“SHINNO CONSIDERS HIMSELF A BIT OF A HISTORY BUFF WHEN IT COMES TO THE RALLY-BRED CARS, AND CAN LIST OFF RACE RESULTS FROM PROMINENT WRC DRIVERS WHO HELMED EVOS IN THEPAST.”
poster child for Evo enthusiasm would have to be the owner of the stellar Evolution VII on the pages here. Takeru Shinno is an Evo nut, and knows just about everything about the proud family heritage of the “Evolution,” especially the CT9A he owns and operates. We're not talking only mechanical facts either; Shinno considers himself a bit of a history buff when it comes to the rally-bred cars, and can list off race results from prominent WRC drivers who helmed Evos in the past.
For example: he'd totally be able to tell you that the Evo VII was the “fat kid” when it was introduced to the family in 2001. The CT9A was built on the Lancer Cedia platform, which weighed much more than the Evo VI of yesteryear, but the newer Evo would make up for the extra heft with the addition of an active center differential, a helical LSD up front, an improved LSD in
Athe rear, plus a bump in torque to 284 lb-ft. The VII can move, and it can move well. It should also be mentioned that Shinno's Mitsubishi belongs to Hara-Tire's team of cars that are built to strut into a show and shut things down, as is tradition with Hara-Tire builds. For a little bit of backstory, Hara-Tire is a small shop in Fukuoka, with what is said to be the first “stanced” R32 GT-R as their claim to fame. The demo car features WORK VSXXs wrapped in extremely stretched rubber, fender to lip fitment, and a moderate dose of camber to round everything out. With the R32 as their first successful foray into the show circuit, Hara-Tire then rode the stance wave, churning out notable cars as that wave splashed all over Japan. According to Jean-Christophe Pepino, the man behind the lens of this feature, “It's common to see a group of 10 to 15 cars wearing Hara-Tire colors at a big Japanese event.”