Despite the Lancer’s rally history, Hakim’s plan for the rebuild always centered around making it into a quick street car, and that called for an engine upgrade. The Evo is still running a 2.0L 4G63T, but thanks to a number of internal and external modifications made by Progressive Motorsport in Bundung, it’s now outputting 370hp. That’s plenty in a lightweight Evo RS.
Inside, the Mitsubishi four-cylinder block features CP forged pistons and Manley forged connecting rods, while up top the DOHC 16-valve cylinder head was treated to a full port and polish, bigger valves and aftermarket cams.
Boost comes via a Garrett turbo mounted on a custom equal-length header alongside a Turbosmart Hyper-Gate45 wastegate. There’s also a custom intake manifold, full stainless exhaust system and a Haltech engine management system in the mix.
The driveline has been suitably uprated too, thanks first to a Cusco Cross Mission close-ratio gear kit to make the most of the engine’s power delivery. This is joined by a OS Giken twin-plate clutch, and Cusco limited slip differentials front and rear.
As a homologation model aimed at privateer rally teams, the Evo II RS was a bare bones machine, and that’s most evident in the cabin where vinyl door cards with wind-up windows and a lack of audio equipment were standard spec. As mentioned earlier, this car also had a roll cage added for its competition use, so Hakim retained that and built on the motorsport theme.
Additions include a pair of Sparco Evo 2 seats with Sabelt harness belts, a Ralliart steering wheel and shift knob, and some Defi gauges. That ‘ALS’ switch hasn’t been operable since the rebuild, but anti-lag surely wouldn’t be out of place today.
Project cars can be daunting at the best of times, so hats off to Hakim for seeing this one through to completion from nothing more than a bare shell.
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