12th Jul2012

Less is More: Track Day STi

by Trent

 

Subaru WRX STi track car feature on CAMautoMag from CAMautoMag on Vimeo.

 

 

“Adding power makes you faster on the straights. Subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere”

-Sir Colin Chapman

 

Colin Chapman founded a small car company based around this philosophy. They made street and racing cars following this mantra, and most of the time it worked brilliantly and didn’t kill anyone. People (not necessarily the people who are running his company) still subscribe to his now legendary philosophy. Greg Valdez is one of those people.

Starting with an already modified 2005 STi, Greg did what Sir Chapman would approve of: he proceeded to rip heavy things out of it. All of the doors have been gutted. The glass windows in the rear doors have been replaced by acrylic, and the front windows are non existent. There is a, singular, Prodrive by Sparco racing seat (from his old race car) and a matching red Corbeau 5 point harness. A 353mm black suede Sparco steering wheel replaces the stock unit (and its pesky, heavy airbag), and a Splash short hub adapter and a WORKS Bell quick release make the wheel work. The interior is so spartan the controls for the center differential have been left hanging out next to the Kart Boy short throw shifter.

The car was already fairly modified when Greg bought it. The cage was already in there, the Stoptech ST60 big brake kit was already installed along with the Hawk DTC-70 pads in the front and the Pagid RS 14 pads in the rear. The APR extended wheel studs and Kics lug nuts were there too; however, the massive 18×10.5 Enkei RPF1’s and Pirelli race slicks were additions made by Greg. They fit under the Karlton fender flares rather nicely, and the flares accentuate the Cusco lip.

 

This car was known for it’s track ready suspension setup. A setup that never saw any real track time. The car has TEIN Super Racing coilovers at all 4 corners, with 16k spring rate springs in the front and 14k in the rear. Theres a GT Spec subframe brace, and a Carbing front strut tower bar and a tow hook up there too. The tow hook doesn’t work too well, so Greg added the pair in the front and another in the rear. There is also a mess of Cusco parts, including: a center brace, T brace, H brace, 22mm front AND rear sway bars, rear subframe brace, trailing arms and lateral links. Kartboy front and rear endlinks replace the OEM units. The roll center adjuster comes from Whiteline as does a racing version of their anti-lift kit. All of this does wonders, but is pushed aside when you notice the 30 POINT WRC SPEC ROLL CAGE. Let me say that again: A 30 POINT WRC SPEC ROLL CAGE. Serious really doesn’t begin to describe the cage. Most of the bushings have been replaced: Kart Boy shifter, transmission, and rear crossmember, TIC rear differential, and Beatrush propeller shaft bushings all occupy the places the old bushings.

 

The interior is non-existent, and the suspension is beyond serious. The motor has to be some crazy stroked out, big turbo monster right? Nope! Ladies and gentlemen, the very fast white Subaru is powered by what is essentially a COBB stage two tuned motor. It has a full turbo back Turbo XS exhaust, a COBB version 1 Accessport, a SPT short ram intake (with a very clever, homemade NACA duct feeding it), an APS equal length Ti header (that has been wrapped), a Koyo aluminum radiator and a 13 row Mocal oil cooler. This thing runs on 91 octane pump gas for crying out loud!

 

This combination of weight reduction (the car weighs just over 3000lbs with Greg in it, while a stock ’05 STi weighs just shy of 3300lbs WITHOUT a driver), heavy suspension modification and tuning (courtesy of the guys at Innovative Garage) and light power additions (that idiot kid who ALWAYS wants to race you in his STi? Stage 2 crew) have turned this “could be” track day terror into a car that laps the 2.2 mile East Course at Miller Motorsports Park in the mid 1:40’s. Less truly is more

Words and Photos by Michael Chandler, Video by Trent Bray

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06th Jul2012

Grown Up Project: Porsche 911 C4S

by Trent

996 Porsche 911 C4SSome of us grow up, others don’t. It’s a part of life. But it’s not always black and white. A grown up car doesn’t have to be a Camry or Accord. For Darrick, the owner of this 996 Porsche 911 C4S, this is his project that he’s still a kid at heart, but a kid with class.

