Monday, 23 May 2011

An Evo update

It's been a couple of weeks now since I picked up the Evo. The miles have gone on and it's running well. The gearbox is slowly loosening up and the car is nearly due for its initial 1,000 mile oil change.

In the words of Charlie Sheen 'What's not to love'?

Well not a lot actually. Now the car has been run in you can certainly feel those 354 horses under the bonnet. The power delivery is immense and the car just wants to keep on going! Driving sensibly the MPG will easily hit the mid 20's but having fun I've seen it drop to around 12. The car has an unhealthy thirst for high octane petrol.

Dropping by my local Tesco today I went to fill up with their Momentum which at 99 octane is the Amstel of unleaded. Unfortunately they only had 2000 litres left so had to switch off the pumps. Yes at 2000 litres! So, knowing that there is a Shell garage down the road the back up plan of V-Power came to mind. It turns out this Shell garage must be one of the only few in the country that don't do V-Power petrol. So the Evo had to endure a regular dose of unleaded which is a bit like putting Carling into the petrol tank. The car is not going to like it as it's only supposed to run on 98+ octane but it will have to do. Lesson learnt I will keep it topped up on the good stuff.

I have also discovered that the Tracker works. I had two calls, two text messages and two voicemails from the company that track the car to tell me my car was on the move. Luckily I was driving the car both times. I'm grateful they are doing their job.

Put this aside I love the car. It has incredible grip, so easy to drive and will happily poodle around town in 5th gear.

The car also attracts a lot of attention. Not sure if I like it but it goes hand in hand with having it. Wherever I seem to go someone is staring at me, whether or not they think I'm a complete tosser or they have a genuine affection for the car only time will tell. All I know is I'm the one with the smile on my face driving down the road!

The journey continues...

Monday, 16 May 2011

The Evo has landed

Last weekend I picked up my new car. The Lancer Evolution X GSR FQ-360. I have been very lucky in the past to drive a lot of different generation Evo's but this is the first time I have driven the X with a manual gearbox.

I know from driving the SST versions of the X (both FQ-300 & FQ-330) how solid the cars are and what they are capable of in terms of performance and handling. 

Jump inside the car, the Recaro seats and door cards have been decked out in leather and 'techno' suede. Very grippy and a nice finish, your bum is not going to move an inch. The gear knob and handbrake lever are carbon fibre and the pedals a high gloss aluminium. All in all the car looks the dogs danglies from the inside.

Leather / Suede Recaros

So start her up and the twin HKS exhausts jump into life. The car had 20 miles on the clock when I picked it up and you can certainly tell it has only been driven around the factory and docks. Pulling away you notice just how tight the 5 speed manual box is. It certainly needs loosening up.

I have been told to run the car in properly and take it easy on the clutch and brakes. So on the journey home I join the motorway. I have one eye fixed on the speedo and one on the road because the throttle is so sensitive it feels like it just wants to take off.
Brembos provide huge stopping power

Running the FQ-360 in for the first few hundred miles is probably a bit like being in bed with a naked Cheryl Cole but being told you can't touch her. I have no doubt in my mind what this car can do but it will be a case of good things come to those who wait.

The car has so much torque that driving up a steep hill in fifth gear felt effortless. No need to put my foot down. The car pulls like a steam train.
HKS goodies provide almost 360bhp and 363 lb.ft torque

The best bit about the 50 or so mile journey was the 26mpg I achieved which I was more than chuffed about.

Once home I parked the car up and had a good look around. The front carbon fibre spoiler and rear sharks tooth vortex generator certainly make the car stand out and it gives the car a lot or presence on the road.
Front Carbon Fibre Spoiler

Rear Carbon Fibre Vortex Generator

Will have to wait and see how I get on over the coming months but so far so good for the FQ-360.