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2005 Mitsubishi Evolution VIII - Puerto Rican Predator

An Intense Evo Built, Boosted And Begging For More

Evan Griffey
Feb 1, 2008 SHARE
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In 1999, Omar Pollock, Ricardo Alvarado and Rafael Rosado were the webmasters of www.fxtreme.org, the biggest Hyundai enthusiast forum on the Web. The trio from Puerto Rico started with a '99 Hyundai Tiburon that they turbocharged to make over 260 whp, which at the time was spectacular. Ricardo was the ace in the hole. He was the chief mechanic of the famous Sakura tube-frame drag car during the '90s. Many considered Sakura the fastest door-slammer on the planet, it was surely king of the island.

Showing Spock-like logic they moved from Hyundais to Mitsubishis in 2003 and bought a yellow '03 EVO VIII. "The jump to Mitsubishi was an easy call," Rosado says. "The EVO was awesome and working with the platform was like coming home for Ricardo because Sakura was Mitsubishi-powered and he'd tinkered with Eclipses for many years. With this first yellow EVO we were one of the few in Puerto Rico to do 11 seconds with a 2003 on the stock turbo."

At the end of 2004 they got their second project, a red '05 EVO VIII. "At that time we were basically filming car videos in Puerto Rico and the U.S. with our other company Predator Productions," Rosado says. "Back on the island, what would be the shop was taking shape. Ricardo and Omar were working with a few customers they had found but were only doing minor modifications. At the beginning of 2006 Omar and I officially started Predator Performance and became retailers of performance parts and, since the EVO was the hottest thing on wheels in Puerto Rico, we focused on it."

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When it came time to stock up on hard parts, AMS was the first company that came to mind. Predator is now the exclusive distributor of AMS parts on the island and is known as "AMS Crew, Puerto Rico." The yellow EVO has bragging rights as the fastest road-racing EVO in Puerto Rico, holding the lap record at the local track for three years running. The red EVO was built to showcase daily driver style mods. As such, in 2006 they installed an AMS GT30R turbo kit for its streetability.

Predator's Omar Pollock is a certified tuner specializing in ECU re-flashes and A'PEXi PowerFC tuning but for the AEM EMS system in the red EVO the company called upon Javier Monroig of Monroig Tuning. After he worked his magic on the EMS the EVO became the first in Puerto Rico to break into the 10s without nitrous-and this was the car's first trip to the track.

"Speed is addictive," Rosado says, "and we decided to swap our GT30R for a GT35R and look for bigger power numbers and lower e.t. numbers." So much for the docile daily driver approach. As the car came together Chris Black and Eric Gaudi from AMS were in Puerto Rico. "Chris is AMS' tuner and we decided to let him tune the car. "Chris pulled 578 whp out of the 4G63 with a very safe tune and 32-peak psi," Rosado says. "To our amazement, in our first visit to the track with the GT35R, we were able to go deeper in the 10s with a 10.52 pass. With that effort the car became the fastest all-boost EVO in Puerto Rico and we did it in full street trim-nothing was removed from the car."

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AMS has its hand in nine of the engine items in the spec box. The AMS components make a statement. The manifold is clean and ceramic-coated to last. It secures the GT35R but also positions the TiAL Sport wastegate in just the right place. The AMS VSR intake manifold is another underhood eye-catcher that provides good plenum volume and optimal runner length-both key factors in making big power.

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The fuel system has been upgraded with an AMS rail, Precision Turbo 1,150cc/min injectors and a dual pump setup. These mods combined with an HKS Twin DLI and RalliArt plug wires provide the AEM EMS all the tools it needs to generate 144.5 whp per cylinder. The internals have been swapped for forged hardware. Special AMS-spec Ross pistons and beefier con rods from Oliver have lived up to the big-boost challenge. Up top the 4G63 is ready to spin high and hard with Supertech double-spring valvesprings and retainers, HKS 272-degree bumpsticks and AEM adjustable cam gears.

Inside and out the car has everything needed to live long and prosper under full boost. The problematic stock clutch has been swapped in favor of an Exedy HD twin-disc setup. This EVO isn't headed for a life of leisure, as it is beginning a transformation that will include changing the GT35R in favor of a GT37R, dropping some extra weight and tweaking the tune-the brass ring being a 9-second timeslip.

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Rosado is quick to admit his daily driver project has gone a bit astray. He says the car will continue to evolve and will probably become a full-on race car in the future. "At this moment we are dedicated to growing our business and the red car has become our best business card-100 percent of the work on the car has been performed by Omar and Ricardo," he says. "Everyone in Puerto Rico knows the car because it is still a daily driver and everywhere we go it gets some attention. People are taking pictures every time and asking about it and the parts.

Perhaps the transformation from daily driver to dedicated race car is a natural progression. Who are we to fight the EVO's evolution?

2005 Mitsubishi Evolution Viii
578 whp @ 32 Psi

Engine
AMS GT35R Turbo Kit
AMS VSR Intake Manifold
AMS Fuel Rail
AMS Turbo Back Exhaust with Test Pipe
AMS Upper Intercooler Pipe
TIAL Blow-Off Valve
AMS Front-Mount Intercooler
AMS-Spec ROSS Pistons
AMS Spark Plug Cover
AEM Engine Management System
AMS Mini-Battery Kit
PTE 1,150cc/min Fuel Injectors
HKS Twin DLI
RalliArt Spark Plug Wires
ATI Super Damper
Exedy HD Twin Disc Clutch
Full Blown Dual Fuel Pump Setup
Oliver Rods
ARP Main Studs
ARP head Studs
HKS 272 Camshafts
Supertech Dual Valvesprings & Retainers
AEM Adjustable Cam Gears
Cometic Headgasket
APR Radiator Cooling Plate
APR Flex Control Bar

Suspension
Espelir Lowering Springs
AMS Rear Trailing Arm Bushing

Exterior
EVO IX Front Bumper
APR Front Carbon Air Dam
JDM EVO Rear Bumper
EVO MR BBS Wheels
JDM Rear Taillights
Seibon Carbon Hood
VIS Carbon Trunk Lid

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AEM
Hawthorne, CA 90250
800-992-3000
http://www.aempower.com
Exedy Clutch
Belleville, MI 48111
800-346-6091
http://www.exedyusa.com
TiAL Sport
Owasso, MI 48867
989-729-9973
http://www.tialsport.com
HKS USA
Los Angeles, CA 90061
310-491-3300
http://www.hksusa.com
AMS Performance
West Chicago, IL 60185
847-709-0530
http://www.amsperformance.com
Precision Turbo & Engine
Hebron, IN 46341
219-996-7832
www.precisionturbo.net
Seibon
626-968-2010
www.seiboncarbon.com
Supertech
San Jose, CA 95136
408-448-2001
http://www.supertechperformance.com
APR Performance
Walnut, CA 91789
909-594-3796
http://www.aprperformance.com
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