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Evo 8-9 Speed Kits

We drive Motorsport Logic's MoTeC power-up for Evo 8-9 Lancers and check out their new flash tune packages

Words by Michael Knowling, Pix by Julian Edgar

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At a glance...

  • Exhaust/management upgrade packages
  • Easy 45 percent power gain
  • Huge increase in bottom-end torque
  • Choice of reflash or MoTeC
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The aftermarket is currently abuzz with Evo Lancer tuning. Hot on the heels of our article on ChipTorque’s flash tuning for Evos (see Flash Enhanced Evo ]) we give you the power-up packages offered by Motorsport Logic. Motorsport Logic is a Queensland-based company which is focused on developing Evos and Impreza WRXs/STis and is currently establishing a dealership network around Australia.

So what’s on offer?

Well, there are two approaches to Evo modification...

The Flash Approach

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Nick Zervos, the head of Motorsport Logic, envisages that most Evo owners will opt for the newly released Power Enhancement Package which uses a flash tune to retain all factory ECU niceties. The in-house developed Tune Logic software is similar to other flash tuning systems in that the ECU is reprogrammed via the OBDII port. Tuning is performed on a flash-and-test basis - not in real-time. However, in comparison to say EcuTeK, the Tune Logic system accesses different segments of the ECU and there are no issues associated with key codes or immobilisers. Unlike some other systems, the retune is also invisible to the Mitsubishi servicing tool. There is only one map – there’s no dual map function.

The new flash tuning systems offers all the tuning flexibility you’d expect – base adjustment of fuel and ignition, MIVEC variable cam timing, knock correction, rev and speed limit, MAF calibration and launch rev limit. All information is viewed via laptop in legible word and numeric text – not indecipherable hex code.

The entry-level Evo upgrade comprises the ECU reflash plus the addition of a Motorsport Logic developed exhaust system. The new system is 3 inch mandrel bent in stainless steel from the back of the turbo. A cat converter, centre resonator and custom rear muffler keep noise levels hushed.

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Equipped with the package of reflash and exhaust you can expect a gain of around 45 percent. As seen in this graph, the standard Evo 9 makes around 151kW at the wheels (though some make a few kW more) and the enhanced version pushes 219kW. Note that this is achieved with only a modest boost increase and conservative air-fuel ratio and ignition timing settings. In the case of Evo 8s (non MIVEC) the standard output is around 138 – 140kW at the wheels and the upgrade package delivers about the same 45 percent gain – just over 200kW at the wheels. Note that the Evo 8 and 9 have different gearing and this has some effect on measured power at the wheels.

Nick sees this upgrade being the most popular upgrade package for Evo owners that want substantially more power without making irreversible modifications. The price is also appealing given the 45 percent power gain – you’ll pay just AUD$3625 fitted and tuned. That’s very attractive. Please note that the Power Enhancement Package is currently available for Australian-delivered Evo 8-9 only.

A Stage Two upgrade is currently being developed. It is expected Stage Two will use the same exhaust as found in the entry-level upgrade but receive a high-flow fuel pump, new airbox and a wastegate modification to give more boost (about 20 psi). Power will be around 230kW at all fours and an upgrade clutch system will be required. Expect pricing in the vicinity of AUD$5900.

The MoTec Approach

The alternative route – and the one we tested – uses a MoTeC M800 programmable ECU. In this instance, the factory ECU is eliminated and the MoTeC takes control of fuel, ignition, boost control and cam control. There is no knock input. Nick explains that the MoTeC option is reserved for people who want to develop the car with a bigger turbo and some engine internals and might want to data log at the racetrack

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We had the opportunity to drive the MoTeC-equipped Evo 9 owned by Nick and, at the time, it had a very similar set-up to what’s envisaged for the Stage Two flash upgrade. Boost pressure had been lifted to 21 psi and an upgrade fuel pump had been added to ensure safe mixtures when making 230kW at the wheels. The standard airflow meter was retained but Nick says he prefers to run a 3 Bar MAP sensor – the standard airflow meter signal typically reaches its limit at 300kW at the wheels.

On the road, the MoTeC’d Evo 9 offers excellent throttle response and drivability and torque are very smooth – it’s one of those set-ups that’s deceptively quick. On the other hand it was noticeable that the idle was slightly higher than factory and Nick explains that’s a characteristic that comes with trying to maintain idle when AC is switched on, etc. He says the MoTeC equipped engines also take slightly longer to start than the factory system – and that’s another reason why he suggests flash tuning for most road car upgrades.

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Although available as a plug-in to the Evo loom, it’s inevitable the MoTeC approach costs more than a reflash. As driven (with exhaust and upgrade fuel pump) you’re looking at AUD$6900, as tuned by Advanced Performance Centre (APC).

So what to make of all this?

Well, although we haven’t yet tested it, we reckon the bang-for-buck delivered by the AUD$3625 Stage One Power Enhancement Package is tough to beat. If you’re likely to keep the car in a relatively mild tune, this is certainly the way to go. But if you’re looking at accommodating substantial mods further down the track, the MoTeC approach is an attractive option.


Motorsport Logic/Advanced Performance Centre +61 7 3341 7223

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