After an exciting season, the Super Lap Battle is now rapidly approaching. Those who were lucky enough to qualify will duke it out for the top spot on Nov. 12 at Buttonwillow Raceway. The invite-only event will feature the fastest vehicles from the four qualifying races held throughout this year. The final will give each team one last chance to prove themselves, and to earn the much deserved, year-end bragging rights. As a preview to the event, we are showcasing a few of the competing vehicles and are taking you into the garage of each shop as they make their final preparations. Here we give you a closer look into the build process of each vehicle to show you the amount of work that goes into each project. The countless hours of wrench time and the thousands of dollars spent on parts, research, and design are worth it when you're standing on the podium in triumph, but only one car in each class will reap the rewards and earn the title of Super Lap King. Who will it be? Check next month's issue for a full recap of the event.

AMS Performance EVO X
CLASS: Limited AWD
Vehicle: '08 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
Owner: AMS Performance
Driver: Mark Daddio
Horsepower/Torque: 487/380

Vehicle Weight: 3,125 pounds (3,300 pounds with driver)

Engine: 2.0L, AMS GT 35R turbo kit, AMS fuel rail with feed line kit, AMS FMIC, AMS UPIC, AMS LICP, AMS cat-back exhaust system

Trans/Gears/Clutch/Differential: Exedy clutch, AMS Evo X motor mounts, AMS shifter bushings

Suspension: Endura-Tech coilovers

Wheels/Tires/Brakes: Enkei RPF-01 18x10.5 rims, Stop-Tech six-piston big brake kit (front), Stop-Tech four-piston big brake kit (rear)

Interior: Buddy Club P1 racing seats

Exterior: N/A

Goals for the Competition: Learn what works so we can further develop the car and our products

Build Notes: This project has been a great chance for us to work with the Evo X and get the most out of Mitsubishi's new machine

Exedy
www.exedyusa.com

Endura-Tech
www.endura-tech.com

BFGoodrich
www.bfgoodrichtires.com

Sticker Dude
www.stickerdudedesigns.com

Buddy Club
www.buddyclub.us

StopTech
www.stoptech.com

Crawford Performance STI
Class: Unlimited AWD
Vehicle: '08 Subaru WRX STI
Owner: Crawford Performance
Drivers: Tanner Foust, Tarzan Yamada, and Russ Warr
Wheel Horsepower/Torque: 500/500

Vehicle Weight: 2,850 pounds

Engine: Crawford Performance Billet SR6 2.65L race motor, Crawford Performance time attack heads, Crawford Performance tumbler deletes, Subaru STI cams (in/ex), Crawford Performance CP35R turbo kit, Crawford Performance BIG FMIC, Crawford Performance CAI, Crawford Performance 800cc injectors, Crawford Performance A/O separator, Crawford Performance race exhaust, ECUtek tuned by Crawford Performance

Trans/Gears/Clutch/Differential: Exedy triple-carbon race clutch, Subaru OEM transmission

Suspension: TEIN Super Racing coilovers and springs, Crawford performance rear lateral links

Wheels/Tires/Brakes: 18-inch Volk CE-28N, Hankook Ventus Z214 275s, Brembo Gran Turismo (front and rear)

Interior: Crawford Performance chromoly six-point rollcage, Recaro Profi SPA carbon-Kevlar seats

Exterior: Crawford Performance carbon hood, Crawford Performance carbon rear spoiler, Crawford Performance carbon front splitter, Crawford Performance canards

Goals for the Competition: To test the recent work we've put into the car, and of course win the class.

Build Notes: Nearly everything that is not OEM on the car was built from scratch at the Crawford facility. There are a several internal engine components from our existing catalog on the car, the rest of the new components will find their way onto the new website after they are tested and proven Crawford Performance worthy, so keep on the lookout.

Crawford Skunkworks Partners
www.crawfordperformance.com

Hankook Tire
www.hankooktireusa.com

Motul
www.motul.com

NGK Spark Plugs
www.ngksparkplugs.com

Subaru of America
www.subaru.com

TEIN USA
www.tein.com

Evasive Motorsports EVO IX
Class: Limited AWD
Vehicle: Mitsubishi Evo IX RS
Owner: Evasive Motorsports
Driver: Tim Kuo
Wheel Horsepower/Torque: 550/520 (est.)

Vehicle Weight: 3,100 pounds (3,250 pounds with driver, est.)

Engine: HKS 2.3L stroker kit, HKS GT3240 turbo, Hypertune intake manifold, JUN valvetrain, HKS 272 cams, HKS racing intercooler, HKS racing blow-off valve, HKS racing wastegate

Trans/Gears/Clutch/Differential: OS Giken twin-disc clutch, Cusco front and rear limited-slip differential

Suspension: TEIN Super Racing coilover

Wheels/Tires/Brakes: 18x10.5 +15 Volk Racing TE37, 265/35-18 Toyo R888s

Interior: Bride Zeta II racing seat, HKS A/F knock amp, HKS EVC six boost controller, Defi link display, DL-1 dash plus data logger

Exterior: Voltex cyber front bumper, cyber fender, hood, cyber side skirts, cyber rear overfender, rear diffuser, and cyber rear wing

Reinforcement: 10-point weld-in rollcage with dimple plates, Evasive fender brace, underbrace

Goals for the Competition: To win the class and break our record from last year.

