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