Impressive White Stealth – Nic’s Evo X
Most of us motorists are used to the sight of Lancer EXs with heavy exterior modifications, or a stealth look. However, for most of them, the changes are only skin deep. Today for a change, we would take a look at sales manager Nicholas Tham’s white Evo X, whose clean exterior hides a true performer.
Nicholas’s history with Japanese performance cars has been long and varied, having previously owned two hot Hondas (a Civic Type-R and an Accord Euro-R), a Mazda RX-8, and a Subaru Impreza WRX STi. When asked on why he chose the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, he said that having driven both naturally aspirated and turbocharged cars, his preferences were for turbocharged cars, and till date considers the Evo X to be the most thrilling to drive of the lot.
Although Nicholas still considers the Nissan GT-R to be the “grail car”, and a target worth working towards, that has not diminished his love for the Evo, with him saying it is a highly capable car, particularly with a few choice upgrades.
So, where do we start with? How about the exterior, with its Varis carbon fibre body kit, comprising of a bonnet, side skirts and canards. In case you were wondering where the body kit went, it is because Nicholas chose to spray paint some of the parts white, creating a stealth look. Topping things off is a Voltex Type 5 GT Wing.
At this point, we have got to admit that we are big fans of this car’s look. Better for a car to have it and not flaunt it, than to be a car whose looks promise more performance than could actually be delivered.
And delivering on performance is certainly what this car does best, once you peep under the hood. At first glance, an AEM intake and Owen Development turbocharger, hooked up to a HKS SSQV blow-off valve can be seen. Other upgrades include Blitz camshafts, Cosworth fuel rails, and Sard fuel regulators. Providing more than adequate lubrication for this hardworking 4B11T is a Tomei oil pump with a Trust oil cooler.
To better enjoy the stirring sounds of this turbocharged four-pot engine, a Fujitsubo exhaust has been fitted, giving this ride a mellifluous burble at idle, which builds up nicely as the revs rise.The result is a car that pretty much is good for all purposes, with Nicholas praising it for its drag and track prowess, but also saying that it does not impact daily driving severely.
Of course, such sterling performance is not solely due to the engine, but has also got to be credited to the suspension set-up. Stiffening up the chassis is a Cusco front strut bar, while the handling has been taken to another level, with little detriment to the ride, thanks to the use of HKS Hipermax coilovers.
Any car enthusiast would know that quality tyres are needed to make the most of any performance car, and Nicholas is no exception, having chosen Hankook’s Ventus S1 EVO high performance tyres, and complementing them with the handsome Volk Racing RE30 wheels in 19-inch sizing. A final touch of style was added with the 20mm wheel spacers all round, giving this car a “stance” look.
By now, it seems kind of ironic that for all the attention we have lavished on this Evo X’s abilities, we have spent so little time on the very place which the driver spends all of his time in, the interior!
Thankfully, the sporting theme has largely been retained, with Recaro SPG sports buckets and a Keys Racing steering wheel among some of the key additions.
Possibly helping with performance, Nicholas gets to keep an eye on his car’s operating condition with the help of an array of Defi gauges, while a Blitz boost controller lets him change the amount of boost required on the fly.
To keep the turbo in good health after some intense drives, an Apexi turbo timer is fitted. When the engine is shut off, it is kept idling for about a minute to allow the turbo to properly cool down, as well as for the engine oil to circulate properly.
Being a daily driver, Nicholas also made sure that his Evo is able to still provide the basics for the drive to work. Hence, the air-conditioning unit is left untouched (important in balmy Singapore), and he still gets to enjoy sounds from the Pioneer sound system with the four-speaker set-up.
How often is it we see cars on the road that have been all dressed up, but with little performance under the hood to speak of ? Nicholas’s car on the other hand bucks the trend, being truly able to show many rides a clean set of tyre lines on the race track, but without too many compromises when it comes to daily usability.
Owner : Nicholas Tham
Vehicle : Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Power : 500 bhp
Country : Singapore
4B11T Engine Block / AEM Air Intake System / Owen Development 25g Turbo Charger / HKS Intercooler / DW 1000cc Fuel Injectors / Blitz Camshafts / HKS SSQV Blow-off Valve / Tial Waste Gate / Cosworth Fuel Rails / Sard Fuel Regulators / Tomei Oil Pump / Trust Oil Cooler / Cusco Oil Catch Tank / Warlboro Fuel Pump / Customised Manifold / Customised Side Plant / NGK Spark Plugs
Varis Bonnet, Boot, Side Skirts, Side Canards / Voltex Type 5 GT Wing
5-Speed Manual / Ogura Racing Clutch / Tomei Downpipe / Fujitsubo Exhaust System / HKS Hipermax Coilovers / Cusco Front Strut Bar / Brembo Brake System / Volks Racing Wheel RE30 with 20mm Spacers / Hankook Ventus S1 Evo Tyres 245/35Z R19
Recaro SPG Bucket Seats / Keys Racing Steering Wheel / Defi Exhaust Temp Gauge, Oil Temp Gauge, Oil Pressure Gauge, Turbo Gauge / Blitz Boost Controller (HKS Stand) / Apexi Turbo Timer / Pivot Auto Shift Lamp / Sound Deadening Removal
Pioneer AVH169DVD (LCD Touchscreen DVD Player) with 4 Speakers
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Text & Photos By AutoCulture Singapore