It's that time of year again, where all the motorsports series have gotten underway and we get to feast our eyes on the newest, latest and greatest race machines that have been painstakingly built over the winter season. It's also time for many of us to debut our projects and see what our fellow friends and enthusiasts have been up to during the off-season
The Evolution X gracing our cover this month is one of those cars that has gone through quite a bit of a transformation during the off-months from a stock car with bolt-ons to a more hard-core track machine that's quite possibly the baddest time attack EVO X in the country right now. Its owner, Ryan Gates, has committed himself to building his X the right way with not just power in mind. Alongside the wicked suspension setup, Gates has dropped the weight of his EVO from a whopping 3,500 lbs to around 2,750 lbs. That's more than 700 lbs gone from the EVO X. It wasn't easy either, but using some of Seibon's latest carbon-fiber parts and crafty tricks-like removing a lot of the creature comforts that one needs for daily driving-has lightened this EVO tremendously. The net result is a track car that will not only be more reliable but it won't be as hard on parts either. For example, the EVO will have less weight to stop and fling around in corners, therefore reducing brake pad and tire wear. The engine won't have to propel 3,500 lbs, in turn reducing the load on the entire drivetrain. Not only that, but all of a sudden, 450 whp in a 2,700-lb EVO is going to be like having 550 whp in a 3,500-lb EVO. You really can't go wrong shedding weight from your car.
Next time you're thinking about adding more power, ask yourself if there are ways you can reduce its mass. Doing so may net the same acceleration gains but also benefit it in other performance departments. Even the OEMs have taken notice and are now starting to develop lighter vehicles. Granted, most are more for environmental reasons (think better gas mileage), but many of the top supercars have dropped weight in the past years. Even Nissan reduced the weight of the new 370Z despite adding more horsepower. It shed 95 lbs over its 350Z predecessor. I believe we'll be seeing much more of this trend as gas prices and emission standards continue to rise. This is a bandwagon worth jumping on.
Our New Website Is Live!
Speaking of changes, I'm proud to announce that after a very long time coming, the Modified.com website has been revamped and updated. Although it's not exactly what I envisioned, the new site will provide a plethora of resources including all the magazine's articles being available online. This means that you'll be able to find tech stories and photos, feature cars, new car test drives, desktop wallpapers and even random blog ramblings on the site. We've also consolidated all the older Sport Compact Car content into the site since it would have been a real shame to let it disappear into oblivion. Be sure to check it out several times a month for new content, including videos of the editorial staff tearing up asphalt or wrenching on project cars.