Evo­lu­tion VIII

NZ Performance Car - - Weekend Warrior - PHO­TOS: ADAM CROY

NZPC: Hi, Rizwan. Why did you choose the Evo VIII, and had you owned an Evo­lu­tion prior to this?

Rizwan: Hey, guys. I had never owned an Evo be­fore but al­ways had an in­ter­est in get­ting my hands on one. This popped up for sale as a New Zealand–new car, and some­thing about the bright yel­low paint­work made it ir­re­sistible to buy.

Is it a dif­fer­ent beast to tackle from the other cars you have owned?

Yeah, it was a bit of a leap from what I had driven be­fore. I traded my S2000 for this, in the end; the changeover from a rear-wheel-drive nat­u­rally as­pi­rated Honda to an all-wheel-drive turbo was pretty dif­fer­ent.

It’s quite heav­ily mod­i­fied — was there a car or per­son that you drew ideas from?

All my friends are into build­ing up their cars and go­ing drag rac­ing, and, with the help of Autech Evo­lu­tion, there wasn’t re­ally any limit to mod­i­fy­ing the car. That’s how the stro­ker kit came about, not to men­tion all the other race-spe­cific in­ter­nal parts. An evening of shisha is more than enough to make a few ex­tra kilo­watts.

You’ve set an im­pres­sive quar­ter-mile time —

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