Evolution: the constant process of development and adaption of changing environment and time.
The concept most famously brought to us by Charles Darwin in regards to finch development on the Galápagos Islands, but over the past 20 years has been the driving force behind Mitsubishi’s main sports vehicle, the Lancer Evolution. A high performance 4 cylinder turbo coupled together with a sophisticated all wheel drive system, saw the basis of the Evolution’s birth. The most current Evo still holds true to its heritage, however much development has taken place over the years with the current model accommodating a freshly designed 4 cylinder turbo setup, mated with a double clutch transmission gearbox. However the Evolution’s biggest party piece has always been its AWD system, being both responsive and durable in design. Super-AWD (S-AWD) was the latest change, supporting YAW Sensor, an electronically controlled center differ and the ability to intelligently apply power where it can be best put to use.
In theory, evolution can not go backwards, but many argue that with this progression in technology, much of the “driving” experience is being taken away. So when is too much technology bad?
Enter the Evolution IX.
Being the previous-to-current model, it has also seen many improvements over the years, such as MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system), a revised turbocharger and controllable center differential, however in regards to electronic driver aids, this model only features ABS. No traction control, no stability control and a traditional 6 speed manual. Explaining why this version of the evolution has become so desirable.
Dan, being no stranger to JDM vehicles, has owned his IX for quite some time; changing and developing it into his ideal form. Having owned a mildly tuned Evo IX before, this one puts a much bigger smile on his face with extensive engine modifications.
On the intake side, we have a Ported Inlet Manifold complements of Buschur Racing, controlling flow with a pair of Tomei 270 Procams, HSK Adjustable Cam gears and BeeHive Springs; seeing 8,000RPM without any hesitation.
Fuel is delivered through a set of Injector Dynamics 1000cc injectors, custom braided fuel lines and Buschur Racing Double Pumper fuel pump, all required when you want to run e85 (flexfuel) as a fuel source. The viability of running e85 is definitely increasing as more fuel stations are vending the juice. With increased torque and responsiveness, why wouldn’t you?
Cooling not being forgotten about, as an important aspect of any modified car, Dan has equipped the IX with MAP Performance Oil Cooler, up-rated Mishimoto aluminium radiator and ETS blue anodized intercooler.
Exhaust gases are first passed into the massive Forced Performance “Black” Turbo, the same that has seen many Evo IXs in the States hit over 700awHP. Minimal restriction is offered by the Buschur Racing HPC Ported manifold and CES Racing Twin Dump Pipe. Finished off with HKS’ Carbon Titanium Exhaust doing what it should, expelling fumes effectively, while looking the business.
All this combined sees power figures hit 310awkW on e85. To experience this first hand was astonishing, making me wonder if I had gone along this path with my IX, would it have seen me holding onto it a bit longer?
Due to the complex AWD system, traction is never really an issue, however the stock stance of the IX leaves much to be desired. Dan being quite particular with his wheel selection and trying many different products, opted for Origin DNA02 18×9.5 +15 all round.
Wrapped in Hankook RS3s 235/40, they fill the guards nicely.
Dan has now attended several sprint track day sessions with his Evo IX and wants to continue to participate in many more, so we hope to see much more progression for the car in the near future.