Spot Giann Carlo de Castro's 2011 Mitsubishi Evo pounding the streets of NorCal and you'd have to assume this was a build mapped out and well-planned for years. The truth is, this Evo wasn't even on his radar. His mind, along with his funds, were already tied up elsewhere. Like so many before him, an unexpected turn, combined with a chain of upgrades, eventually turned into an obsession.
Wandering Eyes Land on a New Chassis
Giann's main focus was his Evo VIII—a build that he'd been hard at work on but was put on hold while a new engine setup was being sourced and pieced together. With the car down for over a year, Giann was getting restless, and being an avid Evo enthusiast, he had taken notice of the X chassis, even toying with the idea of picking one up. He adds, "I worked at a dealership in sales and at that time my Evo 8 was at the shop. One day I was checking out our inventory and I found this Evo X." With an insider's deal and thoughts of getting behind the wheel of a new car, Giann gave in to temptation. "I told myself, let me buy this while my 8 is getting built and then I'll sell it afterward." We all know how that goes...
After a short time daily driving the Evo 10, Giann started making changes to it, like any of us would, to pull a little more power from the turbo 2.0L 4B11T. Things sometimes get out of hand and during a few "spirited" pulls on the freeway, one of Giann's friends got a little too loose and nailed his quarter panel, causing significant damage. Rather than bringing it back to stock status, Giann decided it was the ideal time to rework the body.
Homegrown Repairs and Upgrades
The lean body lines of the Evo X are all but begging to be widened, and to that end Giann went with a Varis V1 kit to add some bulk to all four corners, but not before repairing the damaged quarter himself. That's right; rather than leaning on a body shop for the repair, he did the work himself, then took his time fitting the kit properly and making necessary adjustments. And while it looks as if the entire car has been repainted, Giann notes that the factory paint is still intact other than the Varis pieces that were expertly matched by a local paint shop.
A Voltex carbon-fiber wing now towers over the Evo's trunk and plays off of the carbon-clad Craft Square side mirrors, while down below a Varis diffuser caps the bottom of the bumper and wraps around titanium exhaust tips to finish off the rear end.
Factory wheels or even aftermarket wheels intended to fit within the OEM fenders wouldn't cut it with the newfound real estate at each corner, so a square set of 18x10.5-inch, +18 offset Volk CE28 were brought in and wrapped with 295/30 Toyo R888s, which give the car a better appearance and more grip while still keeping un-sprung weight to a minimum.
Minor Mods Make for Respectable Power
Before the panel repair and widened body conversion, Giann's Evo was making a little jam with minimal mods. To ensure the top end would hold up without issue, Supertech valve springs and retainers were installed and serve as the extent of any sort of engine internals. The rest revolves around simple bolt-ons, like an HKS Kansai carbon intake, ETS intercooler, and 4-inch piping that take care of the cold side, and AMS' "widemouth" down pipe to Top Speed titanium exhaust that move the heat. A Walbro 455lph fuel pump and ID1200 injectors might seem like overkill for a setup so simple, but they were incorporated to support Giann's move to E85. With proper tuning, the corn-fed Evo spits out 415hp/398 lb.-ft. of torque with ease.
With an exterior and engine bay treatment using high-end Japanese parts, we'd expect the interior would mirror that feel, and Giann's cabin doesn't disappoint. A pair of Bride Zeta IIIs and an ATC steering wheel are joined by an ARC shift knob to improve the driving experience, while a group of AEM Electronics gauges keep a watchful eye over the mechanicals.
It was never intended to turn into an actual build, but after changes inside and out, Giann's newer Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has become just that. Mild enough for daily driving, yet clean enough to park alongside show cars at a local event, and more than capable of handling its own in toe-to-toe battle, this side-piece sedan has transitioned into something he can be proud of. That's not to say it's completely taken his attention off of the Evo VIII, as that car is still happening—a work in progress, with big plans in store, but until it's complete this Evo X will certainly fill that void.