There’s no question the owner of this ’03 Mitsubishi Evo is the boss. With all the realest parts imported from Japan to Puerto Rico, plus a 650whp bulletproof motor, it doesn’t surprise us he wants to remain anonymous. To honor his request, we’ve kept his identity hidden; however, to get the photos of this monster we talked to Speed Technology PR, the shop responsible for the monster.
“There are a lot of big-powered Evos here, but they are only go, and no looks,” started Alejandro Santiago, president of Speed Technology. “My customer brought the car and told us that he wants the best Evo 8 in Puerto Rico. We were inspired by Sun Auto’s Cyber Evo but there were some requirements to meet for this build. We needed to cover all the bases: exterior, interior and performance. It needed that race car feeling, but still be completely streetable.”
With racks on racks of money to spend on the project, this Evo was destined for glory. So to begin, the bone-stock 4G63 motor was entrusted to JO Alignment & Performance, a well-known company that’s produced some powerhouse motors in Puerto Rico, including a 1000whp Evo dragster.
The goal was 600+whp—completely possible out of the two-liter inline-four but the stock internals weren’t going to cut it. So JO overhauled the bottom-end with Ross pistons and billet connecting rods while the ported head was fitted with oversized valves, new springs, retainers, Kelford 272° cams and HKS cam gears.
Boost additions followed with a Full-Race twin-scroll header and an HTA 3582 turbo. “We wanted the fastest spool up turbo that made big and reliable power. That’s why we chose the twin-scroll setup,” Alejandro explained.
Next, a custom fuel system was designed with dual pumps and new plumbing. Then every bolt-on part imaginable was added including a front-mount intercooler, Magnus intake manifold, Skunk2 throttle body, twin wastegates and a custom exhaust. Some mandatory improvements to the cooling system and drivetrain ensured this Evo could survive any abuse the owner would put it through.
Once all the engine hardware was reinstalled back in the bay, the Evo was delivered to Gadiel Tuning where the AEM EMS was configured. “Tuning is very difficult, since the customer likes to hit the car hard every time he uses it,” Alejandro told us. “A conservative tune was performed, meaning we could extract more power if we wanted to but we didn’t want to impress the customer with numbers. We wanted to give the owner a long-life engine.”
After hundreds of dyno pulls and constant tweaking to the ECU, the result was 650whp at 35psi of boost on C16 fuel. “Believe it or not, the car is always running race fuel,” Alejandro laughed. “This was our customer’s request!” Crazy Puerto Ricans...
With a motor that’s probably worth more than our salary at Super Street, the project was still far from over. “We special ordered a Voltex street aero kit from Japan, but we needed to wait four months for it to be built and shipped,” he continued.
No time to waste, a catalog of JDM parts were ready to be installed off Speed Technology’s shelf. Sexy Volk CE28N in 18x9.5" were fitted with race-ready Yokohama A048 tires all-around. To stop the monster from high speeds, Project Mu goodies were mounted up front with 355mm rotors and four-piston calipers. Suspension was also a no-brainer thanks to A’PEXi coilovers. A Cusco seven-point rollcage, rear sway bar and an A Spec titanium strut bar stiffened the chassis even more. But an expensive chassis is shit without proper care. So the Evo went back to JO for corner weight balancing, alignment and suspension tune to find the best compromise between street and race.
Still waiting on the Voltex body kit to touch down, Speed Technology tore into the interior. A pair of Bride Stradia seats with the backs painted gold would support the owner and his passenger. Takata harnesses and pads were thrown in along with a Vertex steering wheel. The interior also featured some electronics to keep the owner aware of the engine vitals with Defi gauges and a Zeitronix wideband.
Shortly after, the long-awaited Voltex parts arrived at the port and it was time for paint and final installation.
Although we’re jealous of the owner’s pocketbook, we’re impressed on what the owner has accomplished. He’s funded this Evo using all high quality parts with the support of Puerto Rico’s most reputable shops. And although it hasn’t seen any official track time yet, it has the right ingredients to become the island’s best Evo 8.
2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Owner Speed Technology PR
Hometown Caguas, Puerto Rico
Occupation aftermarket parts importer and tuner
Engine 2.0-liter 4G63 with Ross pistons; R&R Racing billet rods; ported head by Ultimate Racing; Kelford 272° cams; Ferrea 1mm oversized race valves, valve springs, retainers; HKS cam gears and timing belt; Zaklee clear timing belt cover; AMS oil cooler upgrade; Magnus intake manifold; Skunk2 Black Series throttle body, composite fuel rail; Ultimate Racing 1200cc injectors; fuel system by STPR with twin Bosch pumps, Fuel Lab filter, FPR, Russell black nylon hoses, -AN fittings; STPR catch can; Buschur Race intercooler, piping modified to fit and painted wrinkle black; TiAL blow-off valve, twin 38mm MVS wastegates; Full-Race twin scroll header with downpipe; HTA 35/82 turbo; wastegate dump pipes by JO Alignment/Performance; DEI titanium turbo cover; stainless exhaust with A’PEXi N1 94mm muffler; intake with HKS filter; CBRD slim radiator with offset water hose inlet, billet rad supports; FAL slim fan; RalliArt thermostat; Samco lower rad hose; HKS radiator cap; ARC oil cap; DressUpBolts titanium bolt kit; Spark Tech coil-on-plug with CDI Pro ignition system; AMS battery relocation kit; Odyssey 680 battery; Chase Bays ground kit; gold foil wrapped firewall; reorganized engine harness
Drivetrain five-speed manual with Tilton carbon twin-disc clutch Kit, revised gear ratios by J.O. Alignment/Performance; Quaife LSD; Driveshaftshop rear axles
Engine Management AEM EMS tuned by Gadiel Tuning
Footwork & Chassis A’PEXi EXV coilovers; A-Spec titanium strut bar; Cusco rear adjustable sway bar
Brakes 355mm Project Mu front big brake kit with four-piston calipers, Club Racer rear rotors, pads, lines and fluid
Wheels & Tires 18x9.5" +28 Volk CE28N Genesis wheels; 25mm front Kics Wide Thread spacers, R40 Neo Chrome lug nuts; 265/35R18 Yokohama Advan A048 tires
Exterior Voltex front bumper, fenders, side skirts, carbon rear diffuser, 1500mm Type 5 carbon rear spoiler, oil cooler duct; JDM Evo 9 rear bumper
Interior Vertex steering wheel; Works Bell Rapfix II Team Orange Edition quick-release, short hub; ARC titanium shift knob; RalliArt pedal set; Cusco seven-point rollcage; Bride Stradia seats with backs painted Maziora gold; Takata Racing harness and pads; Defi boost, oil pressure and oil temp gauges; Zeitronix Wideband Thanks You Alan and JD at STPR, Jorge at JO Alignment & Performance, Gadiel at Gadiel Tuning, Steve and Eddie at Mackin, Alex at Exclusive Detailing, Sporty Dyno, Jorgito at Sanchez Body Shop, Alfredo, Pepito, Rafa, all family and everybody who helped us!
www speedtechnologypr.com; joalignment.com; rays-msc.com; tuned-life.com