It’s been a while since we have featured an older Lancer Evolution here on Mitsubishi Gearbox. Well, that’s about to change. We contacted our good friend Jason from Australia about his Lancer Evolution IV. So sit back, meet Jason and read about his daily driven, track loving Evo IV.
What’s your real name? (What’s your screen name?)
Jason Andrews EVILLUSION (EVIL + ILLUSION) Because most people think it is a kitted Lancer.
What do you do for a living and where do you live?
I am a major smash repairer. I live near Beaudesert QLD Australia.
What Mitsubishi(s) do you drive? How long have you had it/them?
The EVO IV is the first Mitsu I have owned, I have had it for approximately 4 years.
What’s your build philosophy/goals for your Mitsubishi? How do you use it?
My goal was for a quick street car that I could use for autocross and that type of event.
What originally attracted you to the Mitsubishi? What keeps you going today?
The AWD platform and performance potential, I love everything about it, it’s a stunning car, and I have designed it myself so that makes me proud.
Got a favorite story about your Mitsubishi?
Running 11.79 @ 118.6 mph on my second only pass at the drags with the new motor in full street trim.
How is the Mitsubishi and Evo community in Australia?
Australia used to be very WRX and Skyline oriented however the popularity of the EVO is starting to take hold.
What are your goals for your Mitsubishi and how close are you to achieving them?
My goals are to reach 400whp, I am currently making 350whp on straight pump fuel, I hope to add water/meth injection soon and that should see me very close.
What was your favorite modification and why?
I would have to say the HKS cams, they sound awesome.
Your mod list:
FP White Rabbit turbo
SCAT steel rods
MANLEY Sport Comp pistons, 20tho oversize
Rotating Assembly balanced and blue printed
Ported cyl head
HKS 272 cams
BOSCH 044 fuel pump, surge tank
SARD 800cc injectors
OGURA 409D clutch modified by DIRECT CLUTCH SERVICES
JIC MAJIC FLT2-A coil overs
Tell us about something really exciting you’ve done with other Mitsubishi owners.
I attended my first Evo Nationals organized by the Aus forum I am on, this comprised of a track day at Lakeside raceway, and a hill climb at Mt. Cotton, that was fun for me as it was my first time at the track.
Tell us about a time something broke and what it took to fix it.
I have broken every drive train component in this can, the last time was the engine and that took approximately 6 months to rebuild.
What’s the best part about being a Mitsubishi owner? The most challenging?
The best part is the enjoyment of owning an awesome car, the most challenging is finding a good mechanic that knows these cars.
What excites you about the coming year? (Your Mitsu and your community)
The car is presently complete as far as my previous goals are concerned so I am enjoying it, I am hoping to move to phase two of the “evolution’ of it by the middle of next year when I can fit the water/meth injection and hopefully get close to 10 sec 1/4 mile and 400whp.
How often do you get together with other Mitsubishi owners in person?
We usually go for a cruise about once a month through the mountains and then a lunch somewhere.
Your thoughts on those who part out otherwise salvageable cars?
This has helped me on more than one occasion, so I am all for it, parts are quite hard to come by second hand over here.
How has your Mitsubishi build benefited from your involvement in the community?
In so many ways, I would not still have it if not for my getting involved with the forums, especially for the knowledge and contacts I have gained, this has helped me greatly.
What’s next for your Mitsubishi?
Basically more power, but I haven’t really decided on where I want to go with it, as it stands it is the perfect package.
Who has helped you the most along the way with the car? Any mentors?
Nick Ashwyn and Neal from Neal Lowe Motorsports have helped me the most with the car with looking after me when I have broken things and given me guidance.
How have you paid this forward and mentored others?
I have paid for it all out of my own hard earned money though the engine build I had to get a loan as it was over 10K, I try and offer advice to others on the forums drawing on my own trials and tribulations hoping that they can learn from my mistakes and misfortunes.
Is there a particular shop you’d like to recommend?
APC at Underwood (Advanced Performance Centre) home of the words quickest Evo for tuning my car. Neal Lowe Motorsports for their knowledge and assistance. Jack Bros engineering for building my short block and porting the cylinder head.
Do you spend time on any Mitsubishi sites? Which ones? Are you on Twitter? Facebook? Where can people find you online?
I am a moderator on EvolutionOz.net which I am on every day. I am an Administrator on LancerLogic.com, and I am a member of Mitsu-Media.com and EVOwned.com as well.