Steve Beefy Botham - Mitsubishi Evo 9 GT
My best friend had already turned to jap as he had brought a skyline and I just knew the jap’s were light years ahead, but for me, it had to be an Evo as they looked better in my eyes.
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Steve Beefy Botham
Mitsubishi Evo 9 GT
Hi, my name is Steve but most know me as beefy, I’ve been a petrol head for as long as I can remember as growing up my old man had nice cars like Xr2i’s, Rs Cosworth’s and sports bikes so if I wasn’t around his bikes and cars we were sat inside watching racing on tv. Growing up the dream was always a Lamborghini Countach or the Ferrari F40 but that was never going to happen. As I passed my test I went through a lot of cars from nova’s to rs turbo’s and to be fair I’m an old Ford guy at heart, so I’ve had my fair share of xr2’s and rs turbos. The Rs turbo was the last car before I turned jap.
My best friend had already turned to jap as he had brought a skyline and I just knew the jap’s were light years ahead, but for me, it had to be an Evo as they looked better in my eyes. The first Evo I brought was an Evo 6 and it was a fantastic car. I did a few small mods to this including a remap. After a couple of years, I traded it in for an Evo 8 mrfq340 in gunmetal grey. I loved the car and used it for a few years as a daily car.
For personal reasons, the car had to go and many other makes of cars were tried but nothing came close to an Evo so I knew one day I would be back in another. That day came and I knew it had to be a red or white Evo 9gt. It had to be the GT model as it was basically an Rs drivetrain (stronger) with all the creature comforts as an MR like air-con and electric windows etc. The car was purchased from a guy in Preston after I persuaded him to sell it to me. The car hadn’t been imported long so I knew it should be a clean car and clean it was, with not even a speck of rust on it, even on the underside!
The first job was to put my private plate on it and some small carbon mirrors which I had saved from my old Evo. Then some more gauges and to change the wheels for some black multi-spoke ones. Not long after that, it was time for some carbon rear badges, carbon side skirts, carbon spats, carbon rear bumper extensions, carbon bonnet vent, carbon bonnet lifters and some USDM rear lights. Soon after came an AMS spark plug cover and a rear vortex. It was used for going to the odd car meet and car show but I knew I needed to not use it in winter to keep the salt away from it and to stop any sign of rot appearing on it so a 106 Gti was purchased for a daily.
Later a full Tomei titanium exhaust was fitted alongside a battery relocation to the boot and a spec-r intercooler and pipework including a tial bov, after changing them I knew it would need a remap so down to London it went to get it mapped which made a healthy 400/400. After this, I turned my attention to the suspension and went for a set of Ohlins which made night and day difference. This is how it was left for a while as I turned to learn how to detail and make carbon parts.
When I decided to kick off modding it again I started with a fresh set of wheels from Japan and I believe they are the only set on an Evo still to date in the UK. They are Yokohama Advan racing rz-df. These were fitted with some Yokohama Advan tyres with some tyre stickers from tyre stickers in the USA, just to make them a bit more different, accompanied with a set of Ralliart mud flaps. This made the brakes look tatty so it was time to sort them out with a set of alcons for both the front and rear. I changed the stick on number plate for a jap sized plate with a custom carbon plate holder. I used the car for a few shows and a trip to the Evo triangle.
For a while the colour had been bugging me as even though it was immaculate the paint had been ruined by someone in Japan lacquering the car and getting moisture in with it so it gave it a slight Pearl look and not the proper OEM colour it should be, so after a lot of visits to numerous places across England I settled for steve at steve smart repairs in Stoke-on-Trent, who did an amazing job on it! With the new paint, it was time for some new front lights to keep it looking brand new.
This year I thought the gauges were looking dated, so I decided to go digital so all of the gauges and even the OEM clusters were removed and replaced with a syvecs s7 ECU and an aim Strada dash display. As well as this the guys at gr performance also fitted a rex speed rear carbon diffuser and also remapped it.
- Syvecs s7
- Tomei Ti exhaust
- Spec-r intercooler and pipework
- K&n large air filter
- Reworked 71 series turbo
- 3 port solenoid
- Uprated fuel pump
- Uprated fuel rail
- Uprated fuel regulator
- Full OEM spray job including on shuts
- USDM rear lights
- New front MR lights
- Smoked side repeaters
- Carbon vortex
- Rexspeed carbon diffuser
- Rexspeed carbon bumper extensions
- Carbon side skirts
- Carbon small mirrors
- Carbon Ralliart front splitter
- Tomei ti exhaust and decat
- Tomei turbo elbow and downpipe
- Spec-r intercooler and pipework
- 18” avan Rz-df dished wheels
- Alcon front and back brake set up
- Genuine Mitsubishi wind deflectors
- Ohlins suspension
- Standard GT interior
- Aim Strada dash
- Battery relocated to the boot
- Fire extinguisher in the boot
This is where I’m now at with the car now and now all the safety side of things are done on the car it’s now to look into upping the power! Roll on next year for some shows so I can get out in it and use it some more!
Credit where credit is due to;
Pete from @specralloy
Ross Walker from @rosssport
Steve and the guys at Steve’s smart repairs,
Garry and James at gr performance for the last finishing touches to get it where it is to date.
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