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– Words: Ryan Lewis. Photos: MJ Digital.

Ryan Way is one of those guys who has worked hard to get where he is. Years of dreaming, planning, hard work and then, finally, the pay off. This super neat Lancer Evolution is his, and it hasn’t happened without a great deal of effort. We sat down for a chat while Jason snapped away with the camera. “Back in 2001 when I was 18, I saw the first picture of an Evo 7,” says Ryan. “Right then I knew I had to have an Evolution of some sort. There was something about those aggressive lines, the turbo power with AWD and that huge rear spoiler that had me hooked!”

“Fast forward to 2008. I’m 25 years old and I have literally been saving for years to buy my Evo.” Anyone who has looked into them before will know how many varieties are out there. It makes sense to do your homework. “I was getting close to my goal, so I jumped onto the Australian Evo forums,, and started to dig around for as much information as I could get about Evos!”

“After months and months of gathering information, I finally decided to purchase an Evolution 8 MR in white. It had a larger fuel tank, blacked out lights and was just generally bad ass! So I picked up the phone and called the importer. He said no problem! It just so happened they had recently purchased one in Japan. He sent me over the pictures and the details. It was a stock white 8MR with 39,000kms. I said “I’ll take it.”

“After I put my deposit down it was time to look at some mods. I joined in a group buy on the forum for Eibach springs, then ordered some Cusco bits! I bought a new fuel pump, ignition leads and second hand Evolution IX seats, front and rear. I had all these parts sitting at home before the Evo had even arrived in Australia!”

“Before long it’s October 2008. I get the call to say that my Evo has arrived. I made a sound like an excited school girl! My Dad and I drove over to inspect the car and it was so clean. Even after putting it up on the hoist everything was just right. I took it for a test drive and I loved it, so I drove it home!”

“As soon as I got the car in the driveway I changed the seats over to the Aussie bum friendly Evo 9 ones. Then the driving started! I did about 800kms in two days. I was in love. I showed my new pride and joy to everyone I knew!”

“Then came a flurry of mods. All the Cusco gear went in as well as the fuel pump. Then I needed an exhaust. I called up TurboXS and ordered their kit. After a tune at IS Motoring Racing I managed to get 208awkW. I was happy with that! It has stayed at that power for four years with no issues, but all that is about to change.”

“Over the years I have been through countless modifications, but my favourite has to be my new wheels.” Most of you will know that there’s nothing quite like quality Japanese wheels. “They’re Work Emotion XT7s in 18×9.5 +30 all ‘round. I think they look great in the gunmetal colour and really set the car off!”

One of the main things you notice about Ryan’s immaculate Evo is all the carbon fibre accenting it. Despite Ryan’s love for the giant factory wing as an 18 year old, these days he opts to go for a much more subtle look with a Rexspeed boot lip instead. It’s one small mod that really changes the look of the car, and we like it a lot.

Ryan is more than just a solo Evo owner, he’s committed to the wider Evo community in Australia. “Just recently I was offered a moderator spot on I took the position to give back to the community that has helped me so much over the last four years. I have made many friends from the car forums that I regularly visit. And I am keen to make some more!”

The future of this Evo holds a lot more power. Ryan’s new turbo has already been installed, same goes for the Turbosmart fuel pressure regulator. Bigger injectors are waiting in the wings to be fitted when it comes time to tune it. “Hopefully with the new setup I will net about 250awkW on 98-octane and 280awkW on E85. Should be good for the next few years!”


2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR

– MAP EF2 Turbo
– FIC 1050cc injectors
– Turbosmart Fuel Pressure Regulator
– M&W COP kit
– Silicone intake pipe with K&N oval pod filter
– NGK ignition leads
– Walbro 255l/h fuel pump
– Mynes hood dampeners
– MEEK cast turbo outlet and hotside pipe
– Invidia dump pipe
– TurboXS 3″ dump back including hi-flow metal cat with oval muffler

– Standard Bilstein shocks with Eibach Pro Kit springs
– BC BR Coilovers (F: 7kg R: 8kg) to be installed
– Cusco front and rear swaybars
– Cusco Type OS front strut brace with brake master cylinder booster
– Cusco Type OS rear strut brace
– Goodridge braided brake lines
– DBA 4000 slotted rotors front and back
– Girodisc Magicpads for street use
– SuperPro rear diff bushes

– Gunmetal Work Emotion XT7 18×9.5 +30 with Federal 595SS for daily duties
– Standard 17×8 Enkeis powdercoated satin black wrapped in Kumho Ecsta XS (KU36) 235/45/17

– Evolution IX rear bumper
– White vortex generator
– 25% Tinted windows
– Blacked out front and rear Mitsubishi badges
– Rexpeed carbon side skirts
– Rexpeed Varis style carbon rear diffuser
– Seibon Duluck style carbon front lip
– Rexpeed boot lip spoiler
– Beatrush front numberplate holder

– Ralliart titanium pedals
– Ralliart Carbon Double Din surround
– Ralliart 6MT carbon surround
– Ralliart black gearknob
– Evolution IX seats, front and back
– Front power window control surround in carbon fibre print
– Rexpeed carbon dash surround
– Carbon look leather gear boot with red stitching

– Kenwood DNX5360 6.1″ double din head unit with dvd/ipod/usb and navigation
– JL Audio 6″ front splits
– JL Audio 6″ rear 3 way
– Kicker 12″ slimline sub installed behind the rear strut brace
– JL Audio 600w amp