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
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.