[func-shun] Episode 8: Porsche 911 C4S Feature from [func-shun] on Vimeo.

Darrick caught the modding bug early on. He had a Mitsubishi Eclipse that he modified. His dad didn’t want him modifying any more cars and found a nice 1983 Rabbit for sale for $500 that he thought Darrick couldn’t modify…he was wrong. Darrick went to college in that Rabbit, and after a short time, he came home on a break and it already had Porsche wheels and H&R Springs.

Northwest Porsche 996

Many VW’s, mainly Passat’s have passed through Darrick’s hands over the years, but after getting an Audi S4 and starting to modify it, he looked over his “To-Do” list for his car and realized he could afford a Porsche with all he would put into the Audi. And with that, he sold his Audi and began looking for a 996 C4S. He specifically wanted the C4S for it’s wider fenders, Turbo front bumper, and Turbo brakes.

Carrera 4S

That would satisfy many people, but Darrick immediately called up Rotiform and ordered a set of 3-piece TMB wheels measuring 19×9.5″ in front and 19×12″ in back! The wheels have a machined face, with mirror polished pockets, and color-matched to the Porsche logo bolts. The detail is stunning!

Rotiform TMB on Porsche 911

Hugging over those wheels is a set of JIC Coilovers. But don’t get it wrong, these coilovers are meant to perform. Darrick plans to track this car and has installed an Agency Power roll cage to support that notion. This P-Car also has a set of adjustable sway bar end-links.

3-piece Porsche wheels

This is a Porsche, but seeing that this isn’t a turbo model, a little extra power was added with a Fab Speed exhaust and shifts shortened with a B&M unit with an EVOMS billet shift linkage upgrade. Darrick claims to be done for now with the car, and his wife is seeing to it. She wants Darrick to modify her Infiniti FX35 before he can touch his cars again.

Track Stance 996 911

This car is simple, elegant…grown up.

Words and Video by Trent Bray, Photos by Michael Chandler

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06th Jun2012

Impostor!

by Michael Chandler

 

I know some of you are going to just look at these pictures. I’m ok with that. What I’m not ok with is the odd chance that you’ll mis-label this base model RSX as a Type-S or a Type-R clone. It’s neither of those. It’s better than those.

 We’ve been following this car for a few years now. We used to see it at Supremacy Racing a lot, but we never really followed the build in detail. We would just ask “How is Ryan’s DC5 coming?” and Frank or Kel would say “It’s going good” and that was that. As you can see here, it has become very good.

 

Now, back to dispelling those Type-R/S myths: outside it’s sporting some, SOME, JDM ITR pieces such as the front bumper, red H badges and the Integra badge on the back. The fenders are just plain old JDM pieces, along with the sidemarkers. It’s sporting a full VIS Type R lip kit (front and rear lips and the side skirts), which accentuate the fine lines this RSX already has, and a TopOne splitter sits below said lip to help this thing move alone smoothly. A Buddy Club hood with Aero Catch hood pins round out the exterior modifications and keep the beating heart of this thing out of site, but not out of mind.

 

Much like the Telltale Heart, the motor lies out of sight. Tormenting those that attempt to cross it. That heart is a K24A2 with an RBC intake manifold and a SSR Race header, which dumps into a three inch K Teller exhaust. It might not seem like much, but like the red Civic from our Odd Couple article there’s not much to this car. That 2.4 liter mill resides in a wire-tucked engine bay (courtesy of Alex Prasop) and is held in place by a set of Innovative motor mounts. A RyWire millspec wiring harness connect, among other things, the Hondata ECU to the necessary bits of the engine. Necessary bits like the fuel injectors, which are attached and fed via a Golden Eagle Pro Series fuel rail. That jet black fuel rail sits in front of the trademark Wrinkle Red ITR valve cover, which sports a matching ITR spark plug cover.

Hanging off the engine is a six speed transmission from an RSX Type-S, which has been stuffed with oh so many goodies. An ITR limited slip diff has been added, along with the 5.0 final drive from a Honda CRV. The synchros have been upgraded to carbon pieces and the stock clutch has been tossed in favor of an Exedy piece.

