STI LOL // Sanadi’s Widebody GTX3076 Evo 8 MR
When men first succeeded in mass producing the automobiles, there was only one model to buy – The Ford Model T. A pioneer of its age. A childhood dream for most of the boys from that era. A symbol of freedom and achievement to those who can afford it. It was the historic massal beginning for humans to start bonding their interests with the unfamiliar world of speed, performance and style, which can only be offered by cars. Never before have they been able to relate the feeling of pushing down the pedal with the rushing 70km/h wind coming straight up their faces. Never before have they been able to control a 20HP engine, roaring and grumbling under their commands. A sense of power. Of revolution. Of excitement. It was, then, becoming the start of an era – the era from which the term gearheads started to become popular. That is, those who are deeply passionate towards cars and really know all his/her ways around it.
When Ford Model T was first being mass produced, there’re not many other brands/models available in the market. It was, essentially, as commodifiable as bags of rice. If you want a car, then the Model T is for you. Thus, all gearheads at those times were basically sharing their automotive passions towards a single car – a Ford. No brand rivalries nor ‘fanboyisms’. Fast forward half a decade later though, things have started getting interesting. More car companies started building their own brands and definitions of ‘cars’. Some focus on speed, while others focus on comfort etc. Gearheads too then, started dividing themselves into different ‘groups’. Muscle car lovers, Euro tuners, Japanese supporters etc. Among those most apparent these days are the rivalries between the Lancer Evolutions and Subaru STIs, which was birthed in the world of rally championships and has been carried over to the streets.
Meet Sanadi and his Evolution VIII MR, which has been wearing the famous “STI LOL” plates. A true Japanese-car fan at heart, a freak for performance and a dedicated built-to-be-driven car owner. From Eclipse to Supra to K20 Jazz he has driven them all, but this time he has fallen for this widebodied GTX3076 turbo beast. Quick. Wild. And uncompromising. This Function > Form Evolution VIII MR has been built to out-pace every other street roamers out there.
Despite the “STI LOL” plates on the car, Sanadi didn’t actually have any despises towards the Evo’s rival. Instead, it was more of a stereotypical joke he simply wanted to pull off. A conversation starter. A casual greeting to fellow car lovers. He even confessed to have liked some of the STI lineups, with his favorite being the two-door GC’s.
No doubt the Evo and STI has both developed a large number of fanboys out there. What started as the brands’ rivalries in rally championships have brainwashed enthusiasts into worshipping one instead of the other. However, true enthusiasts do know that both of these lineups are actually very much different from the other. Yes both has four doors. And birthed at rallies. Has turbo and four wheel drives. But that’s all where the similarities end. At the end of the day, the Evo might have the more seductive styling, while the STI has the eargasmic sounding boxer engine. I’d say both are brilliant performance cars from which extreme racing cars can be built upon.
Sanadi’s Evolution VIII started its life as an MR version. A beefier version that Mitsubishi has designed for the more demanding enthusiasts. Aluminium roof, revised turbo+internals, and BBS wheels were among the performance features that Mitsubishi has added to this Mitsubishi Racing (MR) version.
Among the thorough modification list that’s been sent in by Excess Motoring, Sanadi’s favorite of all is the GTX3076 turbo upgrade. With more power and faster spools, the turbo upgrade has turned the quick sprinter into a scary-yet-controllable roller-coaster ride.
Engine and internal upgrades are the heart of Sanadi’s Evolution VIII MR built (you should scroll to the thorough mod list down there). Unlike those out there overseas slamming the heck out of their Evos, turning rally cars into really lows, Sanadi is still holding tight to the Evo’s built-to-perform heritage.
Interiors have been touched through the installation of crucial gauges and Recaro bucket seats. It’s all about creating a comfortable and functional cabin from which Sanadi can safely pilot this wonderful beast.
Exterior-wise, you might have not noticed the widened body. Subtle and OEM-looking, these Do-Luck body parts flaw faultlessly with the Evo’s original styling. A perfect understatement for the daily driven machine.
