We’ve seen a few cracked intercoolers or blown chargepipes at the Shootout over the past five years, but this year we saw our first on-dyno engine failure. Ryan Gates and his famous Gates311 EVO X made the long haul down from Minnesota to participate in this year’s Shootout, and, sadly, we never got a chance to see it rip down the dragstrip, dodge a few pylons or chase the lap record around Firebird’s Main Course.
During the dyno competition, it became immediately obvious that something wasn’t right inside the Gates311 4B11T engine. “I was so pumped for the Tuner Shootout, not only because I was honored to be invited, but also because I effectively had a completely rebuilt car. 2010 was a mess for me — I went from winning all of 2009, to not even finishing an event in 2010.
“Over the winter, my friends and I worked on the car in our garage back home in Minnesota. Pretty much everything down to the paint was restored or replaced.
“The week before the Shootout I planned a test session at the Texas Mile. I couldn’t think of a better spot to break-in and test the new AMS 2.2-liter Race engine we installed. Testing went great — we set a new EVO X world record for standing mile at 180.0 mph [gear limited], and the car performed flawlessly. Unfortunately, something must’ve been hurt during those standing-mile runs, since the car was acting up as soon as we put it on the dyno at UMS. Immediately down on power — only 670 whp [laughs] — but the next run dropped over 100 whp with oil pressure measuring scary low. I called it after that, since there was no point in pushing a hurt engine.”
Ryan’s early retirement from the Shootout was a major disappointment, since his EVO would’ve been a serious contender for the overall victory. With any luck, we’ll see this privateer and his Gates311 EVO at the Shootout again next year, and we’ll do our best to talk him out of any Texas Mile madness the week before.
'08 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Engine 2.0-liter 4B11T inline-4
Engine Modifications AMS 2.2-liter Race engine; CAI w/ K&N filter; FMIC piping w/ TiAL BOV; Ti exhaust; fuel surge tank kit w/ twin Walbro fuel pumps; cast manifold; 900X turbo kit & ECU tuning; K&N oil filter; CBRD radiator
Drivetrain AMS solid rear diff bushings, lightweight front crossmember & poly engine mounts; Carbonetic Triple Carbon clutch; Cusco 1.5-way rear LSD; KAPS dog box transmission
Suspension JRZ Race dampers & camber plates; AMS bumpsteer kit & adjustable rear toe links w/ eccentric delete; Whiteline 27mm sway bar (r); Cusco strut braces (f/r)
Wheels, Tires & Brakes 18x10.5" Volk CE28N & TE37 wheels; 275/35R18 Continental Grand-Am spec tires; Darkside Ti lug nuts; Girodisc 2-piece rotors (f/r); AMS braided brake lines; Raybestos ST43 brake pads
Interior AMS 6-point roll bar & Delrin shift knob; Recaro Pro Racer HANS SPG seat; Takata harnesses; AEM & STRI gauges
Exterior JDM RS grilles, AMS carbon-Kevlar roof, carbon headlights & 3D front splitter; Voltex front lip; Aeromotions Active R2 wing; Seibon dry-carbon hood & trunk & carbon doors; Andy Blackmore livery
Sponsors Mitsubishi Motors; etnies; Nitto Tire; JRZ Suspension; K&N Engineering; AMS Performance; Girodisc; RAYS Wheels; Evasive Motorsports; Carbonetic; Aeromotions; Film Matters; Cinesthetics