We were scrolling along our Instagram feed like we do dozens of times a day, when we passed by a picture of pretty cool lookin’ Mitsubishi Evo. Alpine White BMW paint, custom body work, demon eyes– we dig it.
We continued to scroll but then did a double take, “#Ls3vo”… Wait, what?! *click* We contacted the owner and, yep, she’s LS swapped.
Like most car enthusiasts, the owner, Raz, started his go-fast obsession at a very young age, riding motocross since he was only five years old. His current vehicle situation started out thanks to his daily driver, an E X, that he enjoyed… But, like any other performance and adrenaline junkie, he couldn’t help but want to break traction. Eventually he told himself (probably after a couple near-death experiences), “I NEED a RWD car,” and caved.
“Before I knew it, I was completely hooked on drifting,” he said.
He saw his next build as an opportunity to do something different and prove that Evos have the ability to be much more than just another quick car.
“After one too many tickets, I started going to track days to drive without speed limits and met people who were serious in their pursuit to perfect the art of driving. I’ve done autocross and rally cross, but have been focusing solely on competitive drifting for the past year,” said Raz. “The car was built to be a competitive drift car and, in a sport like drifting, reliability and consistent power are key. For that reason, the LS is a common motor swap in the drift world.”
Raz actually admits he prefers imports– just because they tend to handle better and have a larger aftermarket– but, for the amount of power he wanted, all while keeping it reliable, “a supercharged LS3 was the best possible choice.”
The search for a shell began, then he built the car from the ground up– with a custom front crossmember, custom transmission-driveline tunnel, custom rear sub-frame, custom bash bars front and rear. Custom, custom, custom. Now, the Ls3vo is pushing a whopping 600 horsepower, owing much thanks to its Magnuson supercharger. The TVS3200, pushing only 6 psi, was thrown on along with Holley headers and a fully custom exhaust.
To deliver that power; a R200 differential with a Weir spool and 4-speed Rankin Dog Box paired with a Longacre shifter was used. To bring all that power to a stop; Lexus IS250 brakes in the front and Nissan Z32 brakes in the rear.
It sits quite nicely on its Konig Oversteer wheels (17×8 front/18×9 rear), Achilles 123’s (235/45/17 front/255/35/18 rear), and Feal 441 suspension. The pleasing aesthetics continue on the interior, too, with a plethora of Sparco parts– Pro ADV seats, harnesses and steering wheel. Gah, drool. The Wilwood floor mounted pedals, AIM MXL digital display, Arc 12000 switch panel, and Scotidi hand-brake all seem set-up quite nicely.
“I’ve seen two reactions so far. People either love it or hate it.”
Raz plans to adjust the supercharger soon to make a little more power but, believe it or not– he might be the first car guy to claim his build is actually “done.” He said, “The entire process took about 14 months. The car is made up of various Nissan, Lexus, BMW, Chevy, and, of course, Mitsubishi parts– making it all work together took a lot of time, dedication, and custom fabrication.” The hard work paid off when the car fired up for the very first time January 3 and, since then, has been doing its job quite perfectly, taking a first-place finish at the Southwest Drift Series: Round 1.
Check out the build in action on Instagram, @snowhitevo.