Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance

Discover the unique journey of a US Navy machinist and devoted family man, finding passion in cars. Dive into the world of customization and the thrill of driving a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 SE: Enhancing its performance

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Norman Ray

2006 Lancer Evolution 9 SE

Instagram: @real.norman.ray

Photographer: Marvin Rencinos

Instagram:  @mr2mivin

Performance Stats: 420whp and 413lbft on Ethanol. 

I work as a machinist for the US Navy under the Department of Defense. With 15 years of marital bliss, I take great pride in my role as a loving husband and devoted father to my 11-year-old boy and 7-month-old baby girl. When I’m not working or spending quality time with my family, I find joy in pursuing my various hobbies.

As a basketball enthusiast, I highly value the camaraderie and physicality the game provides. Driving my Evo 9 through the winding canyons brings me a sense of thrill and adventure. I also have a passion for photography, capturing the beauty of the world through my lens. Another one of my interests lies in riding my 2016 Harley Davidson Dyna Streetbob, finding freedom and tranquility on the open road. Lastly, I enjoy participating in recreational gun shooting, embracing the precision and discipline it requires.

2006 Lancer Evolution 9 SE wrapped in Motul Rally Art

A Love for Cars Was Born

I developed an interest in cars due to personal experiences and Media, popular culture like movies, TV shows, video games, and magazines centered around cars played a significant role in sparking my interest. Iconic cars featured in films like the "Fast and Furious" franchise, games like "Need for Speed," or TV shows like "Top Gear" ignited a fascination with cars and inspired me to explore the car scene further. I am drawn to the technical aspects of cars, including their performance capabilities and engineering design. The desire to understand how cars work, the thrill of speed, and the challenge of tuning and modifying vehicles motivate me to immerse myself in the car scene.

For me, the visual appeal of cars and the ability to personalize and customize them is a significant factor. Unique paint jobs, body kits, wheels, and interior modifications can make cars stand out and allow me to express my own style and personality. The car scene often offers a community of like-minded individuals like me who share a passion for automobiles. The opportunity to connect with others, attend car meets and events, and share knowledge and stories can be a motivating factor for me as an enthusiast. Ultimately, what encouraged me to become interested in cars and the car scene is a personal journey shaped by my own unique experiences and influences.

2006 Lancer Evolution 9 SE shot in a car park in USA

Why I chose this Car and Customized it

Its highly regarded for its performance capabilities. By customizing the Evo 9, I can further enhance its performance, such as upgrading exhaust systems, intake systems, and suspensions, to unlock even more power and agility. Customizing it allows me to personalize its appearance and reflect my own preferences and style. The Evo 9's muscular and aggressive stance provides a great canvas for customization. With enhancements such as body kits, spoilers, custom paint jobs, and unique wheel choices, I can create a one-of-a-kind look that stands out from the crowd.

I chose this model for its impressive performance capabilities. The turbocharged engine combined with the advanced all-wheel-drive system delivers quick acceleration, excellent grip, and precise handling. I often appreciate the power and agility of my Evo 9, especially during spirited driving or on twisty roads.

It offers a highly engaging driving experience. The precise steering, responsive throttle, and sharp handling allow drivers to have direct control and feel connected to the road. It also draws upon Mitsubishi's successful rally heritage, and driving one can evoke a sense of connection to the rally racing world. It carries the legacy of a performance-focused and rally-ready vehicle, which can be a source of excitement and pride for me.

My Evo 9 features an aggressive and distinctive design that sets it apart from regular Lancer models. The muscular body kit, large rear wing, and other aerodynamic enhancements give the car a sporty and assertive look that many enthusiasts find appealing. Being an owner of an Evo 9 connects me to a passionate community of Mitsubishi and Evo enthusiasts. This community often organizes events, meets, and discussions where owners can share their experiences, knowledge, and love for the vehicle. Interacting with like-minded enthusiasts can enhance the overall ownership experience.

A 2006 Lancer Evolution 9 SE driving down the highway

What makes my car Unique?

Overall, with its personalized livery, extensive modifications, and high-performance enhancements, my 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 is truly unique. It showcases my style, attention to detail, and pursuit of an enhanced driving experience both on and off the track.

