What started out as a 1.8 litre MIstubishi Lancer GSR has undergone a complete transformation from baby Evo to Baby Supercar! This month on our 'Back to the Streets Tour' we feature one of the cleanest projects out there, with a mod sheet that made us contemplate splitting this article in two.


DSC_0169Upon cursory look the GSR looks like an average Evo thanks to the OEM Mitsubishi Evolution III body kit and Evo II rear wing, but this is where the similarity ends. A closer inspection reveals a front mounted water sprayed Autobahn88 intercooler and upgraded Wilwood Dynalite braking solution behind 16inch Enkei wheels and Dunlop Direzza Z2 shoes [Nitto NeoGens were used at the time of the shoot].

DSC_0151The not so visible modifications include BC Racing coilovers, Whiteline front and rear strut braces, Cusco upper and lower subframe supports and SuperPro suspension + differential bushings.After the owner encountered various roadblocks in building the less popular 1.8 GSR motor, the decision was made to import a 2000cc custom engine which arrived by crate from the USA. This powerplant has been built to rev, with a dynamically balanced Manley forged knife edged crank, pistons and rods, spinning on ACL Racing bearings.

DSC_0178The head has been ported and fitted with SuperTech oversized valves, Bronze Magnesium valve guides, Kiggly Racing Beehive valve springs and ITM 3G lifters. The head is mated to the block via a Cometic head gasket and held together by ARP head studs. Ralliart engine mounts keep the engine securely fixed to the car.

DSC_0189Compressed air from the Garrett GTX3582R turbo is fed to the engine through 2.5inch piping, a S90 70mm throttle body and a JM Fabrications intake manifold. Flow is governed by 272deg Comp Cams, dialed in by AEM cam gears. Spent gases exit the motor through a Sinco Customs exhaust manifold and pressure is controlled via the installation of a Tial MVR 44mm wastegate and Greddy BOV. 3inch straight through piping and Aerospeed 3inch muffler complete the exhaust system.

DSC_0188At the heart of this setup is a Link ECU G4 Extreme management unit. This controls the 1050cc Fuel Injector Clinic injectors, supplied with fuel by a Walbro 255HP fuel pump, Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator and fuel rail by the same brand. The Link also manages the Sparktech COP sequential ignition system. Auxiliary mods include a custom dual pass radiator with shroud, forward facing oil filter housing, B&M Super Cooler oil cooler, JCS Automation VS2 oild catch can and Jays Racing alternator relocation kit.

DSC_0183The drive train has seen some work as well, with the weak stock gearbox swapped out for a Jacks Transmission HD gearbox, built to handle the massive torque output from this specimen. Between them fits an ACT street chromoly flywheel and a Stage 3 Clutchnet 6 puck spring hub clutch kit.


The interior has been reinforced with a matt black Cusco bolt in roll cage, supplemented by a Schroth safety harness. Other upgrades include a Momo Monte Carlo steering wheel and NRG quick release system. An AEM wideband gauge/controller and Glowshift 3 in 1 guage [boost, oil pressure, EGT] keep an eye on the engine's condition.


Future plans include the elimination of the brake booster with the installation of an OBP Time Attack Bias brake unit, 17" Wheels, Sparco seats and an external push button kill switch.

DSC_0158With a very crude tune, traction issues and a modest 25psi of boost this package has completed an 1/8th mile pass in 7.5 seconds @ 100mph, with much room for improvement. Look out for this car at future BADD meets as the team looks to lower this time considerably.