After a valiant performance at last year’s World Time Attack, performance street and competition equipment specialists V-Sport are making a return to the track this weekend with the same Mitsubishi EVO X that secured them sixth place in the Open Class last year with a time of 1:37.6920.
With experienced race and rally driver Rick Bates behind the wheel, V-Sport are set to become a formidable competitor at this weekend’s event after custom building what has become one of the fastest EVO Xs in the country over the past few months.
John Healey, V-Sport’s Sydney Manager who is responsible for building the car, explained that World Time Attack is primarily about lightness, power and aerodynamics.
To achieve the lightest vehicle possible, the team have fitted carbon exterior panels, and have removed everything that isn’t integral to the function of the car from the inside such as heaters, seats, carpet and roof lining.
“We just tried to lightweight everything while still keeping the strength within the car. It’s a fine balance,” explained John.
“To further reduce weight, we’ve installed a floor mounted AP Pedal Box, lightweight Brembo competition brakes and a Racetech carbon fibre seat. The car should be 100-150 kgs lighter than it was last year. The biggest disadvantage compared to many other Time Attack EVOs is that early model EVOs are much lighter.”
To increase the power of the vehicle, the team have retained the 2L engine, but have rebuilt it with bigger cam shafts, bigger valves, and a much bigger turbo, a BorgWarner EFR Turbo, the second biggest turbo that they make.
We feel that by keeping the standard 2L capacity, the engine will rev more freely and be capable of a higher rev limit than the more commonly used 2.2 to 2.5L strokers,” said John.
“Along with that we’ve got custom intercooler plumbing and custom inlet manifolds to get the whole package right so it all works effectively.”
To increase the aerodynamics of the EVO X, V-Sport has installed a higher, larger rear wing and a bigger front splitter to ensure a streamlined air flow.
The car is expected to have approximately 350 kW at the wheels, a significant improvement over the 280 kW recorded before the car ran at World Time Attack last year.
“A lot has changed inside the car since we ran it in World Time Attack last year, when it wasn’t that far from the tarmac rally car it started life as. For this year’s event we’ve gone the next step with more power, a bigger turbo, and a lot more custom parts. We’ve also fitted air jacks because with the car being so low and having the flat undertray, it’s hard to jack up.
“Last year we struggled for time because we were very busy preparing customer cars, so our car was only completed in the couple of weeks leading up to the event. This year we’re a lot more prepared, so hopefully with a bit more testing this time round, we can improve on last year’s result.”
When building the EVO X, V-Sport used many of the top of the line components from their own product range, available from www.vsport.com.au