Week­end­war­rior

Owner: Char­lie Lam Lo­ca­tion: Auck­land Oc­cu­pa­tion: Bro­ker sup­port at Crom­bie Lock­wood

NZ Performance Car - - Weekend Warrior -

NZPC: Hey Char­lie, well done on build­ing such a toughlook­ing week­end war­rior. What was your in­spi­ra­tion for start­ing the build?

Char­lie: Hey guys, thank you. I never ex­pected to build this car when I first bought it, how­ever, af­ter see­ing many mod­i­fied timeat­tack Evos in var­i­ous time-attack chal­lenges, I gath­ered what I liked from both the su­per-low Evos in Ja­pan and the time attack ones in Syd­ney to cre­ate some­thing unique.

NZPC: Why an Evo over some­thing rear- or front-wheel drive?

Char­lie: I’ve owned my fair share of rear- and front-wheel-drive cars in the past, but never found them as ex­cit­ing as Evos due to how hard the Mit­sis pull and their in­stant torque. I wanted some­thing dif­fer­ent from the regular, some­thing that could stand out in terms of per­for­mance as well as shows. I haven’t seen any with sun­roofs ei­ther, I think they han­dle bril­liantly, be­ing all-wheel drive, and it def­i­nitely feels much stur­dier.

NZPC: Did you have a vi­sion of where you wanted the Evo to end up, or did you build it as parts be­came avail­able over time?

Char­lie: Af­ter com­plet­ing my first track day, I made a com­plete list of what I wanted to do to it, and the list has been steadily grow­ing. Mean­while I con­tin­ued to at­tend track days and drags to see what else could be im­proved on the car. I wanted to keep the Evo with a stock en­gine, and show what a stock en­gine could do with­out any big mod­i­fi­ca­tions done to it.

NZPC: Take us through the en­gine set-up you’re run­ning, and is there more to come in terms of power?

Char­lie: Cur­rently it’s run­ning a stock 4G63 with 1000cc in­jec­tors and a re­built TD05 to push it that lit­tle bit more. It’s only mak­ing 270kW at present, which is far from where I would like it. In terms of what I have planned, I would ide­ally like to push it past 350kW, but what’s in­volved with that will have to be a se­cret for now.

NZPC: How is the Evo best en­joyed?

Char­lie: With a nice chicken burger (she laughs), just kid­ding — the easy an­swer would def­i­nitely be on the track. There isn’t a day that goes by that I wouldn’t rather be out at Hamp­ton Downs Race­way, but I do en­joy my Sun­day drives to Oporto.

NZPC: Thank you so much for tak­ing the time to talk to us, we wish you all the best with your build, and in the hunt for more per­for­mance.

MAKE/MODEL: 1998 MIT­SUBISHI EVO V EN­GINE: MIT­SUBISHI 4G63, 1000CC IN­JEC­TORS, RE­BUILT TD05 TURBO WITH TD06 CORE, HKS CAM GEARS, HKS TIM­ING BELT, HKS SSQV BLOW-OFF VALVE, HKS TURBO DOWN­PIPE, HKS SI­LENT HI-POWER EX­HAUST SYS­TEM, LINK G4 ECU, OIL CATCH CAN, WALBRO FUEL PUMP, TUR­BOSMART

IN­TER­NAL WASTE­GATE AC­TU­A­TOR, FRONT-MOUNTED IN­TER­COOLER

DRIV­E­TRAIN: EXEDY SPORTS CLUTCH, EXEDY LIGHT­WEIGHT FLY­WHEEL IN­TE­RIOR: GEN­UINE BRIDE ZETA III FRP DRIVER SEAT, TAKATA HAR­NESS, MOMO NERO

STEER­ING WHEEL, DKM FAB­RI­CA­TION HALF CAGE, TUR­BOSMART BOOST GAUGE

EX­TE­RIOR: VARIS CAR­BON BOOT, CAR­BON GT WING SUS­PEN­SION: CUSCO FRONT AND REAR STRUT BRACE, HSD COILOVERS, HARDRACE REAR

AD­JUSTABLE ARMS AND REAR TOE ARMS

WHEELS/TYRES: 17X9-INCH WORK CR KAI, 235/40R17 NITTO NT05

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