The car rests upon a set of Enkei RPF1’s. The rears are 17×9 +22 with 235/45 Falken tires, while the fronts are almost the same, except they’re +35 and wrapped in fatter 255/45 Falkens. Behind those front split six spoke wheels is a Stoptech big brake kit and ITR control arms with PCI bushings. Behind the rear split six spoke wheels are Powerslot rotors and Hawk brake pads, Skunk2 control arms, a Beaks tie bar, an ASR subframe brace and a SPC camber kit. Tein Type Flex coilovers provide the stance, Stoptech steel braided brake lines provide the hydraulic pressure to reel this coupe in, and an Autopower 6 point roll cage keeps the occupants safe in case things go horribly wrong.

 

Speaking of the occupants, they sit in F1 Spec Type 3 seats and are held in place by Sparco harnesses. Course adjustments are made with the MOMO steering wheel, which is attached to an NRG adapter hub and quick release. Pertinent information is gathered from the Autometer Oil Presure and Water temperature gauges, the AEM UEGO wideband, and the Type-S gauge cluster. You perform your fancy footwork on a set of Mugen pedals.

 

This car started life as a ho-hum base model RSX, but after an infusion from it’s Type-R and Type-S brothers (and TSX and CRV cousins) this DC5 is better than the both of them.

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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01st Jun2012

The Gentleman’s Hot Rod: 426 Hemi Chrysler 300C

by Trent

fatchance 2.0 Hemi 300C“Holy $#!* that sounds awesome!” Nick exclaimed as we walked up to see John’s Chrysler 300. He wasn’t exaggerating either, the Mopar exhaust on this thing set the tone for the photo shoot. I’d been waiting since November to get a chance to shoot this car. I spoke to John about his car at the SEMA Show, and this was the first time our schedule’s aligned.

fatchance 2.0
By the time I could park my car, a group of teenagers had gathered around the car to ask questions. This thing gets attention EVERYWHERE. We then hopped in the car and toured through John’s hometown of Huntington Beach, CA. The re-done interior is a comfortable place to be as we cruise down the PCH to the photo shoot location. We begin to talk about the car you see here, fatchance 2.0 and the first iteration fatchance 1.0.


You see, John is a pivotal member in the LX(Charger, 300, Magnum) Community as he hosts Spring Fest, a gathering of LX vehicles every year and in previous years he has shown off his newest mods on his original Chrysler 300. Well Chrysler took notice of the attention he was getting and approached him with the idea of building the gentleman’s hot rod.

426 Hemi Chrysler 300C
300C on the PCH
The starting point was a 2011 Chrysler 300C with the 5.7L Hemi V8. Not a bad starting point, but things were kicked up a notch with an aluminum 426 cubic inch Mopar crate motor with a powder coated intake manifold. This gave the beast the power boost it needed to take on the bravest of cars. Mopar also supplied the Cold-Air Intake, fuel rails, strut tower bar, and Cat-back exhaust. As if that wasn’t enough, they added a 3.91 rear gear set for good measure. Despite a conservative tune right now, it will still throw you into your seat back!

426 Mopar crate motor
LX 300C at the beach
Most cars we shoot have the looks that kill, but also the ride from hell. Not so, here. What car would properly crane necks without the right stance? Universal Air stepped in and put an air ride system on it before most dealers even got to see the 2011 Chrysler 300. Accuair provided the air management system with their E-Level remote. This thing rides smooth and lays flat out when parked making fatchance 2.0 the first bagged 2011 Chrysler 300.

Bagged Chrysler 300 at the beach
The car sets itself over a set of USW Forged Uprise wheels measuring 22×9.5″ up front and 22×10.5″ out back wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires. The lips on the rear seem to stretch to the middle of the car. And filling in those wheels are SUV-sized Brembo 6-piston calipers and 15″ rotors. The rear rocking an equally massive 14″ rotor and 4-piston caliper.

FC 2.0 300
The body kit was designed by Xenon specifically for this car and Lanzini Bodyworks applied the white hue. Rounding out the modifications is a plethora of Billet Technology underhood pieces, BF Xenon foglights, Samco Silicone hoses, and Hilco Fasteners. Nothing was left untouched on this car in pursuit of perfection. The result, a car in it’s own class.

