Road Race Engineering/ Robispec

2005 Mitsubishi EVO VIII RS

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Best Lap: DNF

Five-Lap Battle: 2:01.642

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Owner: Ben Denkers

Driver: Matt Dennison

Output: 637hp/588 lb-ft

Engine: Buschur Racing 2.3 rpm Stage 3 short-block, Stage-1 cylinder head, BR spec10.0:1 pistons, FMIC, baffled oil pan pickup, catback exhaust double pumper fuel system, two-piece aluminum driveshaft; BorgWarner EFR 7670; Full-Race twin scroll long tube exhaust manifold, downpipe; RC Engineering 1,600cc injectors; Tial MVR 44mm (dual) wastegates, BOV; Extrude Honed JDM EVO VII; mil-spec throttle body; Manley 100mm Billet steel crankshaft; HKS 280 camshafts; PWR 57mm radiator; Non CDI Sparktech ignition; AEM Series 1 EMS tuned by Road Race Engineering

Drivetrain: Tilton twin cerametallic clutch; Sheptrans custom transmission (EVO VIII First-Fourth gears/EVO IX Fifth); Robispec custom rear differential, M200 gun-drilled axles

Suspension: Robispec tuned KW Group N 3-Way Tarmac Dampers, hard bearing kit, chromoly trailing arms, anti-lift kit, roll center/camber adjuster; Hypercoil springs (90 lb/in, 100 lb/in); ceramic wheel bearings

Aero: C-West front bumper with Voltex canards; Robispec 3D splitter; AIT wide front fenders; APR rear diffuser, mirrors; DHP Composites spoiler

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Brakes: 325mm two-piece rotors (front), factory (rear); Essex CL8/ CL6 pads; Brake Man stainless-steel lines

Wheels: 18x10 Enkei RPF1 18x10 + 38 offset

Tires: 295/35-18 Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: I purchased my ’05 Evolution RS in April of 2011 from Robi of Robispec. This car was destined to become my track car from day one. The first addition was a Buschur Racing 2.0, which was eventually replaced with a Buschur Racing 2.3 RPM after a track day failure. While prepping for the AWD Shootout, we had another motor failure due to an oil pump sizing. Three weeks before the event, I towed the car 2,600 miles to Buschur Racing. With the help of Ben Siu and David Buschur, I had a new motor machined and installed within five days. The week before the event, we shook the car at Streets of Willow only to have our turbo fail. Geoff from Full-Race stepped up and gave us his personal BorgWarner EFR Turbo off his car. At this point, finding an EFR turbo was about as easy as finding a leprechaun. Thanks to Geoff’s generosity, Matt Dennison from Road Race Engineering and I drove all night a day before the event to pick up the turbo from Full-race in Arizona. The Road Race Engineering team worked effortlessly to reassemble the car, once we returned.

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Hsu Racing

1998 Mitsubishi EVO VI GSR

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Best Lap: DNF

Five-Lap Battle: DNF

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Owner: John Hsu

Driver: John Hsu

Output: 640 hp/540 lb-ft

Engine: GSR CNC machined head, cams, short-block; WPC treated; COMP 67mm turbo, EMS Power FMIC, Boost Logic 4-inch exhaust, exhaust manifold; Haltech ECU; Okada Ignition system; E85 conversion; tuned by Sky of Hsu Racing

Drivetrain: Dogbox; Carbonetic front/rear diffs, triple plate carbon clutch

Suspension: Robispec tuned KW coilovers

Brakes: Performance Friction brake kit

Wheels: EVO X MR BBS

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Tires: 265/35-18 Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: Some might call it fate, but a year ago while browsing though random magazines, I came across a ’98 EVO IV GSR in a local AutoTrader. I immediately purchased the car but left it untouched as it remained in a dormant state until a few weeks before the AWD Shootout. With little time to waste, I jumped into action with my crew to begin modifying the car using parts from my EVO IX as a donor vehicle to make the event. Preparations came down to the wire, but we banded together to make the event—just in time to make the first practice session for the AWD Shootout. I managed to drive the EVO at Buttonwillow Raceway the day before the event for a quick shakedown. The car handled well, and we were confident it was fast enough to be competitive.

