Let’s get something out of the way first… This car isn’t the wildest or fastest Evo X around but Eric McWilliams isn’t what you’d expect from a Mitsubishi owner and the parts are far from what your average fan boy has. By the aggressive widebody and clean overall looks of Eric’s car, you’d think he grew up living and breathing imports in a big city like Los Angeles, Chicago or Houston. But after getting to know him, we found out he’s actually a small-town Iowa boy. For the majority of his life, all he knew were words like “V8”, “Mustang” and “Chevy”. However, a new opportunity in Las Vegas changed his life. He picked up a gig as an engineer for one of the most successful casino resorts in the world and was also introduced to a new realm of cars.
Eric’s initial plan was to build a Mustang drag car while scooping up a sporty daily driver. Well, that daily driver happened to be a ’08 Evo and anyone who’s been behind the wheel of an Evo X knows what it’s capable of. Eric fell in love with the all-wheel drive beast and even told us the Evo was faster than his V8 Mustang! Eventually, he sold the ‘Stang and put all his eggs in one basket to build his ultimate street and track car.
The first order of business was getting the car’s performance up to speed. Since he’s been an avid follower of AMS and all their accomplishments, it was an easy decision to outfit the four-cylinder turbo with their bolt-ons. Matched with bigger injectors and fuel pump, a drop-in turbo upgrade and a high-flow manifold, the car became more juiced for the track while still keeping its smooth daily drivability with a quick turbo spool and low-end torque. The final result was 467whp and a flat torque curve peaking at 350 lb-ft.
The next piece of the puzzle was the exterior. To find something different while still keeping the car looking sharp and functional, Eric ordered Varis’ latest widebody kit from Bulletproof Automotive. Debuted at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon, Eric’s kit is one of three in North America and the only one on the West Coast. The new fenders extend each corner 35mm which accommodate the beefy Enkei wheels with 295-series tires.
The last order of business was the color and instead of going with your typical candy or flat paints, he picked something that actually had some meaning to him. The baby blue is based off a BMX bike Eric had when was a kid. He had the body shop match the color using a custom three-stage paint job with pearl.
For now, Eric plans to show his ride with Team Hybrid and also wants to take road racing more serious. So while it may not be the most extravagant project we’ve seen, we gotta give him props for ditching his muscle car roots and building one unique Evo.
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Owner Eric McWilliams
Hometown Las Vegas, NV
Occupation audio engineer
Power 467whp and 350 lb-ft on E85
Engine AMS 3" intake, widemouth downpipe, test pipe, 3" cat-back exhaust, front-mount intercooler, upper and lower intercooler pipes with TiAL quick-release valve; Agency Power exhaust manifold; ARP head studs; 1100cc FIC injectors; FP Red turbo; GSC S2 cams; Mishimoto radiator cap, gauge, hoses, oil catch can, 10" fan and radiator; Supertech dual valve springs and retainers; Walbro 255lph fuel pump
Drivetrain Agency Power short shifter; AMS shifter bushings; Exedy Twin HD clutch
Engine Management Grimmspeed 3-port electronic boost controller; OpenECU
Footwork & Chassis Stance GR+ coilovers
Wheels & Tires 18x10.5" +15 Enkei RPF1 wheels; 295/35R18 BFGoodrich G-Force KDW tires; 25mm Ichiba spacers
Exterior Varis widebody kit and semi-dry carbon-fiber front diffuser, side underboards and air panels; Aeormotions R2 rear wing; Seibon CW-Style hood; Carolina blue with pearl paint
Interior Innovate Motorsports LC-1 DB Series gauge; Glowshift boost gauge; NRG suede steering wheel with quick-release; Works Bell short hub; Status Ring carbon-fiber seats; Takata Racing harneses; AMS shift knob; Sony XAV-601BT head unit
Thanks You Team Hybrid, Founder/President James Lin, LV Chapter Director Archie Concon, Scott Dean, Jesse Ramirez, Hybrid Hunnyz, BFGoodrich, Mishimoto, Meguiar’s, K&N, NRG, Sony, Seibon, Exedy, Bulletproof Automotive, Grafik Impact, Trevor from Trevtec, Pete Makowski and also my mom, dad, brother, family and friends for all their support.