flex-fuel sensor. Four 1850cc FIC injectors flow enough of the good stuff to churn out 443kW (594hp) at the wheels on 30psi of boost with E85 and 360kW (482hp) on 98 octane, tuned at E&H Motors.
Is it an Evo VII, VIII, or is it a IX? We know that’s what you’re wondering, and yes it is an Evo VII, but the body has had extensive modifications to keep you guessing. Shoneel decided to take different sections from later model CT9A Evos to produce what he thinks is the perfect looking combination. The rear bumper and tail lights are from an Evo IX and the headlights, boot and carbon fibre spoiler are from an Evo VIII MR. To aid in the already aggressive Evo appearance, a C-West front bumper has been installed along with Voltex-style wide front guards, Voltex-style carbon fibre vented bonnet, and a carbon fibre vortex generator. To finish the body off, Shoneel had the Evo resprayed in the factory rally red hue. In terms of wheels, 18x9.5-inch Rota Grids wrapped in stretched Falken FK452 tyres have been bolted to the factory Brembos and fill the wide guards perfectly. “I will need to switch to semi slicks soon as it wheel spins all four with the new power figure, and I haven’t even been harsh with it,” Shoneel muses.
Out-of-the-box handling is fantastic in the CT9A Evos, but combined with a quality set of coilovers such as the BCs Shoneel runs, it improves considerably. Once the Evo has seen the track, Shoneel will have a much better idea about what areas will need attention next, but already he can tell us: wider guards, camber arms and slicks will be his next move, along with more power. It’s clear this build is far from finished as Shoneel explains, “I’m looking forward to hitting my new 500kW goal this year. Make no mistake though, the aim is to reach that level with a car that is daily driven, has good response and reliability. I do think the factory five-speed gearbox will find its limit soon.”
18x9.5-inch Rota Grids 225/40R18 Falken FK452
One of the biggest around, the BorgWarner EFR 8374 has been seen on several successful time attack Evos in Australia including the Sierra Sierra Evo. Shoneel plans to wind the wick up to around 40psi, which on E85 should net the 2300cc 4G63 around 500kW (670hp) at the wheels