PER­FOR­MANCE

NZ Performance Car - - 1998 Mitsubishi Galant Vr-4 (e38a) -

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,

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