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Build List: 


The Engine of a 2006 Lancer Evolution 9 SE


  • Cusco Bride Seat Zeta IV
  • Cusco 6 Pt. Roll Cage
  • Cusco 6 Pt. Seatbelt Harness
  • Renscot Seatbelt Harness Collar
  • Works Bell Steering Wheel Quick Release
  • Works Bell Steering Wheel Short Hub
  • Nardi Steering Wheel
  • Vertex Turn Signal Extension
  • CAE Power Shifter
  • Beatrush Floor Bar
  • AEM Gauges
  • HKS Turbo Timer
  • Blackvue Dashcam
  • Pioneer App Radio
  • Backyard Projects Rear Seat Delete Panel

The Interior of a 2006 Lancer Evolution 9 SE


  • Tomei Adjustable Cam Gear
  • Tomei Poncam Type R 270/270
  • Tomei Exhaust Manifold
  • Tomei Full Titanium Exhaust
  • Tomei Test Pipe
  • STM 02 Housing Downpipe (1 piece)
  • STM Coil On Plug
  • ETS Upper Intercooler Pipe
  • ETS Lower Intercooler Pipe
  • ETS Front Mount Intercooler
  • RC 1200CC Fuel Injectors 
  • Walboro 255LPH Fuel Pump
  • Cusco Oil Catch Can
  • HKS Air Intake

Alloy wheels on a 2006 Lancer Evolution 9 SE


  • Competition Clutch Stage 2



  • FEAL Suspension
  • Cusco Front Brace
  • Cusco Front Strut Bar
  • Cusco Rear Strut Bar
  • Whiteline Rear Sway Bar


  • APG Performance Brakes Big Brake Kit
  • Dress Up Bolts
  • Tuned By Performance Plus Tuning (E85)

A 2006 Lancer Evolution 9 SE shot by a bridge

Who did the work?

I did most of the installations for my Evo 9. Clutch installed by Mr. Cyrus Martinez (Final Speed Garage). Tuned by Dr. Phil @performanceplustuning. Wrapped by @ACDcustoms. Alignment and corner balanced by @larryluster.

Future Plans

Future plans for my Evo 9 are: a bigger turbo to reach 500whp. Upgraded suspensions for stability and more fun to drive it on the track and canyon roads. The most important plan for my Evo 9 is to pass it on to my son and have him continue whatever I didn’t get to do with it and enjoy owning it.

Car Advice and Tips

Learn about different car models, brands, engines, and technologies. Familiarize yourself with car terminologies and understand how various components work. Engage with fellow car enthusiasts in online forums, social media groups, or local car clubs. These communities provide a wealth of knowledge, tips, and insider information. Visit car shows and events where you can see a wide variety of cars up close, chat with enthusiasts, and learn from industry experts.  If you are interested in modifying your car, research different modifications, and their impact on performance and aesthetics, and seek advice from professionals to ensure proper installation and compatibility. 

Remember that being a car enthusiast is about enjoying the journey, discovering new things, and appreciating the art and engineering behind automobiles. Take time to savour the experience and share your passion with others. Remember, being a car enthusiast is a personal journey, so embrace your unique interests and preferences.

2006 Lancer Evolution 9 SE driving down the highway

Shout Outs

@iamstanchen, @toyotires, @runfreeae86, @teamtoyousa, @nolanbrowning_, @motulusa, @spsignworks, @projecarcare, @idetail, @vip_tint_and_glass, @rowirowe, @finalspeedgaragecorp, @antigravitybatteries, @meledesignfirm, @blackvueofficial, @raceramps, @automotiv8_, @acd_customs, @wowagtr, @larryluster, @tanginamo_lifestyle, @mr2mivin

The car scene got me:

I form connections with like-minded individuals who share their passion for cars, and this community can provide support, advice, and friendship. The car scene offers a vast amount of knowledge and learning opportunities. I continuously educate myself about various car models, performance upgrades, technologies, and driving techniques. 

This pursuit of knowledge can be intellectually stimulating and rewarding. Being part of the car scene can offer an adrenaline rush and a sense of excitement. Whether it's driving a high-performance car, experiencing track days and racing events, or simply being surrounded by powerful machines, I often find joy and thrill in these experiences. The car scene allows me to express my personality and style through my Evo 9. From custom modifications to unique livery design wrap, I have the freedom to make their cars reflect their personal taste and creativity. 

For me, the car scene offers a platform for competition and achievement. I participate in motorsports events, car shows, or competitions, seeking recognition for my skills, creativity, and craftsmanship. I often develop an appreciation for the engineering and design elements that go into creating vehicles.

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