It’s static. Now that we have gotten that out-of-the-way, it brings me to the next set of questions that tends to be very difficult for most ‘car enthusiasts’ to answer honestly. Why do we modify our cars? Is it that we want to bring out our cars true potential? Is it that we want our cars to turn heads and break necks as we drive along crowded downtown streets? Maybe, we want to modify our cars so that it reflects our own personality? Every car enthusiast falls somewhere along these lines and if that was truly where the story ended then this car would not be causing as much internet controversy as it has been.
As car enthusiasts, we tend to over step boundaries and strongly voice our opinions when we believe something has been done incorrectly. In this case, you are NEVER supposed to stance a car with such racing pedigree such as the Subaru WRX and the Mitsubishi EVO. But why? Is it just because fans on forums all want to follow the same trend and attempt to dictate what is acceptable and what other owners should do to their own cars? What about originality and creativity? What about imprinting your own personality to your car? What about creating those W.T.F movements that just put you and everyone else in awe that someone would even attempt to do something like that?
Fortunately here in Japan, Kokisan never got that memo and decided to follow his dream and build on his 2004 GH-CT9A Lancer Evolution 7. I saw this car at the same Daikoku Futo PA event as Nakatasan’s ER34 that I previously wrote about and my initial reaction could be summed up in three letters: W.T.F?! However, it was just so unique and it stood out more than all the S-Chassis, JZX’s and Skylines that I only could fall in love with this insane Evo. The insanity continued when I finally got to meet Kokisan in Kashima and ride along in his Evo to the shooting location.
You instantly could tell this car SCREAMED Kokisan personality. (Anime Character) stuffed animals placed all over the interior of his car, a 60cm stainless shifter or, the biggest shifter I have ever seen, paired with a WINK mirror or, again, the biggest rear view mirror I have ever seen immediately grabs your attention. Recardo seats hold you snugly so you can fully enjoy the insanity of the ride you’re about to partake in. The rear seat has been removed in which I can only assume is to reduce weight so the ride height can be lower and not have to worry about the extra weight adding load to the suspension. Finally, DEFI water temperature gauge, BLITZ boost meter and interior panels were replaced by CS2A paneling finish off the interior setup.
However, the insane interior does not hold your attention for long once you start driving. As we drove along you began to hear the familiar sound of metal scraping concrete. I am used to dodging pot holes in my own personal car, but that is also due to the fact the roads in America can be, well, crappy at best depending where you live. Riding along in the Evo, I felt like I was driving on washboard type roads that constantly had use zigzagging to avoid bottoming out. Kokisan laughed when he told me driving his Evo takes a new kind of driving style since he only drives his car for special occasions and events. I could see why.
Before shooting, I just had to know WHY he chose the EVO 7 to be his platform for his creation. He had to know that doing this to an Evo would cause tons of controversy online and most car enthusiast try to avoid that. However Kokisan told me that he wanted to do something that no one would ever do. He wanted something that he could put his character and soul into and yet retain the uniqueness of the build. Everyone that owns an Evo always follows the same path and makes it go fast, and because of this, this was not an option in his mind.
What was on Kokisan’s mind was taking his EVO 7 and replacing the OEM damper with Type S GReddy Performance Damper with a 32K / 28k spring stiffness front and back respectively. GReddy tie rod end and Evo X lower control arms for the front, and Megan Racing lower control and toe control arms for the rear, along with 40mm front and 15mm rear Stance Magic spacers give the car its insane stance. To stop it all, Kokisan replaced the brakes and swapped in some Brembo’s although I do not think he truly ever needs the full stopping power.
Kokisan replaced the trunk, side mirrors and added a roof spoiler from the CS2A model along with the ‘sonic the hedgehog’ VOLTEX generator that the Evo became famous for. The rear bumper has been replaced with the Evo 9’s whereas the taillights, headlights and hood have been replaced with parts from the Evo 7 GSR model. Kokisan then had it sprayed a unique metallic brown to complete the outside look. Going along with the theme of wanting his personality to shine through the car, he added custom quick release hatches to the front and rear bumpers so he can easily remove them when necessary. Amazing.
Under the hood is mostly stock going along the theme of ‘2km’s and hour so everyone can see you’. HPI air intake and intercooler kit along with RALLIART intake duct are the main things that stand out in this engine bay. Again, Kokisan had to add his own touch to the engine bay and that is where the speaker comes in. It is actually wired up so that he can talk through the microphone in the cab and have it project out the Hood. Why you may ask? Because he can.
Kokisan has successfully done what most car enthusiastic wishes they could do. He has picked a platform, modified his car, put his personality inside this car and does not care what anyone thinks or says about what or why he did it. To me, that is a pure enthusiast and we could all take a page from him. Even if the modification is not to your taste or you think that it is the wrong platform to do something to, before jumping on the hate bandwagon, take a step back and try to appreciate all the hard work that went into creating it. Kokisan did all the work himself which makes it even that more special. However, when in doubt, you can always use this phrase: 日本だけ (Only in Japan).