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Quite often in the world of modified cars, we envisage what a build will look like when it gets to the finish line. As we set out on the long journey of modifying and building cars, it’s easy to overstretch and lose sight of our initial goals.

We’re all too familiar with purchasing a daily car with slight mods in mind. Turn the chapter a few years and it’s easy to over-modify, so much so, that in some instances it turns into a track car or a show car.

For 26 year old TLD Platinum member Jake, the stereotypical story went a little differently. He set a target back in 2014 and unlike many first builds, managed to achieve the perfect balance of aesthetics and power.

His goal? To build the ultimate EVO that could be driven on the street, have a presence at car shows and be capable at the track.




Coming from a Honda S2000, Jake wanted to continue the fun, but in something a little more practical. He set his eyes on an EVO. The potential and capability of the platform, as well as it’s wealth of aftermarket support has made it an iconic tuning platform, and for Jake, it was the perfect fit.

Starting with a stock EVO IX, the journey of over five years culminated into three key components. Power, bodywork and paint.

On the power front, it’s a solid 10 second chassis putting out 415kW/556HP at 35psi. Not being a fan of ‘off the shelf kits’, the bodywork on Jake’s EVO comprises of mix and match parts along with some custom work. The striking paint that frequently appears on our Instagram news feeds is an OEM mix specially formulated from Porsche – Riviera Blue.




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Spending countless hours online, Jake trawled through forums and Instagram profiles looking for inspiration.

Exterior wise, at the front, he opted for some genuine APR parts including widebody fenders, an APR front bar and a matching carbon fibre splitter. Wanting to be unique on the rear, he got custom metalwork done on the arches. A VARIS rear diffuser and side skirts nicely finish off the lower profile of the car.

Performance wise, the EVO has a full flex tune by Benchmark solutions; utilising a Powertune built 2.0LR engine package strapped with a Borg Warner EFR 7670 1.04 twin scroll turbo.


Rays Volk TE37 MK2 Wheels. 18 x 10.5.
VARIS side skirts and rear diffuser.
Custom metalwork widebody rear arches.
APR front fenders custom moulded onto OEM fenders.



Putting it all together



To balance the car in terms of retaining practicality, Jake paid extra attention to the handling department.

Wrapped around the Rays Volk TE37V MK2 wheels are ultra high performance, grip enhancing Hankook Ventus RS3 tyres.

Strengthening throughout the car is achieved with an Ultra Racing 4 Point rear boot brace, an X3E front strut brace and a Cusco front brace, modified to fit the intercooler.

Suspension is handled by BC BR coilovers, with Hardrace rear camber arms and toe arms, along with EVO X camber adjustment bolts. For practicality and maneuverability, an aircup lift system by StanceParts has been fitted to the front.


Hankook Ventus RS3 Tyres. 285/40/18.
C-WEST carbon fibre hood.
Genuine APR EVO IX widebody front bar.
Modified CUSCO front brace.



Looking into the future and having accomplished what he initially set out to, Jake admits that he doesn’t have much more planned for the EVO.

An ECU and dash setup is on the cards, along with a bit more power.

“I’d like to think i’m done. Some roll racing and to drop under 10 seconds at the drag would be nice!” Jake tells us.

Recognitions on the build go out to Benchmark Solutions, Sharpline Smash Repairs and Ryde Rigs.







To build the ultimate street EVO, Jake spent countless hours researching and curated a unique blend of parts. Explore his extensive list of mods in the sections below.


