FUlL PO­TeN­TiAL

Pasmag (USA) - - BOOSTED & SWAPPED -

The car’s setup was tweaked, tuned and over­hauled sev­eral times be­fore ar­riv­ing at the cus­tom-tai­lored fi­nal prod­uct we see be­fore us. In ad­di­tion to a com­bi­na­tion of ChargeSpeed, Varis and MS­port parts mak­ing up the body kit, the Evo needed the power and han­dling en­hance­ments to match the ag­gres­sive looks, and with the 4B11T power plant, forced in­duc­tion is usu­ally the an­swer. A cus­tom 3.5-inch in­take from Moore Au­to­mo­tive di­rects op­ti­mal air through to a Gar­rett GTX3076r tur­bocharger, and bel­low­ing out of a cus­tom straight pipe ex­haust by Zury Fab­ri­ca­tions. Cus­tom, rare and func­tional parts were the name of the game with this build, even down to the sus­pen­sion, a cus­tom 500 Se­ries setup from For­tune Auto.

A set of su­per sticky Toyo Proxes T1-Sports wrapped around SSR SP3 wheels keep the car planted in the cor­ners on the street, while track setup changes over to a wider set of Toyo’s R888s and SSR GTV02 wheels. A White­line sway bar and ARC front strut bar com­bi­na­tion is paired to Cusco braces to main­tain rigid­ity, and the OEM Brembo brake pads and ro­tors grip two­piece slot­ted Girodisc ro­tors on all fours to help bring this unit to a quick stop.

One look at the car is all you need to know that this ride is one of a kind, just like its owner. Mark built his Evo not only as a track weapon, but as an ex­ten­sion of his own per­sonal style. Think­ing back to the be­gin­ning of his build, Mark of­fers some solid ad­vice for as­pir­ing builders.

“Don’t let so­cial me­dia tell you how to build your car. Build it for your­self and don’t be shy to show your cre­ative side. Make your car per­sonal. Don’t be afraid to push your car to its lim­its. Try go­ing to the track some­time. Stay hum­ble and be open-minded - ev­ery­one has dif­fer­ent tastes.”

Concluding our con­ver­sa­tion, Mark ex­tends a hand­ful of thanks to the peo­ple who helped him get where he is: A lov­ing shout out to Der­rick, Paco, By­ron, Sean at APAC, Chris Hoover and Bill at Moore Au­to­mo­tive, Brian at Zury Fab­ri­ca­tions, Mark En­riquez, Thomas Mil­lion and Tim Var­na­sup at SOTRENDY, Terry at For­tune Auto, Jere­mey Cor­nitcher, Kevin Choi, Khris Uy­beng­kee, Justin Mel­ton and his CCEVO fam­ily.

The story of Mark and his Evo is one that will res­onate with en­thu­si­asts far and wide – a true tale of the jour­ney from form to function with hum­ble beginnings and per­se­ver­ance. We’re sure that the next chap­ter in Mark’s adventure will be just as ex­cit­ing.

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