Hemi 300 driving
Chrysler 300C Airbag setup
Special thanks to John, and to Nick for helping me out on this shoot. John would like to thank Brett, his build partner.

Slammed Chrysler 300
fatchance interior

Words, Photos, and Video by Trent Bray

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22nd May2012

Wicked Evo VIII

by Michael Chandler

CAMautoMag Mitsubishi Evo
  Engine roaring, drums turning, and exhaust spewing. We walk into the dyno area at Ziptie Dynowerks to see this Evo pulling at the straps holding it to the dyno. “Pop-pop”, the exhaust spits as he lets off the gas. This Evo had just pulled down a baseline run of 400whp on Ziptie’s Mustang Dyno. Not bad, but there’s more to be had and this wicked Evo ensures it lives up to its reputation.

Lancer Evolution
 Dan, the owner of this Evo, works on jets for his day job. Driving a mundane car isn’t what he wants. He wants the adrenaline, the speed. His parents told him he could have any car he wanted when he was 16, as long as it wasn’t fast. He showed them, he bought a Ford Ranger…then swapped in a 302 V8! This kind of attitude, led to this build.

600HP Evo
 This wicked Evo starts off with a .040 overbore with forged pistons and rods. The motor breathes life into the Buschur Racing forward-facing manifold which lets the air spin the HTA GT3586R turbo and Tial Wastegate. Combined with a massive set of 1650cc FIC injectors, AEM fuel rail and fuel pressure regulator, and Walboro dual inline fuel pumps, all controlled by an AEM EMS, you know this car means business. It is cooled off by a Frozen Boost air to water intercooler.

Weds Sport and Brembo
 This build has been a year in the making. While Dan was stationed overseas, BJ, the owner of the One of a Kind Galant built this motor for him. The bottom end was buttoned up, but a ported cylinder head and a custom Magnaflow exhaust would be needed. And getting the power to the ground is an MR transmission swap with an Exedy twin-plate clutch.

Buschur Racing Manifold
 Dan spent a lot of time on the dyno getting this car tuned. Unfortunately, he was moving to a new base and time was limited. With it strapped to the rollers, the car made 529HP and 430 lb. ft. torque to the wheels at 28psi. No small figure, but there is more to come. The head gasket blew on the dyno, but the tuner knows 600whp is there.

4G63 in Evo 8
 The power is there, and the looks are pure Evo. An Evo IX front bumper helps accentuate the front. A set of Tein springs bring the car closer to the ground and keep the car on the road. The wheels are Weds Sport and bring some style to the profile, while the stock Brembo brakes bring the car to a halt.

AEM Gauges in Mitsubishi Evolution
 Future plans for the car include re-painting the stock brake calipers, getting that 600whp, and just enjoying the car to its fullest potential. After seeing this car make some pulls on that dyno, it needs to be driven, even if it does bite back every once in awhile.

Evo on dyno

Words and Video by Trent Bray, Photos by Michael Chandler

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25th Apr2012

Yes SiR: Honda Integra SiR-G

by Michael Chandler

 

We all face dilemmas: what am I going to have for lunch?  Should I put on pants today?  Whatever, but some of us have more unique problems.  Problems like: should I drive my VIP RL or my right hand drive Integra?  Omar had this problem, and he chose the Integra.

This Accord Integra comes straight from Japan, where we can only assume it lived a decent life.  It then came here, where dreams come true and everything is set up for the LHD life.  Not deterred, Omar began making this slightly used ’97 Integra his.

The first thing you notice about this DC2, other than the steering wheel being on the wrong side, are the bright white 16×8 Gab Sports wheels.  Those white wheels have black Falken Azenis tires mounted on them, and the whole wheel/tire combo is mounted on 4×114 Integra Type R hubs!  Those hubs came with the brakes and all the other what-have-you you get (except for the lower control arms!  Those are BLOX pieces) when you pull them off of an ITR.  Holding the car up, or keeping it down, are a set of Raceland coilovers.  Rounding out the suspension set up is an ASR subframe brace, which stiffens the rear and looks mighty fine while doing so.

