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2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X - Monster Massive
Our last trip to Japan proved that one thing is clear: simple is back. For as long as the Japanese have become known for turning fantasy cars into reality, the unstoppable force that is known currently as the shitty global economy, took its turn this year and as a result, lighter mods and a step back to simplicity kicked in. Fortunately, that means street-friendly and a more realistic way of building cars for those of us without balling budgets to look towards for inspiration. Though the Monster Sport Evo X looks like a multi yen/dollar project, the spec list is shockingly short (but distinguished), kind of in the way Goose described his Johnson being like. Here, it's clearly not the length or the width, but the way the Evo works it.
Featured prominently at Signal Auto's booth, it was clear there's a partnership between the famed tuners, as well as Maziora, the paint company that has become synonymous with Signal's Show-Up division of body shops due to its color changing properties. You might've seen it on a few Signal race and drift cars over the years. Here, generous coatings of the company's own blend of Kandy Red paint has made its way onto the body and RS aero kit from V2 Champ, giving it a very familiar look that we've all come to love and enjoy. Monster Sport custom valved a set of Ohlins DFV coilovers to their specs, giving them a nice ride for the streets and at the same time drops the chassis conservatively over the 18-inch CE28N wheels from Volk.
You may be thinking the name Monster Sport isn't new to the US and you're right. For years they've been campaigning a Suzuki race car at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with driver Monster Tajima who has no trouble breaking records many times over, and so it should come as no surprise that they've carried their racing expertise to the enthusiast level, offering a variety of performance parts to the market, including the Evo X. On this demo car, they bolted on as many Monster Sport parts as possible, including the intake, exhaust and intercooler while also integrating a new induction system and blow-off valve, and boost levels can be adjusted with a HKS EVC 5.
Though the days of aggressive tuning in Japan may have taken a short break, Monster Sport shows that quality can be achieved through simplistic means. Take it as a cue to follow suit but if the Japanese have also proved time again it's that they can't leave simple alone. Who knows? This could come back harder as an updated demo and with Monster behind the build, there's no telling how far they'll take it.
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X
Owner monster sport
(YASUFUMI ONODERA) Hometown tokyo, Japan
Occupation tuning shop
Engine Monster Sport PFX300 Power Air Filter, titanium muffler, titanium exhaust manifold, suction pipe kit, front pipe, intercooler piping and high-flow blow-off valve
Engine Management HKS EVC 5 POWER 450hp
Suspension & Chassis Cusco front Power Brace; custom Monster Sport-spec Ohlins DFV coilovers; JSpeed Super Sujigane-Kun
If the wheels look unfamiliar, it's because they're one-off custom creations by ADF. The 20-inch 3-piece billet aluminum wheels are custom-machined and feature an aluminum fluted center cap. The hammered-look of this retro-themed truck is made possible by an Air Lift Company complete digital air ride kit. The adjustable suspension also makes it easier to get the matching Ruckus on and off the xTruck.
With all the metal work and custom bits on the exterior of this Scion, it might act as a distraction from the equally impressive cockpit. To get that old mini-truck feel, the classic bench seat is a must. That shifter isn't going to get awkwardly close to a middle passenger's crouch on its own now is it? The problem with that is modern day automobiles no longer come with bench seats.
"We used the bottom of the stock rear seat and fabricated a top portion to make a bench seat for the cab. Then we rewrapped it with white vinyl and made matching door inserts and white perforated vinyl headliner," Brandon states. "The upper portions of the dash and door panels were painted to replicate how old trucks looked back when everything was metal." They even went as far as to modify an NRG flip-up steering wheel hub to house a Mooneyes white vinyl steering wheel. The finishing touch comes in the form of a hand-blown glass shift knob that also happens to be color-matched to the vehicle.
"It was gnarly to say the least," Brandon says, when asked about his overall thoughts on the build. "All we did was work on the car every single day from the day it was delivered to us. I'm happy with how it all came together but I can honestly say that I don't think I would attempt a project of this magnitude again with such a small time frame and limited budget. It was built for the Scion Tuner Challenge and we took 2nd place overall. I can't really complain, it got an overwhelming amount of good responses at the SEMA show."
Tuning Menu 2010 Scion XB Owner Brandon Leung Hometown Eastside Of LA - SGV Occupation Founder Of Bowls LA
Engine 2010 2.4L 2AZ-FE; AEM Cold-Air Intake; Brian Crower Stage 2 camshafts, stainless steel valves, valve springs, titanium retainers; DC Sports exhaust header; NOS Dual-Stage Nitrous Fogger System; ADF custom port & polished head, dual exhaust, valve cover, timing chain cover
Drivetrain TRD heady-duty clutch assembly, helical LSD, short shifter kit
Suspension & Chassis Air Lift Company complete digital air ride kit; TRD rear sway bars
To upgrade his already potent, 4G63, Michael installed all the major HKS bolt-ons he could get a hold of. This included, but was not limited to, a HKS Hi-Power exhaust, racing suction intake, HKS Kansai intake box and intercooler with piping.
"The entire build process took a great deal of time and energy, not just on my part but from a good friend of mine, Juan Marquez. There were a lot of late nights, a little bit of pain and an angry wife but it was all worth it in the end! To think that I started this build a year ago when my wife told me I could have any car I want as long as it was a 4-door, and being a proud member of Team Hybrid now, it's truly an unbelievable experience."
2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Owner Michael Eaddy
Hometown Palmdale, CA
Occupation Operations Manager
Engine 2.0L 4G63; HKS 272 camshafts, cam gears, Racing Suction Intake, Kansai carbon-fiber intake box, Hi-Power exhaust, Version 2 blow-off valve, intercooler piping; Super Tuning custom 3-in downpipe; ARP head studsx; GReddy fuel injectors; Walbro 255lph fuel pump; Samco Sport hoses; Mizu radiator; APR Carbon Craft valve cover
Drivetrain ACT clutch kit
Suspension & Chassis TEIN Flex coilovers; APR front strut tower bar
Brakes Project Mu 4-pot front brake calipers, brake rotors, steel braided brake lines; B-Force brake pads