Build Notes: It's been a long process. All parts and pieces were chosen carefully to make sure they work well with the car.

Garage HRS, and all the people who have helped along the way!

HKS USA
www.hksusa.com

Hypertune
www.hypertune.net

Motul
www.motul.com

Project Mu
www.project-mu.co.jp

SP Engineering
www.sp-power.com

TEIN USA
www.tein.com

Titek Innovations
www.titekusa.com

Toyo Tires
www.toyo.com

Volk Racing
www.mackinindustries.com

Voltex Japan

Road Race Engineering Eclipse
Class: Modified FWD
Vehicle: '06 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT
Owner: Road Race Engineering/Mike Welch
Driver: Rob Tallini
Horsepower: 292 at 6,000 rpm
Torque: 267 at 5,500 rpm

Vehicle Weight: 3,037 pounds (3,200 pounds with driver)

Engine: 3.8L V-6 MIVEC, RRE CAI, RRE Shorty headers, RRE Y-pipe, Energy Suspension motor mounts, Fluidyne aluminum radiator, RRE Race Spec 2.5-inch exhaust system

Trans/Gears/Clutch/Differential: Clutch Masters Stage 2 clutch, Clutch Masters aluminum flywheel, Autotech Wavetrac limited-slip differential

Suspension: Tein Flex coilover suspension, Energy Suspension urethane bushings, Progress rear sway bar

Wheels/Tires/Brakes: Enkei NT-03 wheels 17x9.5, 275/40-17 Toyo 888 tires, Rotora four-piston calipers (front and rear), two-piece floating rotors (front and rear)

Interior: Full-Race gutted, RRE custom 20-point rollcage, 1 DOM 0.12-inch wall tubing, Zeitronix Zt-2 wideband AFR/boost/EGT data logger system, Carbontrix race dash system, Racetech FIA carbon race seats, five-point race belts, window net

Exterior: Fully sticker-tuned; Carbontrix wing, hood, and front diffuser; RRE rear aerodynamic undertray

Reinforcement: Rollcage (above), Cusco front STB

Goal for the Competition: Podium!

Build Notes: We built the Eclipse GT to take advantage of the huge reliable torque from the 3.8L V-6. It's a heavy motor, so lightening the chassis was very important.

AEM
www.aempower.com

Autotech
www.autotech.com

Carbontrix
www.carbontrix.com

Clutch Masters
www.clutchmasters.com

Enkei
www.enkei.com

Racetech
www.racetechseatsna.com

Rotora
www.rotora.com

Toyo
www.toyo.com

Zeitronix
www.zeitronix.com

Tein USA EVO IX
Class: AWD Street
Vehicle: '06 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution SE
Owner: Philip Chase
Driver: TBA
Wheel Horsepower: 400 (est.)

Vehicle Weight: Not available

Engine: 4G63T 2.0L MIVEC turbocharged inline-four; Cosworth MIVEC complete cylinder head package (1mm oversized valves, dual valvesprings, and titanium retainers), 280 intake camshaft, 272 exhaust camshaft, 1.3mm head gasket, and head studs; Tomei Expreme exhaust manifold, turbine outlet pipe, downpipe, aluminum high-flow fuel rail, oil pan baffle, and oil thermostat switch; Tomei ARMS turbo; XS Engineering front-mount intercooler and cat delete; M1 Fabrication intercooler piping; K&N intake; Fujitsubo Super Ti exhaust system; AMS stainless braided clutch lines and fuel line; AMS fuel reservoir tank with external pump; RC Engineering 1,000cc fuel injectors; Okada Projects plasma direct ignition coils; Koyo aluminum radiator; Samco radiator hoses; Ralliart thermostat; Alfit competition oil filter and sandwich adapter; SARD FPR; Earl's stainless braided lines and fittings; Innovate wideband O2 sensor; and T-Assist stiffened engine mounts

Trans/Gears/Clutch/Differential: Carbonetic twin-plate carbon clutch with flywheel, Carbonetic one-and-a-half-way front and rear carbon differentials, T-Assist retuned ACD controller, ARC cool fins

Suspension: TEIN Super Racing coilovers, (14kg/mm (front), 12kg/mm springs, twin EDFC (front/rear), SuperPro complete bushing set, Ralliart bushings, front and rear adjustable sway bars, front and rear extended wheel studs, front roll center adjusters

Wheels/Tires/Brakes: Volk TE37 in gloss black, 18x9.5 +12 for front and rear, Volk RE30 in limited silver, 18x9.5 +15 for front and rear, Yokohama Advan Neova 265/35-18 front and rear, StopTech six-piston front big brake kit, Hawk pads

