Never let it be said that Super Street is averse to a good pitch. For years, we've been very fortunate to have Motovicity Distribution as supporters of what we do, and not long ago they ran this up the flagpole: what if we modified a street car to run both a top-speed half mile and a Time-Attack? Maybe do it in phases to illustrate how something like this can escalate, and of course the clincher was Motovicity being able to both accommodate our parts wish list AND provide opportunities to flex those parts.
It was our job to find the car and get it built, which turned out to be not as easy as you might think, in particular sourcing a platform. After the staff initially clashed repeatedly over which drive layout to go with (AWD! RWD! And then Rodrez with his FWD—pffft, whatever), we finally opted for four-corner power, but then the classic battle between WRX and Evo reared its ugly head in the office. The local used-car market ultimately led us down the path of the Mitsubishi product, but even then it was very slim pickings here in Southern Cali. Making matters a smidge more stressful was the looming deadline—our first test for this project would be Motovicity's Never Lift half-mile competition in April.
With the calendar against us, we finally found ourselves a worthy candidate, an electric blue Lancer Evolution VIII, and proceeded to take it to project builder Gary Castillo over at Design Craft Fabrication. Gary has helped us on projects before, and his shop is renowned for working with Formula DRIFT programs for champ Daigo Saito, Robbie Nishida, and others (here's something you also may not know about Gary—he used to be an editor for Import Tuner magazine). We tasked Gary with doing most of the heavy lifting on this program, and with time limited to start we decided to opt for a bevy of simple-ish bolt-on upgrades in anticipation of this car's top-speed debut, all of which came from Motovicity.
Starting under the hood, keeping the engine and its systems cool was a major priority of this first wave of mods, considering the work they faced. A Mishimoto aluminum radiator was installed, as was one of their aluminum fan shrouds, a set of silicone hoses, and thermostat, while the oiling system was set up with a Mishimoto aluminum oil cooler and Royal Purple filter and 10W-30. A Mishimoto front-mount aluminum intercooler was installed to upgrade charge cooling efficiency, while a Vibrant MAF-sensor adapter and air filter and GReddy Performance RS-RACE exhaust help the Evo's 2L 4G63 breathe easier.
With track duty on the horizon, Sparco QRT-Carbon competition seats and harnesses addressed cabin safety, and we also sourced one of its Champion steering wheels, held in place with an NRG Innovations short hub adapter. Outside we outfitted the car in 18x9.5-inch Konig Ampliform wheels in Dark Metallic Graphite shod in appropriately aggressive Toyo R1R 255/35R18 summer tires, providing us the grip we'd need for the airstrip.
On the big day, we got the ol' girl up to nearly 120mph in the 2,640 feet they gave us at Never Lift, set at the Coalinga Municipal Airport in central California. We had a blast at the event, and the Evo pulled like a champ in spite of the limited mods, but obviously this story arc is nowhere near over yet, not by a longshot. Next for the Evo 8, we tackle suspension, boost, drivetrain, brakes, and other areas, with the plan at this point to enter the car in the 2019 running of the Speed Ring, a Motovicity-presented Time-Attack at M1 Concourse in Michigan September 20th through the 22nd. We have our work cut out for us.