MMODEL: Mitsubishi 4G63, fourcylinder, 2000cc BLOCK: Factory HEAD: Factory INTAKE: Custom intake pipe, Blitz pod filter, 600x300mm bar and plate intercooler, three-inch intercooler piping TURBO: Factory BOV: TiAL 50mm FUEL: Walbro 500hp in-tank fuel pump IGNITION: Factory EXHAUST: Stainless steel three-inch catback exhaust, Jasma certified muffler COOLING: Factory ECU: Reflashed factory ECU OTHER: Custom painted rocker covers in House of Kolor Kandy hot pink itsubishi Evolutions have been rolling off the production line for two decades now, proving themselves time and time again in almost every form of motor sport and car culture thanks to their robust design, timeless shape, and vicious acceleration. These traits were what attracted Shinkal Rogers and her partner Danny Hamilton to their Mitsubishi Evo VII, which after an incident with another vehicle, was written off. Thankfully, nobody was hurt, and Shinkal was on the hunt for another Evo to sink her teeth into.
“Not long after the crash, we purchased the written-off Evo back off the insurance company and sold it to a wrecker in Hamilton. Having been a fan of the Evo IX for a very long time, I knew this was the model I wanted to purchase,” Shinkal told us. With a particular Evolution in mind, the hunt for a new project began, and she found what she was seeking down in Christchurch. A bit worse for wear, the Evo IX had been owned by a metal engineering company, and came out of the quakes with a decent amount of cosmetic damage. “It was in a pretty bad way when we first got it, but we kept plenty of the parts from the Evo VII, which came in handy when we purchased the IX. My partner Danny is a car painter by trade, so initially it got resprayed in the factory silver metallic to tidy it up,” Shinkal explained. However, it wouldn’t remain this way for very long.
Before the previous Evo was written off, Shinkal had ordered a new set of wheels to replace the 20-inch items that were on it. As these hadn’t arrived until after the crash, the copper pearl 18by 9.5-inch Koya CR-TEK wheels found their way onto the Evo IX. Although silver is a practical colour, it’s not the greatest option if you want to stand out. Danny and Shinkal had always wanted to paint one of their cars in candy apple red, and after Danny found out that one of Mazda’s newest colours, Mazda Soul, is exactly that and readily available, they decided to take the plunge. What was meant to be a simple respray ended up being a full body restoration that took a painstaking six months, as Shinkal explained. “It was off the road for around six months because we wanted to do it properly. All the doorjambs, inside the boot, and under the bonnet had to be done. To finish the body off, we removed the rear spoiler and installed carbon-fibre eyelids.” New wheels, new paint, and a fresh look wouldn’t be complete without a ride height to match, so Shinkal had a set of Neotech heightadjustable coilovers installed. Wound down, the Evo IX now has a presence that has to be seen in the metal.
For daily driving and even weekend track time, the factory Evo interior is more than capable of handling its occupants, so it was left untouched. The only aftermarket components in the cabin that give a hint to the extra power under the bonnet are the Auto Gauge oil pressure, water temperature, and boost pressure gauges.
Evos, although extremely potent in factory form, respond very well to bolt-ons and the MIVEC 4G63 engine was one of the