Jun 15, 2015

The Comeback Kid | Rob's Return To The Track

In most places around the world, the Mitsubishi Evo is a car that got quite a lot of attention. Regardless if it’s due to rally, track racing or even as a pop icon from movies. The formula of a lightweight, four wheel drive, and turbocharged car is proven to be an excellent blend that excites and performs. At a past track day, I met with Rob, an expat and proud Evo owner in Singapore who just got back to the track after 11 years of absents. So I got a chance to check out his Evo.

Rob, originally from Australia have been living in Singapore for 10 years now. He was there in the first place for work purposes but after 5 years, he finally decided to settle on the island state. But even way before that he was always been crazy about cars. Looking back from the past cars he had, they were all modded and tuned in a way. Ranging from a Mitsubishi Lancer fourth gen coupe, an R33 Skyline, a B5 Audi S4 twin turbo to a Subaru Impreza STi.

The last time Rob was on track was 11 years ago at the Wakefield Park Raceway in his Audi S4. But he was absent from the track due to work in Singapore. But after 11 years, Rob decided to hit the track again. So he decided to start hunting for cars. The intention was to have a car purposed for the track yet still street worthy for an occasional night drive in the streets of Singapore.

At first, Rob had his sights on the Evo 9 RS as he believed it would be a better platform as a track car. But due to COE regulations, he decided not to go through the trouble and go for a more recent model. He did thought of getting an R35 GTR but the car itself is not as basic and raw to be used in the track. At last he settled on the Evo 10 RS that came with a HKS intake, Tial Q Blow off and a trust cat back exhaust.

Once the car was with him, he started dropping in some bolt-ons on the 4B11 motor to get the right set up for the car. Built and tuned and Uber Garage, Singapore, the car is currently tracked tuned running 320 whp at 1.5 bar of boost. The drive feel of the car surpassed his expectations since he describes it as ‘if the car was driven on rails’ which is the exact feel Rob was going for. After his return on track, he managed to clock 2’37” on Sepang. As a weekend warrior, the Evo 10 RS never fails to excite.

Owner: Rob Monckton
Model: 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS CZ4A
Location: Singapore

2.0L 4B11 Inline-4
HKS air intake,
64 mm throttle body,
Koyorad radiator and hoses,
Redesigned fan cooling system with two separate swithes,
HKS oil cooler,
Cusco oil and air separator,
SARD fuel pressure regulator.
DW65 in tank fuel pump,
1000cc ID injectors,
Tomei downpipe, 3” test pipe, delete cat,
Trust cat-back exhaust,
Uber Garage custom exhaust manifold,
HKS 7460 Kai ball bearing turbo,
Trust Greddy Type R intercooler (3.9" think core)
3 port boost controller, Tial Q BOV,
New ECU relays,
Open source tuning on stock ECU at by Gary of Uber Garage.

DRIVETRAIN:5 speed manual
ATS twin plate carbon clutch
Torque Solutions gearbox bushings
1.5 way rear LSD

HSD coilovers
Whiteline ARC kit
Whiteline 3way rear adjustable sway bar and hot chicks end links,
Beat rush diff bushing (really noisy when installed on RS)
Cusco rear tower strut bar
Girodisc 2 piece slotted rotors front and rear
Ferodo DS2500 front and rear pads
Titanium shims and upgraded brake fluid
Porsche brake ducts + removed dust shields
Goodridge braided steel brake lines

Wedsport SA67R 18 x 9jj Offset +20 (all round)
Yokohama Advan Neova AD08R 255/35/18 (all round)
 20mm front spacer, 5mm rear spacer

Voltez rear wing
Varis widebody bumper, fenders and rear bumber areo
Custom carbon hood,
Carbon trunk,
Aerotech bonnet hood pins

Sparco EVO full bucket seat
Takata 4 point harness
OMP steering wheel
DEFI gauges (fuel pressure, oil temp, oil pressure, water temp & boost)