September 29, 2023

In the event you forged your minds again to my occasion protection from the The Elite Showcase and Bandung JDM Fest in Indonesia earlier this 12 months, you’ll keep in mind that I used to be blown away by the standard of the modified and customized automobiles on present. This archipelagic state in Southeast Asia has a thriving scene, and that was completely mirrored in what I noticed on the present flooring. Of all of the wonderful builds showcased at these two occasions although, one automobile that attended each actually stood out above all others – and never simply due to its shade.

Okay, so the brilliant inexperienced paintwork might have initially caught my eye, but it surely solely took a cut up re-assessment into the engine bay to know that I wanted to shoot this very cool Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V GSR.


The Evo is the work of Andre Pratama from MCRacing in Jakarta. Whereas it’s technically not an MCR demo automobile (it’s owned and was commissioned by one among Andre’s good pals), it would as effectively be because it lives on the store full time. It even has a reputation: MCR-Inexperienced.

Andre is not any stranger to Evos. He’s well-known in Indonesian tuning circles for his work on Mitsubishi’s rally-bred efficiency sedan, and the MCR emblem may be discovered on plenty of high-horsepower Lancers, most constructed for native quarter mile drag racing. Whereas the inexperienced machine isn’t brief on energy – Andre says 600 ponies now stay within the engine bay – it is a road automobile by and thru.


Earlier than we get to the bay and take a better have a look at the defining side of MCR-Inexperienced, let’s have a look elsewhere across the automobile, beginning with the straightforward however very efficient inventory exterior. Properly, inventory Evo V bodywork at the least.


Mitsubishi blessed the fifth-gen Lancer Evolution with muscular strains proper out of the field, so Andre and the automobile’s proprietor noticed no want to remodel them. The paint, nevertheless, is a special story. The lime inexperienced is a customized contact that works an entire lot higher than it appears it could.


After which there are the wheels – completely fitted OG bronze anodized Volk Racing TE37s from RAYS, measuring 17×9-inch +22 in any respect 4 corners and wrapped up in Yokohama Advan Neova tires. Does a greater mixture even exist?!


I’m a sucker for clear, minimalist interiors, and MCR-Inexperienced’s cabin is so good it nearly seems to be like some sort of ‘trim to pattern’ manufacturing facility spec. Customized reupholstered Recaro SR7 seats with inexperienced inserts, a customized shifter boot and Nardi Traditional steering wheel with inexperienced stitching are the principle options, however diehard Mitsubishi fans will certainly respect the model new Ralliart instrument cluster. Andre couldn’t go away it inventory although; its tachometer face has been changed with a Ralliart CJ4A Mirage MIVEC cluster equal that reads to 10,000rpm.


That brings us properly to the engine, which though doesn’t fairly rev to five-figure RPMs does hit the excessive fours, whereas making loads of energy from the opposite finish of the meter. It does this with twin-charging.


The Evo V’s 2.0L 4G63 engine is manufacturing facility turbocharged, and in inventory specification output a JDM-regulated 280hp – or thereabouts. By swapping the unique TD05 turbo for a big Precision 7685 (GT42 type) and turning up the enhance, MCR-Inexperienced’s engine is making greater than double that energy on pump gasoline. You’d count on some lag with this type of setup, however the Norris Designs V3 Bolt On Supercharger Package eliminates it altogether.


When Andre ordered the package from Norris within the UK, he didn’t actually know what he was getting himself into. There aren’t too many twin-charged Evos round, and it was positively a primary for Indonesia. In preparation for the set up, the engine was rebuilt and elevated to 2.1L by a stroker crank, CP solid pistons and BC Racing H-beam rods. Up prime, the DOHC 16V cylinder head was handled to GSC Energy Division billet camshafts, valves, springs and titanium retainers.

The turbo sits on a customized MCR exhaust manifold, and is plumbed with MCR cost pipes utilizing AdelWiggins clamps. There’s an HKS front-mount intercooler within the combine, plus a Bosch Motorsport drive-by-wire throttle physique, customized MCR chrome steel exhaust system, and AEM Infinity engine administration – Andre’s favourite.


What’s very cool about this twin-charger setup is the way in which it operates. In contrast to different kits which run in a compound configuration, the Norris Designs improve permits the Eaton-based supercharger to run at decrease RPMs earlier than bypassing the blower by the way in which of a butterfly valve so the turbocharger can take over.


From idle by to five,500rpm the valve is closed, so the supercharger is doing all of the work however the turbo continues to be spooling. After 5,500rpm, the valve opens permitting turbocharger enhance to enter the engine whereas a magnetic change on the supercharger disengages its pulley. The outcome is just not solely a linear power-band all the way in which as much as 9,000rpm, however an engine that sounds merely unbelievable.

Getting the 600hp to the wheels is a close-ratio Lancer Evolution RS 5-speed gearbox with a Kansai Service last drive and an OS Giken triple-plate clutch, plus RS differentials with Cusco LSDs.


Bettering the dealing with is Tein 2-way adjustable coilovers with Swift springs, and a Brembo Evo X entrance brake improve that includes 355mm discs, 4-pot calipers and Limitless pads. All suspension bushings have been swapped for brand new polyurethane equivalents.


From begin to end, Andre put an enormous quantity of effort into MCR-Inexperienced, and the result’s an incredible Evo V road automobile with all of the creature comforts (air con – an absolute should for Indonesia’s tropical local weather – and energy steering nonetheless current), and all of the efficiency for native roads you could possibly ask for. I’ve nothing however main respect.

Rick Muda
Instagram: ardskellig