What’s next? Sanadi is looking forward to the arrival of Cosworth stroker kit he has ordered. I’m pretty sure the installation of such kit would be as exciting as the turbo upgrade. After all it’s going give more engine displacement! That’s more power and torque!
COSWORTH CAMSHAFTS (272 IN. / 272 EXH.)
COSWORTH VALVE SPRINGS + RETAINERS
TOMEI FREE ADJUSTABLE CAM PULLEY
COSWORTH REINFORCE HEAD BOLTS
COSWORTH REINFORCE MAIN BOLTS
ARP FLYWHEEL BOLT
ACL MAIN & ROD RACE BEARINGS
SKUNK2 RACING INTAKE MANIFOLD
COSWORTH HEAD GASKET
COSWORTH TIMING BELT
COSWORTH BALANCER BELT
NGK RACING IRIDIUM SPARK PLUGS
TIAL BLOW OFF
COSWORTH INTAKE MANIFOLD THERMAL GASKET
INTAKE & EXHAUST
BLITZ 3″ OPEN AIR FILTER + CUSTOM ALMUNIUM PIPING BY XS
FULL RACE EXHAUST MANIFOLD
XS 3 INCH STAINLESS DOWN PIPE + CENTER PIPES
JIC MAGIC JAPAN SPEC TITANIUM EXHAUST
KOYORAD FULL ALMUNIUM TRIPLE-FIN RADIATOR
RALLIART LOW TEMP THERMOSTAT
RALLIART LOW TEMP THERMO SWITCH
SAMCO SPORT HOSES
ALMUNIUM PIPING INTERCOOLERS
FULL SIZE FRONT INTERCOOLER
INLINE FUEL FILTER
WALBRO FUEL PUMP
SARD FUEL PRESS REGULATOR
SKUNK2 CARBON BLACK FUEL RAIL
HYBRID RACING FUEL PRESSURE GAUGE
HALTECH STAND ALONE PS 1000 ECU
AEM AFR GAUGE
GREDDY TURBO TIMER
HKS EVC 6 BOOST CONTROLLER
PIVOT SHIFT LAMP
ATS TWIN PLATE CARBON CLUTCH
RALLIART RADIATOR CAP
RALLIART OIL CAP
TOMEI COIL COVER
TOMEI CAM GEAR COVER
RALLIART MAGNETIC OIL DRAIN PLUG
XS OIL CATCH TANK CUSTOM
AEROQUIP HOSE ENDS
AEROQUIP HEX FINISHERS
REDLINE 5W40 ENGINE OIL
ROYAL PURPLE SYNCROMAX TRANSMISSION OIL
REDLINE POWER STEERING FLUIDS
REDLINE WATER WETTER
XS UNDER PANEL
MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 3 255/40/18
HKS SUPERFLEX FULL ADJUSTABLE COILOVERS
WHITELINE FRONT + REAR SWAYBARS
WHITELINE FRONT + REAR BUSHINGS
WHITELINE FRONT BUMP STEER CORRECTION
WHITELINE FRONT CASTER CORRECTION
WHITELINE FRONT RACK STEER BUSHING
WHITELINE REAR STRUTBAR
COSWORTH RACING BRAKES 6POT WITH SLOTTED ROTOR 365mm
COSWORTH BRAKE LINES
COSWORTH REAR BRAKE PADS
MOTUL RBF 600 BRAKE FLUIDS
VOLK RAYS RACING LUG NUTS
ARP WHEEL BOLTS
CARBING FRONT UNDERBRACE
CARBING FRONT ALMUNIUM STRUTBAR + BRAKE BOOSTER STOPPER
VARIS CARBON HOOD
VARIS CARBON LIPS SPOILER
DO-LUCK WIDE BODY KIT
CARBON DIFFUSER REAR EVO 9 BUMPER
FRONT EVO 9 BUMPER
TORRO ROSSO RED PAINT
3M WINDOWS FILM
RECARO SR4 EVO
CRESSENDO OPUS 3 TWO WAY SPEAKERS
MOSCONI POWER AMPLIFIER
TITANIUM SHIFT KNOB
TOP 1 Synthetic Oil