 

The next things you’ll see when perusing the car are the little body accents that have been fitted.  Small, hardly noticeable things such as the Backyard Special front bumper and Carbon/Kevlar lip or the replica Mugen generation two spoiler or the OEM Honda window visors, side skirts and rear valences.  These, minute details pale in comparison to the pronounced carbon fiber hood and Integra Type R headlights.  To be frank, if you didn’t know what you were looking for you would think that this is how they come stock.

 

 

So we have established that it looks pretty, but how does it get along?  Is it still rocking the B18C mill it brought with it on the boat ride over?  Does it have some obnoxious, straight pipe exhaust?  Is there anything else under the hood besides the vin tag and radiator cap?!?  Allow me to answer all these questions, starting with the last one: yes.

The 1.8L VTEC mill has been replaced with a new hybrid motor!  A K24 block has been fitted with a K20 head and has been jammed under the hood.  Air conditioning and power steering did not make it under the hood, but a Karcepts A/C and power steering delete kit did.  The OEM intake manifold and throttle body are being used elsewhere (doorstop?) because Skunk2 pieces have replaced them.  The old fuel rail has also been turned into a giant comb upgraded to a Golden Eagle piece.  An SSR header exits to a 3 inch APEX’i exhaust now for a few reasons, but mostly because this whole setup is more powerful and sounds better.  A pair of Drive Shaft Shop axles get the power to the wheels, allowing this whole thing to get to moving.

 

Inside the cabin is where the magic happens!  Or it would have if this shoot of ours didn’t get rained out.  While I cant show you, I can tell you.  You sit in red Recaro seats, while Takata harnesses hold you firmly in place.  You grip a Personal steering wheel attached to a NRG quick release hub, and you change gears with a Circuit Hero shift knob atop the stock shifter wrapped in an ITR shift boot.  Your feet, when not on the pedals, rest upon ITR floor mats.

 

And there you have it.  A man was faced with a dilemma, and after some coaxing, he made the decision to drive his other awesome car that day.  Now should I have a can of frosting for lunch?..

 

 

-Words and Photos by Michael Chandler, Video by Trent Bray

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05th Apr2012

The Happy Couple: a pair of Subarus

by Trent

Couples do things together. Some buy matching outfits, others try to take an interest in the other’s hobby, and some build a pretty bad ass pair of Subarus. I’d like you to meet Sally and Shawn, and they are the latter.

Sally and Shawn have been coming out to Lap Battle from Wyoming for a little while now, and we’ve been able to see their cars change with each event. Sally drives the hawk-eye, while Shawn drives the blob-eye. While they do race together, they’re technically not in direct competition with each other; because, they’re in different classes. Sally has a legitimate car Shawn has a legitimate race car. Allow me to demonstrate the differences:

Under the hood Sally has a lot of bolt-ons you’d see on cars that never see track time. COBB Tuning intake and SF intake bring fresh air to the bigger VF39 turbocharger. A STi top mount intercooler (fitted with a Forge Motorsport blow off valve) helps cool down the pressurized air, while an Invidia cat-less downpipe channels the spent gasses into a Greddy Ti-C catback exhaust. A COBB Accessport watches over the whole operation, as a Walbro 255lph keeps the two and a half liter mill with all the fuel it needs and a Saikou Michi oil catch can gathers all the gunk and keeps it from screwing things up.

Shawn has gone with a different plan: build it better. He tore into the engine and tossed the OEM pistons, rods and bearings with offerings from Manly and ACL respectively. 1000Cc injectors from Injector Dynamics and a Bosch 044 fuel pump replace the smaller factory units, while the TGVs have been outright deleted. An 83mm KS Tech cold air intake feeds the AMS 900X rotated mount turbo kit. The compressed air flows through an APS front mount intercooler and into a ported and polished throttle body. Keeping the inside of this monstrous motor cool are a Koyo radiator, a custom oil cooler and an AquaMist water-methanol injection system. An Integrated Engineering surge tank ensures that there won’t be a fuel starvation issue, while a Fluidamper makes sure the engine doesn’t shake itself apart.

Harvey Epstein, of TheBoostCreepLTD, tuned both cars. Sally made 267awhp, while Shawn (who did everything except the tune and engine build) made 453awhp. What’s almost 200whp between boyfriend and girlfriend?

