Supachai Pipatvet is nicknamed "Champ." Why? Because all he does is win! That's why! Champ is a successful business owner, a massive gear head, and a track-day junkie. When those things are combined, awesomeness happens.
Champ has driven a lot of cars in his time, but when he first felt the magic that is known as all-wheel drive, he knew his next project had to be one of the most legendary AWD cars of all time: the Mitsubishi Evo VII.
Champ has owned this Evo for five years and at first it was meant to be strictly a street car weapon. The operative phrase was "at first." — I think we all know what happened from there. Soon, Champ desired more and decided to transform his Evo VII from street car into a time-attack terror/highway runner.
To do that, Champ started in the most logical place: under the hood. The stock, 4G63 engine was yanked out of the bay and split open to install a Tomei 2.2L stroker kit. The kit replaces the stock pistons and connecting rods with forged pieces. The extra 0.2 liters also boosts torque and improves engine response. As an added bonus, the kit also eliminates Mitsubishi's power-robbing "balance shafts" (also known as "silence shafts"). Before bolting the engine back together a set of ACL bearings, GSC Power Division camshafts, and Supertech valves were thrown in for good measure.
With the engine back in its home, Champ began to equip some external engine bits to help manage and generate power. First up, a massive GReddy front-mount intercooler was bolted on to prevent the Evo from inhaling hot air. An HKS wastegate, SARD blow-off-valve, and GReddy Profec electronic boost controller help regulate boost pressure from the massive Garrett GTX3582R turbocharger, which sucks air through a Ramair filter. Keeping the boost-happy engine fed is a set of 1,600cc injectors backed up by a Walboro fuel pump, Aeromotive regulator, and a fuel rail from SARD. Making sure all of those parts work well together is an HKS F-CON V Pro standalone ECU. This engine package helps Champ's Evo make a whopping 703hp without breaking a sweat.
Translating 700-plus horses from a flywheel to four tires all at once is no easy task, so to put the power to the ground, an Exeddy triple-plate clutch and an HKS dogbox transmission mated to an Ikeya Formula sequential shifter work together. A set of 18x8-inch Enkei RS05RR wheels wrapped in Yokohama Advan Neova tires live in the Evo's fender wells. Typically, the Enkei RS05RR's are only found on Subaru's and BMW's, however if you look hard enough and are willing to spend a bit more cash you can find them for other applications, like Mitsubishi Evos for example. Handling the footwork is a set of TEIN coilovers, though Champ declined to mention the exact model and set-up of his system. Considering that this Evo doubles as a competitive time-attack car, his secrecy isn't all that surprising.
Speaking of time attack, a Varis Aero time-attack kit paired with an imposing 1,700mm rear spoiler from Voltex provide massive amounts of downforce when the Evo is turning laps, though Champ admitted he is considering ditching the current aero setup for a widebody kit to push his wheels out for more stability. He declined to mention which widebody kit he was considering, thus again clinging to secrecy.
Inside the car is a mix of the stock creature comforts with serious motorsport-minded enhancements to enable the Evo's double life as a street and track car. An ATC steering wheel is paired nicely with a set of Recaro RSG bucket seats. HPI harnesses, and a roll bar from Cusco keep things safe.
Champ has certainly put together an impressive street/track package. His main stomping grounds may be Bangkok, Thailand, but there is no doubt in my mind his Evo is world class.