If you’re familiar with RallySport Direct, then you’ve undoubtedly seen this car. If you think that this is the company’s car and I had to twist a bunch of arms to be able to take pictures of it, then you’d be wrong. All I had to do was ask Dallin Felton, because he’s the guy who drives it and has been molding it into what you see here.
Dallin is a regular guy, just like any of us. The biggest difference is that he happens to work for RallySport Direct, whereas we do not. That, and he has a history of building some awesome cars. He had a Daytona Violet M3 and a Voltex Evo VIII, so having him take the reigns of the Evo X project wasn’t that huge of a stretch or risk.
White is the color of choice for the Evo, as it is for the rest of the RSD fleet; however, this one is accented not with blue, gray and pink like the rest of the cars. It’s strictly white and red, aside from the windshield banner of course. For everyday use the car rolls on a set of 18×10.5 Volk Racing TE37RTs, covered by a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE760’s. The Potenza’s measure in at a healthy 275/35. Behind the red Volks you see the factory red Brembo brake calipers and the Stoptech slotted rotors they clamp down on. The slotted rotors are part of Stoptech’s Sport Kit which comprises of the slotted rotors (front and rear), stainless steel brake lines and their Street Performance brake pads.
The car has an aggressive stance, but not crazy like a Bond villain. The Ohlins Road and Track coilovers allow for the height adjustment, while a lengthy list of Whiteline components (ball socket end links, 27mm sway bars, control arm bushings and rear control arms, and roll kit) round out the rest of the suspension set up. Why the high dollar coilovers and half the Whiteline catalog? Because La Flama Blanca goes and gets it on the autocross course in the Street Mod class. That’s also why there’s a set of 18×10 Advan RZ’s with Hoosier A6s sitting in the garage.
There is a healthy amount of APR Performance products on the car. From the front splitter to the big GTC-300 wing.
Even the Vortex Generator is an APR piece! The short antennae is from Cusco, and calling it short is very generous.
There’s no massive diffuser, or uber rare bumper on the back of the car. It’s almost entirely factory save for the APR spoiler, a La Flama Blanca decal, and the tip of a Tomei Titanium cat-back exhaust. Ahead of that is a Tomei test pipe and Big Mouth down pipe. There’s also a Tomei upper intercooler pipe made of Titanium. Aside from the shiny pipe and the TurboSmart Dual Port blow off valve, there’s nothing screaming performance about the car. The AMS front lower motor mount and shifter bushings are hidden down under the motor, and the Exedy twin plate clutch is a piece that never sees the light of day. Even the interior is deceivingly pedestrian, save for the AEM UEGO, AccessPORT V3, Fat Perrin shift knob.
All of that go fast stuff you don’t see, or don’t notice because you’re used to seeing EVERY Evo X with parts like that, adds up. The numbers they add to are 293 horsepower to the wheels and 289 lb/ft of torque. That ain’t bad, but it’s also subject to change. If you owned a company that sells parts for a living, wouldn’t you want to throw a bigger intercooler or turbo or cams or whatever else suits your fancy at your shop car? Stick around.
Words and photos by Michael Chandler
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