NZ Performance Car - - Mitsubishi Ix 2005 Evo -

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

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