 

Both Shawn and Sally are on coilovers: Shawn with his BC Racing BR’s and Sally with her TEIN Monoflexes. Sally is packing a TEIN front strut tower bar to help stiffen up the front, and a Cusco piece out back to do the same. Kartboy subframe lockdown bolts and a COBB rear sway bar round out the chassis aids Sally has chosen to employ. Shawn is rocking a set of Whiteline swaybars, along with their Anti Lift Kit. Kartboy end links have been installed, and the knuckles have been converted to 05 STi units for good measure. Both cars had their race alignments and corner balancing work done at Innovative Garage

At first glance it would appear that the happy couple are on matching wheels, but if you look closer you’ll see that they’re just on similar sets. Shawn’s are a set of Work Emotion CR-Kais wrapped in Toyo RA-1s, while Sally is on a set of Drag DR-31s shod in Nitto NT-01s. Shawn’s are an inch bigger in diameter so as to fit the StopTech ST-60 big brake kit. A set of Carbotech XP12 pads fill the calipers and Motul 600 fluid runs through the stainless steel lines. Quantum brake ducts keep the massive brakes as cool as they can. Sally’s set up is no slouch: Hawk HPS pads out back are in the OEM calipers, and HP Plus pads are in the Brembo calipers she sourced in the front. Castrol SRF brake fluid provides the hydraulic boost needed to reel the car in.

Both cars have carbon fiber hoods, splitters and big wings; however, while Sally is rocking a STi rear wing, Shawn has a massive Kognition piece. Shawn’s hood is a Kaminari unit without a hood scoop (because of the front mount you see) and Sally’s is a Seibon OEM style piece, complete with big hood scoop (because of the top mount you see). Sally has an APR splitter and FUNKtion canards whereas Shawn has a custom splitter (made from a “Welcome to Wyoming” sign) and no canards.

Both interiors feature Sparco seats (Pro 2000 for Shawn, Evo for Sally) and six point harnesses. A set of Autometer gauges inform Shawn of all that is important, while an Innovative Motorsport vent mounted boost gauge tells Sally about how boost she’s cramming in to her motor.

 

They say that the couple that plays together, stays together and coming out to the race track once a month definitely counts as playing in my book. We look forward to seeing them at Lap Battle, and where ever else we run into these crazy kids and their pair of Subarus

 

-Words and Photos by Michael Chandler, Video by Trent Bray

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14th Mar2012

Shop Feature: Innovative Garage

by Michael Chandler

Innovative Garage in Utah

There used to be a quaint little shop in Orem that had a reputation for setting up the suspensions on some fast cars.  Unfortunately that shop is no more…in Orem. Yes, as you have probably heard Jason packed up Innovative Garage and moved it to Cottonwood Heights. I swung by, shot some photos and video and drank the Rockstar he offered me.

Honda and Acura road race cars

They’re still getting settled in at their new location (1346 Fort Union Boulevard, Cottonwood Heights, UT), but they are still offering all their usual services: from routine maintenance to race/track car prep and storage to driver coaching and track support.

Road Racing Civic

 

Racing supply shelf

Whats left to do?  Finish up the store front, set up the lounge, paint and keep doing business

import race cars

Innovative Garage shop feature from CAMautoMag on Vimeo.

Words and Photos by Michael Chandler

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18th Nov2011

Mouse’s 2006 Ford Mustang GT

by Trent

5.0L Mustang

This was one of the first cars we saw when we entered the SEMA Show this year. It was also one of the most memorable. Not just for the car itself, which is amazing, but for the story. You see Mouse Prosen, the owner of this car is a disabled veteran, cancer survivor, former U.S. Marine who drove this car all the way from South Carolina to Las Vegas, Nevada for the SEMA Show. Mouse even had the gas receipts ready for anyone who doubted him. This is quite the journey, and the car’s journey is nothing short of amazing.

Supercharged Ford MustangMouse knew he wanted a new Mustang back in 2006, but he didn’t want just anything. No stock black Mustang was going to satisfy him. He saw the Screaming Yellow Mustang and had to have it. After buying the Mustang, he couldn’t think of what he wanted to name it, and before he could, the car was wrecked into a tree after he blacked out coming home from a car show. The car saved his life, and he swore by it and bought another one just like it 3 weeks later. This time, he knew he needed a name, and after seeing the movie “Eragon”, he knew he had his name, Saphira.