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Gates 311RS

2009 Mitsubishi EVO X GSR

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Best Lap: 2:00.485

Five-Lap Battle: 10:15.00

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Owner: Ryan Gates

Driver: Ryan Gates

Output: 350 whp/350 lb-ft

Engine: AMS Performance intake, intercooler hard pipe kit, FMIC, downpipe, high flow-cat pipe, exhaust, tuned by AMS Performance

Drivetrain: stock

Suspension: JRZ RS1 coilovers, solid top mounts, Evasive Motorsports track alignment

Aero: JDP front lip; Voltex carbon-fiber rear wing

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Brakes: Girodisc two-piece rotors, 311RS pads, Ti pad heat shields, stainless brake lines

Wheels: 18x10.5 Volk CE28 +18 offset

Tires: 265/35-18 Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: The 311RS is the product of everything we’ve developed, tested, and proven over the past three seasons with the Gates311 EVO X. The car is equipped with AMS bolt-ons producing 350 whp and 350 torque and tuned for maximum enjoyment under any driving condition. Building a car is about balance, so there was more invested into the 311RS than just power alone. We installed a JRZ RS1 suspension to improve handling and upgraded the OEM braking components with a slew of Girodisc components, which provided relentless braking force.

Team Crawford

2004 Subaru STI

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Best Lap: 2:01.721

Five-Lap Battle: 11:55.027

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Owner: Scott Crawford

Driver: Scott Crawford

Output: 450 hp/425 lb-ft

Engine: Crawford 2.8L long-block, CP35R twin scroll turbo kit; Garrett GT37R; E85 fuel system upgrade, turbo-back exhaust, air/oil separator, water tank; K&N intake; Deatschwerks 1,000cc injectors; Motul 300V oil; Ecutek ECU tuned by I-Speed Tuning

Drivetrain: Cusco 1.5-way diff (front/rear); Rocket Rally center diff controller; Motul Gear 300LS transmission/diff oil

Suspension: Tein Super Racing coilovers, EDFC controller; Whiteline sway bars

Aero: C-West front bumper with Voltex canards; Robispec 3D splitter; AIT wide front fenders; APR rear diffuser, mirrors; DHP Composites spoiler

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Brakes: Brembo Gran Tourismo two-piece rotors with four-piston calipers

Wheels: 18x10 Enkei RPF1 18x10 + 38 offset

Tires: 295/35-18 Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: In 2008 my life totally changed when I had an opportunity to testdrive the ’06 500hp STI Crawford Performance race car for the first time. I immediately fell in love with the car and decided to purchase a ’04 STI. Being the perfectionist that I am, I immediately went to the drawing board to make the car even better. In the end it proved to be challenging but was more than up to the task. The first order of business was to place the car on a diet. A carbon hood, doors, roof, and trunk . . . basically anything with weight or OEM was removed or replaced including hoses, bushings, and bolts. With William Knose of Crawford Performance in charge of tuning and a dry carbon diet regiment to the car, we began campaigning the car at multiple track events with much success.

Renner Motorsport

1998 Subaru RS

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Best Lap: DNF

Five-Lap Battle: DNF

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Owner: Ivo Mitkov

Driver: Ivo Mitkov

Output: 500 hp/482 lb-ft

Engine: Garret GTX3076R; Renner Motorsport Custom Rotated Kit with External Turbosmart wastegate, custom 2.5-inch up-pipe/exhaust, custom intake with 3.5-inch MAF housing, 4-Bar MAP sensor, 2.5L motor; Mahle pistons; Cosworth big-bore cylinder heads with oversized +1mm valves, valvesprings/retainers, cams, TGV deletes, rods, bearings, high-volume 12mm oil pump; Tomei Powered equal-length header; Deatschwerks 950cc injectors, DW + 300-lph fuel pump; Aquamist HFS-6 methanol injection kit.

