2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII (CT9A) – Into the Night

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When it comes to building cars, we often draw inspiration from a variety of sources. These days the most common form of inspiration comes from what we see on the Internet. The web has provided us with an outlet to see how others are building their vehicles worldwide, and thanks to online commerce you can get virtually any part you seek. Another form of inspiration comes from the people around you and your fellow automotive enthusiasts. Car meets and shows, as well as local track days, provide a variety of different cars that you may draw inspiration from. Some guys are lucky enough to have parents who were car enthusiasts as well; their love for cars flows in their blood. There is something that is just so undeniably cool about having a parent who you can share a mutual interest in cars with.

Don Gozum has been a car guy as long as he can remember and he attributes that to his father’s love of automobiles. His dad spent his earlier years modifying a ’79 Toyota Corolla, and Don has very vivid memories of watching his dad enjoy his hobby. The Gozum family line bled motor and gasolineYou have most likely heard of the Cyber Evo if you’ve been into modified imports for any length of time. Even guys who don’t follow circuit motorsports closely know of the Eiji Tarzan Yamada-piloted beast. There is perhaps no other enthusiast on the planet that was more obsessed with the Cyber machine, even though the two-time World Time Attack Champion is a marvelous piece of machinery that many often look up to.

My ultimate goal with this build was to basically create the street version of the Cyber Evo. The only problem with that plan was that there were some parts from that car that were made exclusively for it. Getting a hold of those parts was basically impossible, Don says.

The first step in creating his rendition of the Cyber Evo was achieving the visual aggression that it displayed. This was conceivably the easiest portion of the build. Easy, of course, all lies in the wallet of the beholder. Voltex aero is by no means cheap, but it is available to the public. In its most current state, the Cyber Evo no longer wears the Voltex armor, but it did originally serve as the testbed for the kit’s creation.Let’s just say that I was able to acquire some parts that most people couldn’t, even though they had the money to buy them, although i can’t really divulge what those are. They are secrets that I’m just not ready to broadcast to the rest of the world at this time. If you plan on building an Evo worthy of comparison to the original Cyber car, be prepared to spend some money, I’ll tell you one thing though;. I think I could have bought a nice condominium in the city if it weren’t for this project! I have no regrets though, because my Evo VIII is going to be a time capsule type of build. I plan to store the car and enjoy it whenever I get the opportunity. Thirty years from now, it’ll still be in the same condition as it is today.