Every month in 2010, we’re interviewing a new Mitsubishi Evolution owner. For the third month of the year, we’ve got Hails from the UK with her Evo III GSR. Hails took some time away from moderating on Evo123 and the Mitsubishi Lancer Register to answer a few questions. Check it out!
What’s your real name? (Screen name?)
Where do you live?
(Slightly cold) Norfolk, UK
What do you do for a living?
What Mitsubishi(s) do you drive?
Evolution III GSR
How long have you had your Mitsubishi(s)?
What got you into Mitsubishi?
When I was growing up, my best mate always wanted a skyline, I always wanted an Evo. Earlys are my favourite without a doubt!
Got a favourite story to tell about your Mitsubishi?
Well I have had too many experiences in my 3 years of ownership. It’s been brilliant, even when things go wrong, you only have to get it in and the smile comes right back on your face! I guess one of the ones that makes me laugh alot is when a guy realises that its actually a female driving the Evo how it should be, I guess us women aren’t meant to!!
What are your goals for the car and how close are you to achieving them?
My goal when I got the car was to forge the engine and go for around 350-400 bhp. I’m probably hitting around 320 now, will my fully forged bottom end so now I just need to get a new boost controller and get it back on the dyno I also wanted to get a good time at Santa Pod (faster than 13.1 seconds) my best to date is 13.2 (which I don’t think was too terrible!) so I’m nearly there.
What was your favourite modification?
The vast amounts of Hello Kitty stuff in/on the Evo and my Pink Ralliart Stickers! Why? Because I’m a girl.
And the serious is answer is my Carbotech XP8 brake pads. The best brakes I’ve ever needed to stop with!
What’s next for your Mitsubishi?
Well unfortunately due to moving out to the countryside, my Evo’s up for sale. I’d like to get one more Santa Pod Run What Ya Brung Day in and a final trip to the dyno. Why? Santa Pod – I want the best time I can get before I say goodbye! and the Dyno Day to see what power gains I have got from where I started back in 2007.
Who has helped you the most along the way?
This one has got to go to my poor Dad!! He’s a mechanic by trade, and I may have taken some advantage of this along the way!
Who do you look up to in the Mitsubishi community?
Errrr…. Ex-Gtir has always been fantastically helpful and even looked at my car when I couldn’t figure it out! Evo3Ben because he was always at the end of the phone (even at 10pm before the Early Evo meet at Santa pod when I blew an intercooler pipe off!) and SolDave – Great friend and helped me a lot in sourcing items for my car.
Is there a particular shop you’d like to recommend?
Camskill. Very helpful and always know what your talking about, even if you don’t!
How often do you get together with other Mitsubishi owners in person?
As often as possible, I’ve made some very good friends in this community. (Not to mention me and the Other half met due to our cars!)
What challenges do you see the global Mitsubishi community facing in coming years?
I don’t forsee any other challenges than the ones we have to overcome already.
Spec list –
*Forged Engine – Parts used were – JE 85.5mm Pistons, Eagle H Beam Rods, New Oil Pump, New Water Pump, ARP Head Studs, ACL Main and Big end Bearings, HKS Cambelt & Balance Shaft Belts, HKS Cam Pulleys.
*Bailey Twin Piston Dump Valve
*NGK Blue HT Leads
*Ralliart 1 bar Actuator
*Unknown Exhaust (But we think HKS) with Decat
*Ostrich Emulator ECU
*Hard Pipes on intercooler
*Ostrich Emulator – mapped by Andy_F
*Dot 5.1 Fluid
*Carbotech XP8’s all round
*Calipers painted blue
*HEL Braided brake lines
*Cusco Brake Stopper
*Cusco Top Mounts
*GAB Sport Struts
*Larger ARB (Don’t know the make!)
*Cusco H Brace
*Helix Organic Clutch
*Plated Front Diff
*Black bonnet vents
*Carbon Air Vents
*Clear indicators and side repeaters
Mitsubishi Gearbox Magazine would like to thank Haley for taking the time to share a little bit about her Evo III with us. Evolution: Lancer Evo rolls on in 2010! Coming in April, we’ll be interviewing an Evo IV owner. At press, we still have no idea who that will be! Are you an Evo IV owner with a story to tell? Know one? PLEASE, let us know!