  • Benchmark/Powertune built 2.0LR engine package
    • CP Pistons, Carrillo Pro-H 156mm conrod
    • ACL Race, main and rod bearing. STD size
    • ACL thrust washer
    • ARP main stud kit
    • GSC Race balance shaft delete kit
    • Mitsubishi genuine oil pump
    • Mitsubishi genuine master gasket set
    • Radium fuel rail OEM kit with pulsation damper
  • Borg Warner EFR 7670 1.04 Twin scroll turbo with speed sensor
  • Turbosmart EFR internal BOV
  • Twin Turbosmart wastegates
  • Brand new OEM EVO 9 Mivec head (3k kms use)
  • ID1700x injectors
  • Turbosmart FPR1200v2 fuel regulator
  • Hypertune billet 14mm fuel rail
  • AT Performance catch can. 1/2NPT to 8AN adapters for rocker cover
    • 2x 8AN breather lines to can
    • 1x 10AN recirculating
    • Stainless steel braided lines
  • 4” K&N intake
  • New OEM Radiator
  • Fabtech Global turbo outlet
  • Fabtech Global Plumb back wastegate piping (ceramic coated black) (vband & included titanium bonnet screamers)
  • Fabtech Global 3.5” turbo back exhaust. Full system. Vband
  • SMB Vband exhaust tip + 3.5” Vband straight pipe exhaust tip
  • Fabtech Global
  • Fabtech Global exhaust manifold (ceramic coated black)
  • Fabtech Global slim rad fan 
  • Fabtech Global intake pipe
  • Fabtech Global hot and coldside intercooler piping
  • Hypertune intake plenum
  • Hypertune 76mm throttle body
  • Hypertune Intercooler & billet end tanks
  • MAFLESS Speed density tune full flex tune
  • Kansai style intake box
  • GSC S2 Cams, Springs and Retainers
  • 3 Port boost solenoid
  • STM Coolant overflow bottle and Stainless steel braided lines
  • Unknown performance billet mini battery tray and EXT20L 310CCA Battery
  • MC high amp alternator
  • Tomei engine cover and oil cap
  • Black powder coated mivec rocker cover
  • Benchmark Solutions double pump fuel system
    • Billet twin pump fuel hanger with 2x Walbro 460 pumps
    • PnP wiring harness to suit pumps
  • Fuel feed and return with Earls 8AN / 6AN
    • Speedflow fittings to suit
    • Honeywell Hobbs switch for pump switching


  • OEM 6 speed replaced with EVO 8 ADM 5 speed box
  • PPG output shaft
  • M Factory carbon synchro kit
  • Triple plate EXEDY clutch
  • Evo 10RS rear diff & Dryden fitting kit


  • Benchmark V2 Flexfuel system with OLED display
  • Recaro SR2s on lowered seat rails
  • AEM Wideband
  • Titanium Shift Knob
  • White LED Interior lights
  • JOYING double din headunit
  • Carbon Fibre handbrake handle
  • Upgraded speakers
  • Sub and amp in boot
  • Front blackvue dashcam


  • Professionally stripped and resprayed Porsche Riviera blue
  • Engine bay stripped and painted Porsche Riviera blue
  • Brembos painted gunmetal with black stickers
  • Custom Metalwork widebody rear arches
  • Tinted windows (20% front 15% rear)
  • Carbon rear trunk lip
  • Custom duckbill wingless boot (spare boot)
  • Varis rear diffuser
  • Genuine Varis sideskirts
  • C-WEST carbon fibre hood
  • Carbon fiber indicator ganadors with blue tinge mirrors
  • Genuine APR front fenders custom moulded onto oem fenders
  • Genuine APR Evo 9 Widebody front bar
  • Genuine APR Carbon fibre splitter
  • USDM Evo Tail lights
  • Roof and Window Visors
  • Professionally detailed and ceramic coated by R.H. Detailing
  • Evo 7 GTA clear indicator Lense and Blacked out Evo 9 headlights


  • Rays Volk TE37V MK2 wheels
    • 18×10.5 (f/r)
    • Painted black
    • Blue te37sl spoke stickers
  • Hankook Ventus RS3 tires – 285/40/18 (f/r)


  • BC BR Coilovers
  • Ultra 4 Point rear boot brace
  • Brembo rotors and pads
  • X3E Front strut brace
  • Cusco front brace (modified to fit intercooler) 
  • Ralliart bushes
  • Hardrace rear camber arms
  • Hardrace rear Toe arms
  • Evo X camber adjustment bolts
  • Stance parts aircups lift system for the front