September 23, 2023


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Zero Lag: The MCRacing Twin-Charged Lancer Evo V

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When you forged your minds again to my occasion protection from the The Elite Showcase and Bandung JDM Fest in Indonesia earlier this 12 months, you’ll do not forget that I used to be blown away by the standard of the modified and customized vehicles on present. This archipelagic state in Southeast Asia has a thriving scene, and that was completely mirrored in what I noticed on the present flooring. Of all of the wonderful builds showcased at these two occasions although, one automotive that attended each actually stood out above all others – and never simply due to its coloration.

Okay, so the intense inexperienced paintwork could have initially caught my eye, nevertheless it solely took a break up re-evaluation into the engine bay to know that I wanted to shoot this very cool Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V GSR.


The Evo is the work of Andre Pratama from MCRacing in Jakarta. Whereas it’s technically not an MCR demo automotive (it’s owned and was commissioned by considered one of Andre’s good mates), it would as nicely be because it lives on the store full time. It even has a reputation: MCR-Inexperienced.

Andre isn’t any stranger to Evos. He’s well-known in Indonesian tuning circles for his work on Mitsubishi’s rally-bred efficiency sedan, and the MCR brand will be discovered on a variety of high-horsepower Lancers, most constructed for native quarter mile drag racing. Whereas the inexperienced machine isn’t quick on energy – Andre says 600 ponies now stay within the engine bay – it is a avenue automotive by means of and thru.


Earlier than we get to the bay and take a better take a look at the defining facet of MCR-Inexperienced, let’s have a look elsewhere across the automotive, beginning with the easy however very efficient inventory exterior. Properly, inventory Evo V bodywork a minimum of.


Mitsubishi blessed the fifth-gen Lancer Evolution with muscular traces proper out of the field, so Andre and the automotive’s proprietor noticed no want to remodel them. The paint, nevertheless, is a distinct story. The lime inexperienced is a customized contact that works an entire lot higher than it appears it could.


After which there are the wheels – completely fitted OG bronze anodized Volk Racing TE37s from RAYS, measuring 17×9-inch +22 in any respect 4 corners and wrapped up in Yokohama Advan Neova tires. Does a greater mixture even exist?!


I’m a sucker for clear, minimalist interiors, and MCR-Inexperienced’s cabin is so good it virtually appears like some sort of ‘trim to pattern’ manufacturing facility spec. Customized reupholstered Recaro SR7 seats with inexperienced inserts, a customized shifter boot and Nardi Traditional steering wheel with inexperienced stitching are the principle options, however diehard Mitsubishi fanatics will certainly recognize the model new Ralliart instrument cluster. Andre couldn’t go away it inventory although; its tachometer face has been changed with a Ralliart CJ4A Mirage MIVEC cluster equal that reads to 10,000rpm.


That brings us properly to the engine, which though doesn’t fairly rev to five-figure RPMs does hit the excessive fours, whereas making loads of energy from the opposite finish of the meter. It does this with twin-charging.


The Evo V’s 2.0L 4G63 engine is manufacturing facility turbocharged, and in inventory specification output a JDM-regulated 280hp – or thereabouts. By swapping the unique TD05 turbo for a big Precision 7685 (GT42 type) and turning up the enhance, MCR-Inexperienced’s engine is making greater than double that energy on pump gasoline. You’d anticipate some lag with this kind of setup, however the Norris Designs V3 Bolt On Supercharger Equipment eliminates it altogether.


When Andre ordered the equipment from Norris within the UK, he didn’t actually know what he was getting himself into. There aren’t too many twin-charged Evos round, and it was undoubtedly a primary for Indonesia. In preparation for the set up, the engine was rebuilt and elevated to 2.1L by means of a stroker crank, CP solid pistons and BC Racing H-beam rods. Up high, the DOHC 16V cylinder head was handled to GSC Energy Division billet camshafts, valves, springs and titanium retainers.

The turbo sits on a customized MCR exhaust manifold, and is plumbed with MCR cost pipes utilizing AdelWiggins clamps. There’s an HKS front-mount intercooler within the combine, plus a Bosch Motorsport drive-by-wire throttle physique, customized MCR chrome steel exhaust system, and AEM Infinity engine administration – Andre’s favourite.


What’s very cool about this twin-charger setup is the best way it operates. Not like different kits which run in a compound configuration, the Norris Designs improve permits the Eaton-based supercharger to run at decrease RPMs earlier than bypassing the blower by the best way of a butterfly valve so the turbocharger can take over.


From idle by means of to five,500rpm the valve is closed, so the supercharger is doing all of the work however the turbo continues to be spooling. After 5,500rpm, the valve opens permitting turbocharger enhance to enter the engine whereas a magnetic swap on the supercharger disengages its pulley. The end result is just not solely a linear power-band all the best way as much as 9,000rpm, however an engine that sounds merely unbelievable.

Getting the 600hp to the wheels is a close-ratio Lancer Evolution RS 5-speed gearbox with a Kansai Service remaining drive and an OS Giken triple-plate clutch, plus RS differentials with Cusco LSDs.


Bettering the dealing with is Tein 2-way adjustable coilovers with Swift springs, and a Brembo Evo X entrance brake improve that includes 355mm discs, 4-pot calipers and Countless pads. All suspension bushings have been swapped for brand spanking new polyurethane equivalents.


From begin to end, Andre put an enormous quantity of effort into MCR-Inexperienced, and the result’s a tremendous Evo V avenue automotive with all of the creature comforts (air con – an absolute should for Indonesia’s tropical local weather – and energy steering nonetheless current), and all of the efficiency for native roads you might ask for. I’ve nothing however main respect.

Rick Muda
Instagram: ardskellig

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