This is the third year in a row that UMS Tuning has competed in the Tuner Shootout with its meticulously prepared Mitsubishi EVO VIII, and every year shop owner and ECU tuner extraordinaire Tony Szirka impresses us with his ability to squeeze a little more performance out of himself and his EVO. Of course, having an ace team around him including team leader Richard Yan, tech support by Tabor, and right-hand-man Jeremy Ward does help explain the continued evolution of this seriously quick EVO.
As tradition now dictates, UMS once again played host during the dyno competition, where Tony and the UMS crew’s hustle and enthusiasm always make this one of the most enjoyable days of the year for us (yup, breathing uncatalyzed exhaust fumes while watching some of the most powerful tuner cars in the country rip it to redline is our idea of a good time). We were equally impressed to see Tony squeeze an extra 40 whp and 50 wtq out of the 4G64 under his EVO’s hood compared to his ’10 Shootout numbers.
Although Tony and his EVO struggled a bit around the autocross course (another UMS tradition? Zing!), he broke into the 10-second bracket during the drag event for the first time, which put UMS in a great position overall heading into the time attack. Conditions and differentials have conspired against the UMS EVO during the time attack in years past, but this year Tony and his EVO brought it home strong, posting a very impressive 1:04.431 (a personal best around Firebird Main), third quickest for the event and locking this rising Mitsubishi star into third place overall. If the trend continues, expect to see UMS fighting for the overall win in 2012.
'05 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8.5
Engine 2.0-liter 4G63T inline-4
Engine Modifications UMS-assembled 4G64 2.1-liter super-long rod block; GRP 162mm aluminum rods; Wiseco 10:1 87mm pistons; ARP head & main bolts; UMS balance shaft eliminator kit; modified OEM intake manifold & TB; twin 255-lph fuel pump setup; custom Spearco core intercooler; AFI motor mounts & billet fuel rail; Mivec ported head; Ferrea +1mm valves; Forced Performance beehive valvespings; Tomei 290 camshafts; Full-Race twin-scroll T4 header; TurboSmart 45mm wastegates; JT Fab 4" SS exhaust & custom dump tubes; Injector Dynamic 2,000cc injectors; AEM EMS Series 2, tuned by UMS Tuning
Drivetrain Carbonetics twin-disc carbon/carbon clutch; Quaife LSD (f)
Suspension KSport GT Pro coilovers; Hotchkis sway bar (r); Whiteline front roll center correction ball joints & steering rack & sway bar bushings; Perrin anti-lift kit; Energy Suspension urethane bushing master kit
Wheels, Tires & Brakes 18x10" NT03+M wheels; Continental 275/35R18 Grand-Am spec race tires; Baer 6-piston BBK (f); Carbotech XP12 pads
Interior Fat Head rollcage; Buddy Club P1 seats; RCi 6-point safety harness; Sparco steering wheel
Exterior AIT Racing widebody; Voltex rear diffuser; Buddy Club wing w/ UMS custom uprights; custom Flat Silver paint by DDS; UMS sunroof delete
Sponsors AFI Turbo; Fast Forward; Full-Race; Fat Head Fabrication; Buddy Club; GReddy; AEM; DDS; Carbonetics; TurboSmart; JT Fabrication; Injector Dynamics; Spearco; Mishimoto; Whiteline; Rota; Enkei; AIT Racing; Ts custom