September 29, 2023


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Zero Lag: The MCRacing Twin-Charged Lancer Evo V

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For those who solid your minds again to my occasion protection from the The Elite Showcase and Bandung JDM Fest in Indonesia earlier this yr, you’ll do not forget 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 superb builds showcased at these two occasions although, one automotive that attended each actually stood out above all others – and never simply due to its colour.

Okay, so the intense inexperienced paintwork might have initially caught my eye, nevertheless it solely took a break 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 automotive (it’s owned and was commissioned by one among Andre’s good mates), it’d as nicely be because it lives on the store full time. It even has a reputation: MCR-Inexperienced.

Andre isn’t 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 could be discovered on numerous high-horsepower Lancers, most constructed for native quarter mile drag racing. Whereas the inexperienced machine isn’t quick on energy – Andre says 600 ponies now stay within the engine bay – it is a road automotive by way of 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 automotive, beginning with the easy however very efficient inventory exterior. Effectively, inventory Evo V bodywork no less than.


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


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 like some type of ‘trim to pattern’ manufacturing facility spec. Customized reupholstered Recaro SR7 seats with inexperienced inserts, a customized shifter boot and Nardi Basic steering wheel with inexperienced stitching are the primary 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 model) and turning up the increase, MCR-Inexperienced’s engine is making greater than double that energy on pump fuel. You’d count on some lag with this form of setup, however the Norris Designs V3 Bolt On Supercharger Equipment 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 undoubtedly a primary for Indonesia. In preparation for the set up, the engine was rebuilt and elevated to 2.1L by way of a stroker crank, CP cast 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 stainless-steel exhaust system, and AEM Infinity engine administration – Andre’s favourite.


What’s very cool about this twin-charger setup is the best way it operates. Not like 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 best way of a butterfly valve so the turbocharger can take over.


From idle by way of 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 increase to enter the engine whereas a magnetic change on the supercharger disengages its pulley. The end result isn’t solely a linear power-band all the best way 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 ultimate drive and an OS Giken triple-plate clutch, plus RS differentials with Cusco LSDs.


Enhancing 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 Infinite pads. All suspension bushings have been swapped for brand spanking new polyurethane equivalents.


From begin to end, Andre put an enormous quantity of effort into MCR-Inexperienced, and the result’s a tremendous Evo V road automotive 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 can ask for. I’ve nothing however main respect.

Rick Muda
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