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TOP FIVE STEPS EVERY EVO OWNER SHOULD
TAKE TO GET THEIR CAR RACE READY
The Japanese built Mitsubishi Evolution is undoubtedly one of the most commonly modified
high performance sedans on the market.
It has become a mainstay on race tracks
around the world in everything from
professional rally championships to
weekend track days.
Famous for its 'bad-boy racer' spirit, the
Evo offers turbocharged speed and
performance for motorsport fans who want
a road car that can perform on the race
The options for transforming an Evo into
a racing speed machine are almost
limitless but navigating through the
endless array of modifications and add-ons
can make a non-automotive engineer's
V-Sport supplies a number of
motorsport parts and equipment and
General Manager, Nicholas Bates, offered
some valuable advice about the top five
things that every Evo owner should do to
get their car track ready.
"V-Sport is very close to the Evo
community," he said.
"We are the naming rights sponsors for
the Evo Nationals and we are currently
building an Evo X to compete at the World
Time Attack at Eastern Creek in August.
"We believe that there are a few simple
steps that would benefit every Evo owner
who wants to take their car out on the
Upgrade the braking system
"The brakes you need are entirely
dependent on how you're using the car,
how often you're racing it and where you're
racing it," Mr Bates said.
"The brakes are a bit like the tyres; if
you take the car out and do four laps on a
circuit by yourself as part of a track day,
the brakes that you will need are very
different from the brakes you need for
racing 15 laps at a time close behind
another car with reduced airflow.
"It really depends what you're doing
with the car."
Mr Bates said the Brembos supplied
with the Evo provides you with a good base
package and there are some relatively
inexpensive ways to upgrade.
"The first step is to remove the dust
shields from the front brakes because they
retain massive amounts of heat and cause
lots of problems, but you need a licenced
mechanic to do that properly," he said.
"The ABS sensor runs through the dust
shields, and if not put back properly, you
will lose the ABS on your car.
"You should also wrap the ABS sensor
with a protective cover (Goodridge Heat
Shield is ideal) to protect it from radiant
heat from the disc."
Mr Bates said if you take a stock Evo to
the track it will boil the fluid after two or
three laps, especially if you haven't
removed the dust shield.
"Brake fluid absorbs moisture which
boils at a lower temperature than the brake
fluid, so old fluid should be replaced with
a suitable high performance brake fluid,"
"Installing braided lines will help to
improve the brake pedal as these do not
expand like rubber lines under extreme
conditions (Goodridge produce street-legal
braided line kits, available from V-Sport)."
Mr Bates said brake pads are the next
"Standard pads do not cope well with
the higher temperatures encountered on a
race track and should be replaced with
pads which can handle the higher
temperatures without fading or wearing
excessively," he said.
"You can choose pads which can handle
daily driving as well as track days, or
maybe opt for a more race oriented pad for
track days and keep the standard pads for
The second most important element on
a race ready Evo, according to Mr Bates, is
"Good tyres are a great way to get a lot
of speed out of the vehicle," he said.
"It's almost the most important
performance part on any car.
"Most Evo owners will use R-Spec tyres
(sometimes called 'semi-slicks') for track
"These tyres handle the higher
temperatures, provide a much higher level
of grip, and give better wear under track
conditions, thus preserving your street
tyres for daily driving."
Mr Bates said Evo owners often overlook
the third point -- safety -- because they
focus primarily on performance and speed.
"Safety equipment isn't going to make
your car go any faster, but in the event of
a big crash it could mean that you can
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