02nd Mar2016

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by Michael Chandler

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09th Feb2016

I Blame Dallin

by Michael Chandler

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I blame him for me desire for an Evo X.  Why’d you have to build such a cool one Dallin?  HUH?!?

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28th May2015

When the Flame Dies Out

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

Nothing lasts forever.  Memories fade, seasons change, and projects run their course.  Such is the case with La Flama Blanca, Dallion Felton’s Evo X street car/RallySport Direct’s project car.  After two years and 80,000 miles, it was time to say goodbye.  So I made Dallin, and his little doge Hiroshi, drive to an office park so I could say goodbye to the car.  And also to play with his dog, but mostly to say goodbye to the car.

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The car looks mostly the same, sans all the vinyl decals.

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It still has the APR splitter, vortex generators and GTC 300 wing.  It sits on the same red 18×10.5 Volk TE37RTs, and it still has the Ohlins coilovers.  To be honest, this thing is pretty much the exact same as it was back in February.  That’s not a bad thing at all.  Back then it put down a healthy 293 horsepower and 289 lb/ft of torque, which is pretty good considering what power adders were installed.

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Fairly simple straight forward things: Tomei Titanium cat-back, test pipe, Big Mouth downpipe, and upper intercooler pipe.  A Mishimoto intercooler, oil cooler, and radiator are things you would find on a lot of street driven Evo Xs, as are the AEM intake and TurboSmart blow off valve.  The biggest changes are ones you can’t see.

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Those big changes?  A set of 1300cc fuel injectors from Injector Dynamics, a Cosworth high volume fuel rail, a TurboSmart fuel pressure regulator, and an AEM E85 capable 320lph fuel pump cradled in a Cobb Tuning fuel pump holder.  Oh, and a Cavalli Stage 2 Turbo.  The ball bearing, single scroll turbo has a 58mm inducer and 56mm exducer, and fits like the OEM turbo.  Despite fitting like the stock turbo, it makes more power than the stock turbo.  How much more?  With a fresh tune on 91 octane the car put down 330 horsepower and 277 lb/ft of torque.  On a  tune optimized for E70 (ethanol, corn fuel, stuff you can’t get at a pump in Salt Lake County as far as I know) it made 408 horsepower and 345 lb/ft of torque!

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Those are respectable numbers for a street car!  And there’s more room for the next owner to turn up the heat.  The turbo can move enough air for 600 horsepower.  And yes, I said next owner.  By now the car, and many of its parts have found new homes with other Evo Xs.  Fear not, Dallin is on to bigger and better things.

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And he still has his dog.

BONUS GALLERY!!!

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10th Feb2015

La Flama Blanca

by Michael Chandler

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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There is a healthy amount of APR Performance products on the car.  From the front splitter to the big GTC-300 wing.

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Even the Vortex Generator is an APR piece!  The short antennae is from Cusco, and calling it short is very generous.

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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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30th May2013

Road Race Motorsports Lancer GTS Turbo

by Michael Chandler

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These are some old photos.  Really old.  Two years to be exact.  We traveled to California to shoot photos of this and a Nissan Cube show car.  These didn’t see the light of day because, well, we had no idea what was done to the car beyond what we could see.  Our contact had something suddenly come up at the last minute, and wasn’t around for the shoot.

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See, what used to happen was while one of us was shooting photos or video, the other was talking to the owner and getting a mod list or making arrangements to have one emailed to us.  Since our guy wasn’t available, we had nothing.  However, we did have some basic information on this Lancer GTS and the endless power of the internet.  Here’s what we’ve come up with

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First, it’s turbocharged.  Road Race Motorsports developed a turbokit for the n/a front wheel driver Lancer GTS which is based around a 16g/GT3 snail.  Between that hair dryer, the front mount, Tial wastegate and other bits add up to 100hp over stock!

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CarbonTrix provided a lot of carbon fiber parts: fuse box cover, radiator block off plate, hood, front and rear lips, grill, the Evo Extreme hood, the trunk lip spoiler and rear diffuser.  The fit and finish of these parts was top notch.

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With the added power, the car needed to be able to haul itself to a stop and be able to turn properly.  So a Rotora six pot big brake kit has been installed, and sits behind a set of BBS wheels.  Brake cooling ducts keep the brakes at a safe temperature, and a strut tower bar in the front helps the Tein coliovers to do their job of letting this Lancer carve some corners.

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The car was/is sporting a center exit exhaust.  It fit well within the diffuser.

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Inside there are a pair of Aero Design carbon/kevlar seats, Sparco harnesses, and a harness bar/rear roll cage.

Is this story over due?  Very much so.  Was it worth waiting to have as much correct information as possible?  Also yes.

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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22nd May2012

Wicked Evo VIII

by Michael Chandler

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  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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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Words and Video by Trent Bray, Photos by Michael Chandler

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20th Apr2012

Photo Friday

by Michael Chandler

Is it Friday already?  Sweet!  That means tomorrow I’ll be out at Miller Motorsports Park for Lap Battle and NASA racing tomorrow!  It also means two new wallpapers for you to download and stare at lovingly!  As always: right click, view image, save image

 

The UtahHondas.net meet brought out over 500 cars, including this pair of Evos.  It’s always nice seeing Mitsubishi’s rally box out and about, and it’s even better when you can see two generations parked next to each other like these two.

 

This is an upcoming feature, but I like the photo so much I’m dropping it early.  The shoot got rained out, but we got this Integra SiR shot in the nick of time!

 

-Michael Chandler

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26th Mar2012

UtahHondas.net Spring Meet

by Michael Chandler

For the fifth year, UtahHondas.net held their annual Spring meet at Barnes Park in Kaysville, UT.  The meet has grown in size every year since its inception, and this year was no different.  Over 500 cars made the trek to the small town, conquered two parking lots and part of the street!  Every make is welcomed at the meet, from Scions to Subarus to Toyotas to BMWs, there was even a pretty clean Charger R/T hanging out.

I snagged some photos, but if you’re still hungry there are plenty more on UtahHondas

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Words and Photos by Michael Chandler

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