On the north shore of the Columbia River, just east of Vancouver, Washington, lies the city of Camas, which is where the team at English Racing has called home since 2004. If you’re at all familiar with the aftermarket scene for Mitsubishi Evos or R35 Nissan GT-Rs, you’ve probably seen a few of English Racing’s builds or have at least heard the name.
With three talented tuners and three highly skilled engine builders all under one roof, the shop specializes in high horsepower race engine builds, transmission builds, ECU tuning, and custom fabrication for various platforms at a level unseen elsewhere for this market.
While at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis for the 2016 Performance Racing Industry trade show, we came across the world record holding English Racing Mitsubishi Evo X being displayed at the Dynojet Research booth and couldn’t help but stop and talk to the team to learn a little more about this one of a kind Evo build.
The English Racing team told us that this Evo X is actually the first X to break the 9 second quarter mile mark and the first and currently only Evo X in the world to break the 8 second barrier. English Racing achieved their best ET back in November, during qualifying at the Haltech World Cup Finals in Maryland [Driveshaft Shop – True Street class], where owner Lucas English managed 8.569 seconds, but with a trap speed of only 157.89 mph because they lost an intercooler pipe near the top of fourth gear. The team’s best trap speed to date holds at 172.71 mph.
Watch English Racing reach their previously quickest ET in the video below:
The in-house built 4B11T four-cylinder engine used in this Evo has a slight overbore of 2 mm, pushing the cylinder bore out to 88 mm from the factory 86 mm; creating an engine that just barely passes as a 2.0-liter [2.092-liters to be exact].
With the class legal Precision first gen 7285 turbo currently installed, the Evo makes right around 1,100 horsepower on E98. With a slightly bigger non-legal turbo, English Racing managed to put down 1,199.63 horsepower and 711.11 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on their Dynojet back at the shop. Making this currently the fastest Evo X in the world.
The stock ECU was removed in favor of a plug and play Motec M800 ECU (13014A) for more precise control, Motec’s PDM15 power distribution module (14104) and a 5-inch Motec C125 display unit on the dash for a detailed live data streaming and logging (18042). The Mitsubishi also utilizes 16-volt LiPo batteries normally used in an RC car, eliminating the need for an alternator and saving weight.
With somewhere around 800 pounds removed from the car [using lots of carbon fiber], this Evo X tips the scales at 2,865 pounds, giving it just shy of 2.4 lbs per horsepower, an impressive benchmark for a platform being pushed into previously uncharted territory.