Saphira is a dragon in that movie, and the engine definitely breathes fire. It features a built 4.6L motor stroked to 5.0L with Manley Pistons, H-Beam rods, billet crank, and ported and polished heads and throttle body. To top off this motor, a Paxton Novi 2300 Supercharger was attached with an air-to-air intercooler. This brings the total power to 720WHP on 89 octane pump gas! It is put to the ground through a short-shifter and an Axle Exchange 4″ Aluminum driveshaft. In case things get serious, there is a nitrous bottle hidden away in the back, but something tells me it won’t be needed anytime soon.

Baer Brakes on Mustang Stopping this dragon is no small task, and Baer Brakes and Discount Tire were up to the challenge. The 20″ Liquid Metal Wheels shod with Bridgestone tires from a Nissan GT-R perfectly showcase the brakes. Fortunately for Mouse, Baer and Discount Tire helped him on this project. When times were really rough for Mouse, his wife Alena knew what he needed, a car he could be proud of. After 18 major surgeries she told him to make the car of his dreams. This is the second time the car saved his life, he was dedicated to the build and he had many sponsors help him create his dream along the way. There are too many parts and sponsors to list here, but many people and companies stepped up to the plate. And to pass on those dreams, Mouse bought a bear from Ford where they donate another bear to a child with cancer and the proceeds to cancer research. In exchange, they also gave Mouse a bear and it always rides shotgun with him wherever he goes. It only gets moved to the back seat when his wife rides along.

Pinstriped MustangA very unique feature of this car is the pinstriping. This car was painstakingly striped by the late James Crawford. This car was the only car that he signed twice. After James passed away, his son Jimmy took hold of the reigns and pinstriped the amplifiers for Mouse. A lot of miscellaneous parts on the car were designed by Mouse like the Saphira brake light cover and antenna. The exterior also includes 3D Carbon Lower Louvers and many parts from Agent 47. The bumper and side skirts are by Roush Racing and look new despite this car being driven. Everything was thought through and the execution is immaculate.

Treo Audio in FordListening to this car’s audio system is a real treat, most systems that are built emphasize or over-emphasize the bass. The sound inside this car is clean and crisp. Using American-made TREO amplifiers and speakers and SSP subwoofers hooked to a Clarion deck, this car sounds great. But why do you need all that sound equipment when you have a 3″ Afco Headers and Magnaflow Exhaust to listen to? In the video below you get a short clip of this car driving away from the shoot, it sounds good!

Roadwire Interior in MustangThe interior was re-upholstered by Roadwire in yellow and black and it perfectly compliments the exterior. But the yellow carbon-fiber dash is where the party is at, literally. Many significant individuals have signed the dash for Mouse. Carroll Shelby, Steve Saleen, Jack Roush, Chip Foose, and more.

Mouse Prosen's MustangThe center console also was re-done and includes a mouse embroidered on.

5.0 Supercharged MustangThe dragon painted on the radiator cover help bring the dragon theme full circle, and fittingly it is in front of this motor. Anderson Motorsports custom made the intake to help this beast breathe. And by the sound of future plans, it seems like it’ll need to breathe. Mouse hopes to take this one day to the Texas Mile and crack off a 200MPH run. This is something we can all get behind.

Daily Driven show car

This car is a labor of love and passion. Mouse is a long-time Ford fan and dreamed to build this car. When going through some rough times, this car helped pull him through. Mouse would like to thank his sponsors, especially RoadWire who not only helped with the Interior, but also made the SEMA trip possible. Mouse has big plans for 2012, and we are excited to see how they unfold.

Words and Video by Trent Bray, Photos by Michael Chandler

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07th Nov2011

One of a Kind: Mitsubishi Galant

by Michael Chandler

If you ask most people what kind of Mitsubishi they would like you’ll hear a lot of Evolution and Eclipse responses, and a few Galant VR4 responses. You’ll get a few Starion responses, but that’s neither here nor there. The reason you’ll only get a few Galant VR4 responses is because they only sent around 3000 of the AWD turbocharged sedans to North America and because of that only the hardcore Mitsu fan boys and rally geeks know about them. This is not a turbocharged AWD rally special. This Galant is a lot cooler.

