GAME OVER

WHEN BUILD­ING A WHEN TOUGH EVO FOR THE TOUGH STREET, FEW DELVE STREET, THE DEPTHS OF THE IN­SAN­ITY THAT IN­SAN­ITY PETER KEAR­NEY PETER EX­CA­VATED EX­CA­VATED WITH HIS 527 WITH KILO­WATT EVO VII VII KILO­WATT

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A PRE­MA­TURE EN­GINE FAIL­URE AT THE HANDS OF SOME­ONE ELSE DIDN’T DE­TER PETER KEAR­NEY, WHO DE­CIDED TO GO ALL OUT. THE RE­SULT IS A NEARSLEEPER–LOOK­ING EVO THAT IS PACK­ING SOME SE­RI­OUS POWER IN THE FORM OF A FULLY BUILT 527KW 4G63

here are few emo­tions we car guys feel more strongly than those flood­ing our brain when we find that next per­fect pro­ject. Scour­ing Trade Me’s deep­est, dark­est ori­fices on the hunt for the right ve­hi­cle can be daunting and re­sult in mixed feel­ings, and it was a com­bi­na­tion of re­lief and ex­cite­ment that Peter Kear­ney felt when he fi­nally found the Evo he was long­ing for.

Af­ter mod­i­fy­ing an early model Subaru WRX and then a Toy­ota Supra, Peter knew for cer­tain that the late-model Evo­lu­tion plat­form was where his loy­al­ties would soon lie. He’d seen them dom­i­nate lo­cal streets for years and wit­nessed first-hand the power and po­ten­tial they pos­sessed.

His search took him as far north as Fast 4s and Tur­bos, based just down the road from NZPC Tow­ers in Auck­land. Plane tick­ets were booked, the lads were ral­lied, and Peter’s new 2001 Mit­subishi Evo VII was ac­quired af­ter a few notes were handed over. Thank­fully for him, this was no fac­tory ex­am­ple, but, rather, a 298kW (400hp) forged-bot­tom-end streeter with more po­ten­tial than he orig­i­nally re­al­ized. The usu­ally te­dious drive back south ce­mented his bond with the car, along with a few plans.

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