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.
The car looks mostly the same, sans all the vinyl decals.
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.
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.
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!
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.
And he still has his dog.