Not wanting to go over the top, for now, Ron chose a few key engine modifications to release some of that stored horsepower in the Evo’s breathing. A Magnaflow 3-inch catback, Buschur Racing 3-inch downpipe and a K&N filter along with some other fueling enhancements jump the stock 286 horsepower to over 300 wheel on 91 octane and over 350 when on 100 octane. (The latter being his racing setup).
“One of my favorite things on the car, because I’m such a rally nerd, are the tires because they’re actual [2010 Pirelli Pzero Trofeo] WRC spec tarmac tires,” Ron admits. Between traveling the world and other massive perks of the job, one of the huge benefits is the surplus of tires leftover from the events. Ron explains, “They [Pirelli WRC tires] were originally bought for a Gymkhana demo, which mean they’re for all out grip, and they were just sitting there so I bought them off the team.” Working inside Hoonigan Racing Division’s race shop has its benefits.
With the grippy rubber sourced, Ron chose a set of forged monoblock fifteen52 Turbomac wheels for an incredibly resilient, strong, and secret-weapon setup that can handle whatever abuse is thrown at it.
Another one of the massive advantages for Ron, is working alongside seasoned rally veteran and Mitsubishi guru, Derek Dauncy. "He has a huge history with Mitsu," Ron says. "He has all this really cool insight and still has a lot of contacts with the old WRC teams that can possibly get parts because when a team pulls out of WRC, you have a ridiculous amount of spares and usually those get sold off cheaply in bulk to some kind of brand that builds rally cars for smaller championships," Ron Explains.