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– Words: Jason Hanif and Adam Bruce. Photos: MJ Digital.

It’s no secret that the number of people venturing out to track days is on the rise. If you attend any club track day you’re pretty much guaranteed to see an Evo hammering out quick laps. It’s completely understandable for people to be drawn to them – a simple family sedan during the week, and a menacing track warrior on the weekend. The recipe for a competitive Evo isn’t complex, and many Evo owners have walked similar paths with their cars. It takes some effort to build a really standout one. So when we saw this Evolution tearing down the straight of Eastern Creek, we knew that we had to meet the owner.

T-LD: We’re massive fans of your Evo. Could you shed some light on your history with the car?

Michael: The Evo has been in the family for four years and in my sole possession for the past two. The car was initially purchased by my Father whom at the time was due for a new company car. Instead of me purchasing a new car, he decided to purchase a car that we could both enjoy. I won’t lie, I was lucky in the sense that I drove an Evo on weekends but there were strict rules that I was obligated to follow. The most important one being ‘no modifications’. I’ll never forget the date we purchased the car – 11/11/06 (Remembrance Day), pretty sure it was at 11AM too.

T-LD: How did the first mods for the car come about?

Michael: Although I was strictly instructed NOT to modify the car, I was able to slip in a few mods that went unnoticed such as a MR BOV, Ralliart Air Filter and NGK R leads. It was all going well until I decided to purchase another part which was a little more obvious than the rest – a Titanium Exhaust. A few weeks went by until a few of my Fathers co-workers commented on his new Titanium Cat back Exhaust! Needless to say he wasn’t very pleased with my slyness. The car remained the way it was without any new modifications until I purchased the car off my Father about two years ago.

T-LD: What did you initially plan to achieve with the Evo?

Michael: Initially my goal was to reach 200kw and be content with that. Within weeks of reaching my initial goal of 200kw I was already looking at reaching 250kw. During the entire process, I was forced to complete several defence driving programs by my parents. I highly recommend this to everyone. This is when I first acquired the taste for the track. From then on, my focus was creating the ultimate street registered track car. With the expertise from Darren at Dashsports Motorsport, I began purchasing the ingredients required.

T-LD: How close do you think you’ve got to that goal?

Michael: The car to date is pushing just under 280kw@25psi on 98 and just over 300kw@23psi on E85, Scott from Insight Motorsports tunes the car and has commented that the ‘car is sort of in no-man’s-land’. It is a bit like a 350kw and 250kw setup in one. The result is good potential HP for later but not quite optimal for now. I’m currently content with the power the car is pulling and have recently completed a 1.06.6 at my second outing at Wakefield with the E85 tune. To answer your question, have I achieved my goal? I’d have to answer, no. I still feel that I haven’t reached the balance between power, handling and braking.

T-LD: What does the future hold for this car?

Michael: Currently I’m looking into new track rims to accommodate some wider tread and upgrading the stock Brembo callipers. Ideally id love to purchase a wide body kit and throw a stroker kit in there, but we will just have to wait and see.

