Hyper Rev: Dallin Felton's 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII
Written by Dave Pankew | Photos by Orlando Echeverria (www.orlandoech.com)

As time goes on, many enthusiasts bow out of the sport compact scene due to the need for more practical daily transportation. But cars like the Evo and STi have changed the rules and offered tuner car performance in practical packages. These 4-door sport sedan rockets offer alternatives to (gasp) minivans or passenger friendly econo boxes. When needed, these AWD rockets tackle snow, mud and anything in between with ease. When done right, a Mitsubishi EVO can easily outrun and lap sports cars costing twice as much. The EVO is a factory missile that needs very little to go fast and still have street cred…lots of it. Enter this particular EVO VIII, which we know you haven’t seen since it hails from under a rock known as Provo, UT. Not exactly the hub of the tuning universe, but still owner Dallin Felton has poured in an estimated $20,000 over the purchase price to end up at this point. It appears he spent his money wisely since it is a clean project that deserved
a closer look and earned a spot in this issue.

Hyper Rev: Dallin Felton's 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII

What first attracted us was the Voltex widebody kit adorning the sides of the car – just enough width to show off but not excessive for unwanted attention. This rare Japanese kit was complimented with a Voltex rear diffuser and Ganador motorized mirrors. Then a load of Seibon carbon bits topped it off, including a vented hood, trunk and vortex generators. After everything was fitted up, the car was sprayed in factory white to keep it squeaky JDM clean.

Hyper Rev: Dallin Felton's 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII

The attention turned to the rolling gear, which had to be light and of course super strong. When you are looking for the perfect blend of the two, you don’t have to shop much further than Enkei that use the M.A.T. forging process. A set of classic Enkei RPF1s were selected all around in 17x10-inch with a hefty +18 offset. Then the wheels were cloaked with Hankook Ventus 275/35R17 tires on all four corners which took some science to tuck them in with no rubbing issues.

The exact wheel fit was achieved with BC Racing coilovers that provided the right adjustability for height and dampening to prevent contact. The suspension was further improved by a Hotchkis rear sway bar, Perrin end links and a GT Spec frame brace.

Hyper Rev: Dallin Felton's 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII

Inside the EVO are a handful of improvements to an already solid factory interior. The stock seats were pulled in favor of NRG Innovations carbon fiber racing buckets draped with 4-point Takata harnesses. An AEM UEGO gauge was added to keep tabs on the mix, while Defi Blue Racer gauges (Boost & EGT) reside in a Perrin steering column pod.

Hyper Rev: Dallin Felton's 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII

Beyond the styling of the vehicle, Felton wanted some go fast goodies. Anyone who owns an EVO knows it doesn’t take much to make them pull … hard. And pull it does with 524whp documented on the rollers, remember that is 6000 feet above sea level! The engine was freshened up with new gaskets, timing belt and an HKS metal head gasket clamped down by ARP studs. Inside the head, the core was ported and polished and refilled with Brian Crower springs and retainers as well as aggressive 272° cams. The bump comes from an ATP GT30-40R turbo upgrade bolted to a Buschur ported manifold. The exhaust heads into a Garage HRS 3-inch stainless exhaust straight through. Meanwhile on the cold side, a GReddy R-Spec intercooler and piping kit was added to bring the air temps down. The cooling was also ramped up with a Koyo Aluminum radiator and SAMCO 4-ply silicone hoses.

Hyper Rev: Dallin Felton's 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII

We have to hand it to Felton for delivering a slick daily driven project that photographs real well. He describes it as quiet and comfortable to drive on demand, but raise the boost levels and put the dampers on super stiff and you have a no compromise ride that will definitely keep it gangsta.

ESSENTIALS
Owner: Dallin Felton
Location: Provo, UT
Vehicle: 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII
Power: 524whp

ENGINE
Mitsubishi 4G63 2.0L inline-4

ENGINE MODIFICATIONS
BC 272’s
BC spring and retainers
ARP Head studs
AEM EMS with boost solonid and Crank Sensor
Garage HRS 3 inch turbo back
ATP 35/40r Turbo kit
850cc injectors
Walbro 255
Bushur ported manifold
Greddy R Spec intercooler kit
Koyo radiator
Samco radiator hoses

ENGINE MANAGEMENT
AEM EMS Standalone
AEM 3-Bar MAP sensor
AEM IAT sensor

WHEELS, TIRES, BRAKES
New Enkei RPF1’s 17x10 +18 Hankook tires

SUSPENSION
BC Racing 32 way adjustable coilovers
GT Spec Frame Brace
Perrin end links
Hotchkis rear sway bar

EXTERIOR
Full Voltex widebody kit
Voltex rear diffuser
Seibon Ts 2 hood and carbon trunk and vortex generator
Ganador Mirrors motorized
Rex Speed carbon heat shield

INTERIOR
Perrin steering column pod
Defi Blue Racer: (Boost & EGT)
AEM UEGO
NRG Carbon Fiber Buckets
Takata Harness

More Vehicle Features

Street Shark: Daniel Covarrubias' 2013 Scion FR-S

Being accepted by everyone just isn’t a thing. It never has been and never will be. What most people don’t realize is that the sooner you stop caring about what the “haters” say, the sooner you’ll be genuinely happy about…
Read More

Need for Speed: World Racing 2011 Scion tC

Insane, impossible, incredible- these are the words most commonly associated with WORLD Racing and virtually everything they do. Back in 2009, the time attack world was shocked when Chris Rado and the WORLD Racing team first unveiled their re-worked Scion…
Read More

Sick Wit It: Dennis Som's 1994 Nissan 240SX

Written by Dave Pankew | Photos By Adam Cha - TYC photography I know what you are thinking. “Oh golly gee, I’m so friggin’ ecstatic to see another 240 with Silvia parts, I can barely contain myself.” Don’t worry, it…
Read More

Vaughn Gittin Jr's 2015 Mustang RTR Spec 5 Concept

Story and Photography by Jordan Lenssen. The 2015 Mustang has been all the rage since being officially launched in September, 2014. The bolder lines, standard selectable drive modes, all-new 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four and fully-independent rear suspension have made this the…
Read More

Pressure Point

  Everyone has a weakness and even the toughest street fighter has a weak spot if you can strike the right pressure point. Tony Nazzal’s 350Z has gone through many iterations over the years, to eliminate all the weak spots…
Read More