A Clean Evolution For Dirty Times
- The background
- The car
- The mods
- The future
1. The background
I’ve known Mr. M for many years now and all his car-related projects always delivered top-notch quality, while keeping the fun-factor at high levels, too. Because we felt there’s a story waiting to be told, we met up with him and one of his amazing machines, on a hot summer evening, ready to rumble and cruise along. Little did we know what a sublime experience awaits.
His passion for modifying, tuning, reconstructing and enhancing cars stood deeply rooted in his teenage years and still goes on today, with the same mystical attraction for all that is rare, pure and extremely, extremely fast. Not a big fan of fame and social media exposure, his life still revolves around the garages where he keeps his beloved treasures, and, more recently, the racetrack closest to the city he resides in. On the local scene, he already is known by those who need to know him. And he prefers to let the engines, exhausts, and turbochargers do the talking for him.
Needless to say, an Evo, of any type, for that matter, will always be a head-turner, on the street, on the track or at car meets. Especially if it’s as special and cleanly built such as the one featured here.
2. The car
When Mitsubishi introduced the Lancer Evolution IX in Japan on March 3, 2005, and exhibited the car at the Geneva Motor Show for the European market, everyone knew what to expect from the 2.0 L (1,997 ccs) 4G63 inline-four engine with MIVEC technology (variable valve timing). Adding the revised turbocharger design boosted official power output at the crankshaft to 291 PS (214 kW; 287 hp) and torque to 392 Nm (289 lb-ft).
The Evo IX also features AYC (Active Yaw Control), which is the system that controls the driving and braking forces between the left and right wheels by judging accurately both driver operation and vehicle behavior based on information from steering angle, yaw rate, driving torque, braking pressure, and wheel speed. The result is vehicle behavior faithful to the driver's operation. Enhanced cornering performance and vehicle stability are possible by precisely controlling the vehicle's yaw moment.
Also, as standard, the Evo IX comes with ACD, which is the system that electronically controls the differential limit between the front and rear wheels to distribute an appropriate driving force to the four wheels. The system sets the base driving force distribution to 50:50 and controls the differential limit between the front and rear wheels from "Free" to "Locked 4WD." It turns precise control into reality by using information about the wheel speed, the steering wheel angle, the engine torque, the brake pressure, and the yaw rate sensor, and combines a high level of traction performance and steering response adapted to the driving conditions.
3. The mods
Starting as a stock Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX EDM GSR, on top of the standard bits and pieces, the car received multiple goodies as an add-on, delivering the now well known 400/400 figures for a tuned Evo IX.
The main technical mods are:
- Full 3” Japspeed turbo-back de-cat exhaust
- Injen intake with upgraded piping and cone filter
- Upgraded fuel pump (Walbro 255)
- Spark-tech individual coil-packs and colder spark plugs by NGK
- Exedy twin-clutch setup
- Remap done by EVOTUNE, to reach the 400/400 goal
In addition, the car has many MR bits installed, such as the BBS wheels, Bilstein Shock with Eibach springs, full MR bushings, etc.
As a piece-de-resistance, the mighty red Evo has certain “small” bits to support the overall tune, including parts from the all-mighty GTR R35. Not even our friendship with Mr. M helped us to find out the secret ingredients that bring the final output to a whopping 415 hp.
What we did manage to obtain is the fact that with this spec, the car managed 12.00 seconds to 1⁄4 mile time during a King of Europe Drag Racing event with street tires on a standard road (not sticky tires or drag track).
All these amazing engineering needs to be treated with the best racing fluids, so Mr. M strongly recommends using Millers Oils UK.
Indeed, What Mr. M has created is somewhat mystical, because it features such a lot of mods, yet keeping the Evo as clean and stock as possible. Nothing has been fine-tuned without justification, everything is in its place and the car feels like no part has been forced upon it. Everything ticks and beeps in perfect harmony, and oh, when you open wide that gas guzzler, the sensations are ecstatic. This is what quality tuning should feel like, no doubt about it.
4. The future
Although its sporty racing days seem to have been left behind, the car is now rarely used (just around 200 km in 2019) and is getting slowly and slowly to be a garage queen, following the years of appropriate use.
If there will be additional modifications brought to this majestic project car, we’ll make sure to do a follow-up piece on them.
However, the occasional city night drive will always be a pleasure to indulge, especially because what Mr. M has built here is more than a race car. It is a historical statement of what the Evo meant to the automotive world, a marvel of mechanical engineering, and a timeless classic, for the years to come.
Photos: Ana Dumitrescu / Instagram
Words: Mihai Dumitrescu / Instagram