Jan 17, 2017

Thirsty For Blood | Leslie's Mitsubishi Evo

A lot of us work hard everyday to make a living. So despite the constant responsibilities, we love to reward ourselves with something once in a while for all the sweat we poured. While some may prefer vacation getaways or a well furnished home, some people like to reward themselves with hobby project. That was how this project Evo came to be.

While going through social media, I noticed my good friend Ah Kit from Cruise Power Car Services in Sri Petaling posting up a project car that he just finished working on. Just like his own personal car that we featured in early 2016, this CT9A was dressed up in full Voltex aero parts. If that's not eye-catching enough, this CT9A is painted in a very brilliant shade of red. Probably one of the purest you will see on any car. So knowing the level of work Ah Kit can do to any Evo, this particular one would be a special treat to check out.

For the proud owner of this Evo, Leslie who is an art director by profession states that this is purely his project car. Despite not making any major issues, he hasn't really had a chance to drive this car often due to his nature of work. Understandably, he managed to keep the car in immaculate condition. Unlike many cars that spend most of it's time hibernating, this Evo has no problem starting up anytime.

 When it comes to his interest of cars, Leslie have always considered himself an Evo guy. He started liking Evos ever since his school days when the Evo 4 CN9A debuted. He met Ah Kit around a decade ago when he owned an Evo 6. It was only shortly after that, he decided to let the Evo 6 go for this Evo 7 CT9A. Not long after that, he started to slowly build his dream Evo. For the first three years of ownership, he was sending his car to Boostzone Motorsports in Johor Bahru. But due to the factor of distance, he decided to give the job of taking car of his car to Ah Kit in Kuala Lumpur.

 After all these years of having the CT9A, Leslie made sure no detail is spared on his car. The stock seats were replaced with a pair of Bride Cuga semi bucket seats with matching Bride print wrapped on the rear seats. He also got himself a Ralliart meter cluster and gear knob. Just to bring things up another level, he also have a Cusco 6-point bolt-on roll cage installed. It some how gives the feeling that you are in a proper race car. Love it or hate it, having a roll cage installed on your street car does sound very cool.

Of course with all the visible accessories, the motor of this Evo also came with the hardware to match. The 4G63 motor is fully built with Tomei internals including pistons, crankshaft and camshafts. The turbocharger on the motor is an APEX'i RX6 turbine that is paired with an APEX'i external wastegate and screamer pipe. Even though the motor still not completely tuned, the baseline map on the engine management system was able to pump out around 400 horsepower at 1.4 bars of boost. The car is still currently waiting for its next dyno session for further fine tuning.

After getting a chance to see and even drive this car briefly, I am very eager to see this car at its full potential. It is like a blade of a master swordsman that hasn't been sharpened yet. Of course with Ah Kit's know-how and Leslie's vision, I am confident that this Evo can meet it's full potential and possibly be one of the best street tuned cars in Kuala Lumpur. But for Leslie, it is not about being the fastest or to impress others but it is purely for his pleasure to be able to own and build up his ideal Evo.

Owner: Leslie Ewe
Model: 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution CT9A
Location: Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

2.0L 4G63 Inline-4,
Tomei 2.3 liter Stroker Kit,
Tomei 270 Procams,
Tomei Valve Springs,
Tomei Head Gasket,
Tomei Cam Pulleys,
XSPower Intercooler,
APEX'i RX6 TCW76 P18 Turbo,
APEX'i External Wastegate with Dump Pipe,
Trust Greddy PE Ti-R Exhaust,
Dual Oil Cooler,
SARD Fuel Rail,
Greddy Type R Blow Off Valve,
Carbing Intake Box,
HKS Fcon V Pro ECU,

5-speed manual,
HKS LA Single Plate Clutch,

Tein Monoflex Coilovers,
Cusco 6-Point Bolt-On Roll Cage,
Cusco Anti Roll Bar,
Cusco Strut Bar,
Endless Brakes (all round),
Slotted Brake Rotors,

AME TM-02 18 x 11jj Offset +10 (all round),
Bridgestone Potenza RE050A 265/35/18 (all round),

Voltex Circuit Aerokit,
Voltex Carbon Hood,
Voltex Type 5V Wing,
Varis B-Pillar Trim,
Ganador Carbon WIng Mirrors,
Pure Red Body Paint,

Bride Cuga Semi Bucket Seats,
Bride Rear Seat Trim,
Ralliart Meter Cluster,
Ralliart Gear Knob,
Defi Gauges,
Greddy Profec-B Spec-2 Boost Controller,
APEX'i Turbo Timer,

Cruise Power Car Services, Kuala Lumpur.


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