TRUST Ti-R Catback
JDM Turbo Inlet Pipe
GRUPPE M Induction
WALBRO 255L Fuel Pump
KELFORD 272 Camshafts (Incl Springs & Retainers)
PLAZMAMAN Throttle Body 66mm
SARD Fuel Rail
TOMEI Camgears
RALLIART Headbolts
BBK Full Turbo (Ported)
BOSCH 1000CC Injectors
CUSTOM Front Pipe
CUSTOM Dump Pipe
M & W CDI12 Coils & Leads
Exceedy Clutch with Brass Button
HKS Oil Thermostat
WHITELINE Roll Centre Adjustment Kit
WHITELINE Front Heavy Duty Sway Bar
WHILELINE Rear Strut Brace
WHILELINE Rear Extra Heavy Duty Sway Bar
Cusco Lower Center Power Brace
Cusco Lower Front Center Power Brace
Cusco Lower Front Side Power Brace
Cusco Front Member Power Brace
Cusco Rear Trunk Power Brace
DMS Top Mounts
MCA Gold Coilovers
DEFI Gauges – Oil Temp & Pressure, Boost
Gauge Housing
DEFI Control Unit II
POWER Aerial
GT Spec Front Lip
HKS Kansai Side Skirts
VARIS CF Rear Diffuser
ADVAN RZ’s 19×9 +25 (Street)
Adrenaline RE001 245/35/19
T1R Titanium Lock Nuts
Neon Yellow Powder Coated Enkeis (Track)
Yoko A050 Medium Compound Semis 235/40/17
Rexpeed Underskirts
Rexpeed Do Luck Style Bonnet Vent
Rexpeed Varis Pillars
Rexpeed J pannels
Rexpeed Rear Bumper Ext


  • Benson says:

    Nice house 😛

    On a serious note, why is it that Advans always look so good? RG, RZ, RS & V2 somehow they look nice.

  • Monkey.Magic3 says:

    Very nice mate, keep up the good work – never cease to amaze me with this car!

  • mykk says:

    Great pictures guys.

    The car came out amazing, much like the owner.

  • Gordy says:

    I saw this guy cruising in zetlands, what a weapon!

    I tried to get in contact to see if he could help me mod my evo 7, i want mine to be just like his! Even that purple colour, so so hot!

  • Damo says:

    Looks good, sounds good, goes good. What more could you ask for?

  • The_Giefster says:

    Great car mate! My fondest memory is following this beast on an Evo cruise down to Kaiama! The stance, the rear diffuser. All looked great from behind lol.

  • Mauri says:

    This is one seriously quick car. Hide your kids. Hide your wife. And hide your husband coz they’re raping everyone out there.

  • Joey says:

    amazing pics! this is the type of car id like to own one day. keep up the good work champ!

  • unleashed says:

    beautiful car, keeps getting quicker and quicker!

  • danny says:

    I was lucky enough to sit in this car at Wakefield park. amazing bit of kit. handles like a go-kart and accelerates like a fighter jet.

  • Stevie says:

    Beautiful fotos! beautiful house, beautiful car, beautiful heart of the evo! What else is there? SUGOI!

  • AB says:

    Great photos and a rocket on the track!!

  • anita zakaria says:

    wow what an awesome car, keep up the fantastic work up! you will reach your goal you sound so determined well done mate!

  • JDM_11 says:

    Seen this thing at a few track outings, always seems to be pulling off impressive laps.

    Good pics. Car looks much better with the Advans mate.

  • Alan Supre Lowie Skii says:

    awesome work zomaya,

    still remember the days when it was stock as a rock and was modified bit by bit, the car has came along way..

    keep up the work.

  • Will says:

    Great write up!

    Awesome looking Evo! Those wheels suit it perfectly!

  • Chris says:

    I saw this guy at wakefield park. This is what i call a perfectly crafted automobile! Sign me up for one, home boy or else im gon find you. And you can run and tell that!

  • Ben Levy says:

    This is how EVOs should be done.

  • Christian says:

    A-MAZ-ing! Such a beast of a car! I can’t wait to see how it goes with new brakes and tyres.

  • David says:

    Those photos are amazing!
    Nice write-up too.
    Car is mint!

  • john holmes says:

    haha in the end it is a pretty shit car, who hasnt seen a blue evo. big whoopy whoop. he has a few bolt ons wOW

  • iggy says:

    haters gonna hate…
    awesome car imo.

  • Max says:

    I’ve been in it – it’s ok

  • matt says:

    who ever did these photos did an awesome job on the lighting. Its a great set!!!

  • japjdm says:

    its just a lancer…

  • paleo says:

    Loved it. My thanks for posting this. I will come to your site to see what’s new and tell my people about your writing.

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