POWER: 270kW at the wheels on 22psi of boost with pump gas CIRCUIT TIMES: Manfield — 1.15 after inspection was determined to have travelled no more than 50 kilometres. “After the turbo set-up was installed, the rest of the plumbing was fabricated by me, the 264-degree camshafts were bolted in, and I had a Link G4 Storm ECU installed. Soon after, my mate got it running so I could run in the cams before the initial tune,” Damian told us. After that initial dyno tune by Keith Stewart, it produced 220kW (295hp) at the wheels on low boost, and was now ready for the engine to be run in. Several Manfeild track days later, the VR-4 was trailered down for the final tune, and Damian told us, “Keith stopped at 270kW at the wheels, which is plenty of power for hill-climb racing. I wanted heaps of lowdown torque, which it now has.”
With the engine well and truly sorted, it was time for Damian to figure out how to get this power down and make use of the all-wheel drive, but he knew the VR-4 was too heavy to be competitive. He began by cutting the frontend sheet metal off and building the tube framing and roll cage, deleting the unnecessary four-wheel-steering components, bushes and mounts, and grafting in and solid-mounting Mitsubishi Lancer components, which are far lighter. The biggest weight loss came from installing the Lexan windows and screens, and now this once 1400kgplus heavyweight weighs a measly 1080kg — lighter than the GSRs of the ’90s.
To get the new-found power to the ground, an Evo III gearbox was sourced to replace the long-legged VR-4 unit. “I installed an Evo III gearbox, which has an LSD front diff,