There are a lot of fast cars out in the world these days. In order for a car to set itself apart from the rest, there needs to be something really special about it. That could be the way it looks, the way it performs, or maybe even the way it does something it wasn’t necessarily built for. And this particular example of a Mitsubishi Evolution throws a check mark in all three of those categories. It’s actually claimed to be the “World’s Quickest Evo,” and it only takes one look at it to see why.
The black on black color scheme is not quite as cool as it used to be, but there’s no arguing that in the right circumstance it looks damn good. Especially if there’s a ginormous turbo sticking up out of the hood in the most obnoxiously badass way. This fine specimen you see before you is the handiwork of Extreme Tuners out of Athens, Greece. These guys take high performance very seriously and they have the R&D department in-house to prove it. They’re our kind of shop because they specialize in high-end parts for racing, marine, and aviation, so more or less anything cool with a motor.
As cool as the massive 91mm turbo prominently displayed like the coolest hood ornament is, the best part about this wicked little Evo is the Formula One like redline of 13,000rpm coming from the tiny little four banger to produce upwards of 2,000hp. That’s 13,000rpm folks, which is give or take 5,000rpm over the stock redline, not to mention putting it close to being in the upper echelon with Sportbikes and Formula One cars. That’s even 2,000 more than the projected redline of the upcoming Mercedes Project One.
Normally the Evo comes with a 2.0L four-cylinder, but because they wanted to increase the redline they actually destroked it down to 1.8L. Knowing they were going to “turn the volume up to 11,” as Spinal Tap would say, Extreme Tuners beefed up the internals of the motor with heavy duty but yet extremely lightweight parts so that it doesn’t explode the first time they turned the boost up. While there’s a long list of upgraded parts, they mention a few that give you an idea about how serious they are about speed and power. What caught my eye was the Gen2 91mm turbo with a carbon fiber wheel, titanium valves, and the tungsten-billet crankshaft.
The Evo was built and bred as a rally car and has an extensive racing heritage to go along with it. But once tuners got ahold of it and realized they could force in excess of 2,000hp out of the small motor it started showing up more and more at the drag strip. After all it does have that all wheel drive system that’s beefed up to some degree to handle the added stress of multiple different surfaces and conditions and to put the power down in each.
Extreme Tuners started making claims of the Worlds Quickest Evo after they ran a 7.902 @185.34 (298.26kph) in the quarter mile which is fast, real fast. That’s fast for a purpose built drag car let alone a rally car with some slicks on it, granted the Extreme Tuners Evo is pretty much a purpose built drag car more than it is a rally car at this stage in the game, but you get my point.
When you watch the record run in the video the car is veering so hard right and left that it looks like the driver’s going in a zig-zag pattern rather than a straight. Honestly, it’s so much that it almost makes the ET of 7.9 even more impressive. It might even be able to drop that down to 7.8 if they could somehow manage to keep it going straight. Although, as much as I enjoyed watching it from that angle, the best was the shot fixed on the gauges showing the relentless speedometer moving as quickly as a normal car’s tachometer, and the stock tachometer blasting past Tarmac, Gravel Snow to the redline of Trip Meter.
Update: Since the writing of this article, Extreme Tuners set a new record of 7.884 @ 185.54mph and I’ve included video of the run down below.