 

We’ve known of Broderick, the owner of this daily driven Galant, for a little bit. We’ve known his car longer. For a while this was unofficially the first 3.5L swapped Galant in the country. That made it special. The fact that it’s now packing a 3.9L stroker motor puts it up there with the AWD Galants.

The 3.9L 6G7X motor is all self built. A set of 1mm overbore 6G75 pistons are pumped by stock, forged 6G74 connecting rods attached to a stock 6G75 forged crankshaft. JE file to fit rings hug the pistons and ACL bearings keep everything moving smoothly. All that is stuffed into a .010 decked block, topped with ported and polished and shaved 6G75 non-MIVEC cylinder heads filled with stock 6G75 non-MIVEC camshafts topped with Fidanza adjustable cam gears. ARP main studs keep everything together.

A custom 3.5 inch short ram intake feeds air into a 90mm throttle body lifted from an Infiniti Q45. That is bolted to a 90mm Xcessive Manufacturing surge tank manifold with a port matched lower intake manifold. The fresh air is mixed with 91 octane; which finds it way to the combustion chamber through AeroQuip Starlite -6AN fuel lines, an Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator and Disturbing Motorsports billet -6AN fuel rails. It is ignited by a spark provided 8.5mm Magnacore spark plug wires via an 11.5 pound Braille daily use battery. The spent gasses exit through self made long tube headers, with 1 7/8 inch primaries, and a modified Greddy Ti-C cat back exhaust intended for a 3rd generation Eclipse.

The whole one off motor is held in a tucked and shaved engine bay (which Broderick did himself) by Prothane solid engine mounts. Untuned it put down 241 wheel horsepower and 239 lb/ft of torque.

 

An engine is useless if it can’t put the power down, and this thing can. A SPEC stage 2 carbon kevlar full face clutch and Fidanza 9 pound flywheel (held together by ARP flywheel bolts) transfer the power to the wheels via a 2003 Dodge Stratus R/T manual transaxle. A Megan short shifter connects the USDM trans to the JDM cabin (complete with a Greddy counterweight shift knob!), and Zaklee shifter base bushings and under hood shifter bushings keep the gear changes crisp.

The power physically contacts the ground through whatever rubber is wrapped around the big 18×9.5 Rota Torque wheels. Behind those split five spoke wheels are some Stoptech slotted rotors… For an Evo 8. That seems a little weird, but those calipers are the OEM Brembo Evo 8 units stuffed with PFC carbon metallic pads up front and Axxis pads in the rear. Technafit braided lines move the fluid that provides the squeeze.

 

The car sits very nicely. This stance comes courtesy of a set of KSport Kontrol Pro coilovers. It also handles very nicely thanks to said coilovers and a Suspension Techniques 24mm rear sway bar with Kartboy end links intended for use on a WRX STi front sway bar. The end links for the front sway bar are custom adjustable units, as is the rear tie bar. A Carbing front strut tower bar provides some stiffness in the front, along with some more under hood bling.

 

Outside are a lot of JDM and other assorted goodies. A Pre-facelift JDM front bumper and grill join with JDM headlights and a Monster FRP hood to create a face that looks all sorts of scary when it’s bearing down on you. A trunk spoiler from an M3, along with some carbon fiber trunk garnishments and JDM 3rd generation tail lights keep the rear end looking good as it pulls away. Apexcone 6000k HID’s light the way, and Redline hood struts keep the hood from falling on Broderick or anyone else who’s poking around under it.

 

The cabin is rather straightforward. A dry carbon fiber dash bezel, and regular carbon fiber shifter and center dash bezels add a bit of flare while AEM digital water temperature and oil pressure gauges and UEGO wideband display all pertinent information one would need.

When you ask people what kind of Mitsubishi they’d like, you probably won’t hear a lot of Galant answers but maybe this car will change that.


Words and photos by Michael Chandler, Video by Trent Bray

 

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