Suspension: Stance coilovers 3-way adjustable (custom race Spec), race camber plates; Whiteline sway bars, anti-lift/bushing kit; Renner Motorsport custom strut tower bars

Aero: Aerosim WRC widebody kit, WRC wing, and carbon roof

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Brakes: AP Racing six-piston (front) calipers with 355mm rotors, two-piston (rear) calipers; Brembo 330mm rotors; Ferodo DS3000 race pads

Wheels: 18x10 ADVAN RS +38mm offset

Tires: 275/35-18 Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: The car was purchased in 2000 with a blown motor and sat in the shop for five years waiting for the right swap. In 2005, we were able to find an ’05 STI donor car from which we swapped everything but the chassis, put on a bigger turbo, and made over 400 whp. In 2008 we decided to update the exterior with a WRC widebody kit from Aerosim Research. Fast-forward a few months prior to the shootout, we refreshed the engine and installed a Renner Motorsport turbo setup which made over 500 whp.

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Snail Performance/Forced Air Technologies

2009 Subaru WRX

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Best Lap: 2:03.836

Five-Lap Battle: DNF

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Owner: Taylor Wilson

Driver: Taylor Wilson

Output: 348 hp / 378 lb-ft

Engine: FAT race motor; Grimm Speed up-pipe; TD06-20G turbo; Turbosmart 45mm Hypergate, Race Port BOV, fuel pressure regulator; Invidia exhaust with catted downpipe; Perrin fuel rails, lightweight crank pulley; Injector Dynamics 2,000cc injectors; Turbo XS FMIC; Killer B Motorsports oil system; Mishimoto radiator; LIC Motorsports adjustable timing idlers; Perrin intake; Samco air inlet; Cusco motor mounts; AFI pitch mount; Setrab oil cooler; Gruppe-S air/oil separator

Drivetrain: Kartboy short shifter; Gruppe-S shifter bushing

Suspension: KW Variant 3 coilovers with optional race springs; Whiteline 24mm sway bars, roll center kit, race ALK, heavy duty endlinks, H-brace, Max-C camber plates; Cusco rear lateral arms, strut bars

Aero: CS custom lip spoiler, custom splitter; BlackTop aero double deck carbon wing

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Brakes: Stoptech ST-40 caliper with 355x32mm two-piece slotted (front) rotor, ST-22 caliper with 45x28mm two piece slotted (rear) rotor, stainless braided lines; Hawk Performance DTC-70 (front) pads, DTC-60 (rear) pads; Grimm Speed MCB

Wheels: 18x10 Wheeldude Rota Grids +30mm offset

Tires: 275/35-18 Continental Extreme Contact DW

Vehicle History: My car was purchased in August of 2009 with every intention of making it a streetable track car. I started simple with an exhaust and tune, followed by all suspension mods. Even for the shootout, I was limited to 350 hp and 370 torque because of last-minute mechanical issues leading to a borrowed turbo. It’s always fun to be the low-horsepower guy that surprises people! Thanks to Forced Air Technologies and my Snail Performance Crew for making it happen.

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Continental Extreme Contact DW

Official Spec Tire of the Import Tuner AWD Shootout

If your goal is to go fast on the track, tires are one of the most important, yet most overlooked aspects of car tuning. The Extreme Contact DW is designed with “chamfered edge” technology for dry performance and a high void-to-tread ratio, which improves water evacuation for outstanding wet handling. The dry road surface technology generates greater acceleration grip, handling, and braking traction in dry conditions using solid outer shoulder and chamfered pattern edges, which enable maximum surface contact for maximum traction. Worried about your tire’s performance? Continental is thinking one step ahead of the competition by implementing treadwear indicators on all tires. The consumer-friendly indicators alert drivers about tire’s performance level in dry and wet conditions. When indicators disappear, tire is no longer tuned for optimum performance in that particular road condition. The Extreme Contact DW is available in a wide range of sizes/series from 16 to 21 inches to fulfill your street/weekend race vehicle’s needs.

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Sources

Continental Tires
www.ContinentalTire.com
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