An Indonesian ex-rally for the road to revive Evo

Rally rallies have always been big in Indonesia, and for a long time, Mitsubishi rally cars have been a local favorite. So it is not surprising that Mitsubishi is popular in the enthusiastic market here as well.

The Lancer Evolution is definitely the kind of car everyone wants, but because it is so popular in Indonesia, it is difficult and expensive to find. And like other JDM performance cars, prices have only been one-way in the last few years.

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This is certainly not something unique for Indonesia; It’s not just about tidy cars everywhere and rising standards. If it is the right model, even an absolute basket case is going to be worth the good money. The Lancer Evolution II RST in question today was not in bad shape when its owner Hakim found it. It wasn’t just one piece.

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In the former life Evo was assembled in Indonesia, but somewhere along the line it was turned into an empty shell with its original roll cage and lots of boxes full of parts. Of course, not all the parts were there (surprise, surprise) and it took some time to find out what Hakim was missing and get Mitsubishi off the road again. Although now looking at the car, time was running out.

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If anyone looks at the photos of this Evo II and wonders why it looks like an Evo III, it depends on the judge’s choice when putting it back together. The factory Evo III kit is great to look at and fits with both Evo I and Evo II, so why not?

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The only other external change is the wheel, and Hakim has made an excellent choice here as well. Ultra-lightweight Desmond Regamaster Evos wrapped in four corners of a 16 × 8-inch fitment grace, Yokohama Neova tires. ISX coilovers then bring the Evo a little closer to the ground for some visual and handling enhancements.

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Despite the history of the Lancer assembly, Hakim’s rebuilding plans have always focused on turning it into a fast-moving road car and calling for an engine upgrade. The Evo is still running a 2.0L 4G63T, but thanks to a number of internal and external changes made by Progressive Motorsport in Bundung, it is now outputting 370hp. It’s a lot of lightweight Evo RS.

Inside, the Mitsubishi four-cylinder block contains CP forged pistons and manly forged connecting rods, while the top DOHC 16-valve cylinder head was treated with a full port and polished, large valve and aftermarket cams.

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The boost comes via a Turbosmart Hyper-Gate45 Westgate as well as a custom equal length header mounted Garrett Turbo. There is also a custom intake manifold, a complete stainless exhaust system and a Haltech engine management system in the mix.

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The driveline has also been properly operated, first thanks to a Cusco cross mission close-ratio gear kit to maximize engine power delivery. It is paired with an OS Geeken twin-plate clutch and front and rear Cusco limited slip differential.

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As a homologation model aimed at private rally parties, the Evo II RS was an empty-bone machine, and this was most evident in the cabin where the lack of vinyl door cards and audio equipment with wind-up windows was the norm. As mentioned earlier, a roll cage was added to the car for use in the competition, so Hakim retained it and built it on a motorsport theme.

Additions include a pair of Sparko Evo 2 seats with sablet harness belts, a rearward steering wheel and shift knob, and some defi gauges. That ‘ALS’ switch hasn’t worked since the rebuild, but anti-lag won’t be out of place today.

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Project cars can be awesome at best, so congratulations to Hakim for seeing nothing but an empty shell to complete it.

Rick time
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