Interior: Defi link in black with 52mm boost, water temp, oil temp, oil pressure, and link display; Bride GIAS carbon-Kevlar seats and Low Down brackets/sliders; Takata 3-inch six-point harnesses and shoulder pads; M1 Fabrication harness bar; Tomei Duracon shift knob; JDM carbon-fiber shifter cover; Alpine head unit; Clarion 6.5-inch component speakers (front/rear); and install kit

Exterior: C-West front bumper and canards (soon to change to Voltex street version); JDM Evo IX rear bumper; Voltex rear wide fenders, diffuser, and rear wing; Chargespeed front wide fenders; Starshield armor; Carbon trunk wing; Roof Vortex generator

Reinforcement: Carbing front tower bar with mc stopper, six-point lower arm bar, floor support bar, rear cross bar, four-point trunk brace, J-Speed fender braces, AMS moustache bar

Goals for the Competition: Win AWD Street

Build Notes: The car is built as a true high-performance street car. I used more of a Japanese tuning philosophy with attention to front and rear differentials plus an ACD controller to improve cornering speed. Engine modifications were chosen to provide good response and not huge power. Overall the car is balanced and can still be used as a daily driver, which I did for about five months.

AMS
www.amsperformance.com

Bride

Carbing

Carbonetic
www.carbonetic.net

M1 Fabrication & Development

Mackin
www.mackinindustries.com

Options Auto
www.optionsauto.com

Seibon
www.seiboncarbon.com

Stoptech
www.stoptech.com

Takata
www.takataracingproducts.com

Tein
www.tein.com

Tomei
www.tomeiusa.com

Tuning Technologies
www.tuningtechnologies.com

XS Engineering
www.xs-engineering.com

Yokohama
www.yokohamatire.com

Tein/Import Tuner Is F
Class: FR Street
Vehicle: '08 Lexus IS F
Owner: Lexus USA (one-year loaner to TEIN USA/Import Tuner magazine)
Driver: N/A
Horsepower: 416 (stock), 480 (est. after mods), 530 (with nitrous)

Vehicle Weight: N/A

Engine: 5.0L V-8 naturally aspirated, K&N intake, Fujitsubo custom full-titanium dual exhaust, 50-shot NOS nitrous system, NOS POD system, Tom's throttle controller

Trans/Gears/Clutch/Differential: None

Suspension: TEIN Comfort Sport monotube coilovers (re-valved), TEIN EDFC, SPD adjustable front upper control arms

Wheels/Tires/Brakes: Volk RE30 19x9 (front), 19x10 (rear), Yokohama Advan Sport 255/19 (front), 275/19 (rear), Volk LE37T 18x9.5 (front and rear), Yokohama Advan Neova 255/40-18 (front and rear), Brembo two-piece rotors, Brembo stainless brake lines

Interior: Bride Brix II and Xax II in hyper black, custom tinted trim pieces, removal of all tar

Exterior: Five Axis front lip spoiler, removal of all wheel-well tar

Reinforcement: Tom's front tower bar, Tom's front suspension member brace, Tom's rear suspension member brace, Tom's rear body strengthening brace, M1 Fabrication and Development stitch welding (certain areas only)

Goal for the Competition: Podium finish in the FR Street Class

Build Notes: This vehicle is a collaboration build between TEIN USA and Import Tuner magazine. The main concept is to improve overall performance without sacrificing street driveability and comfort. Our main focuses on tuning were light modifications to improve power, chassis rigidity, and reduce overall weight.

Five Axis
www.fiveaxis.net

Brembo
www.brembo.com

Bride

Fujitsubo
www.fujitsubousa.com

Import Tuner
www.importtuner.com

K&N
www.knfilters.com

M1 Fabrication and Development

Mackin Industries
www.mackinindustries.com

NOS
www.holley.com

SPD

Tein
www.tein.com

Tom's
www.tomsusa.com

Yokohama
www.yokohamatire.com

Twins Turbo Supra
Class: Unlimited RWD
Vehicle: '95 Toyota Supra Turbo six speed
Owner: Steven Aslanian/Twins Turbo
Driver: Steven Aslanian
Horsepower/Torque: 700/690

Vehicle Weight: 2,990 pounds

Engine: 3.0L 2JZ-GTE, Twins Turbo Arias pistons, BC rods, BC cams, Rev valvetrain +1mm in/ex, ported head, Hypertune intake manifold, fuel rail, custom TT header and 5-inch D/P, Bullseye Power S366 turbo, Garrett IC core,TiAL wastegate, TiAL blow-off valve, Setrab coolers, C&R radiator, Accufab clamps, Canton Accusump and oil filter, MoTeC M600 tuned by Shane Tecklenburg, engine and chassis wiring harness by Greg Pyles at GP Motorsports

Trans/Gears/Clutch/Differential: Factory Getrag six speed, Tilton three-disc CC clutch and flywheel, TRD one-and-a-half-way limited-slip differential with 3.27 final

Suspension: Penske 8100 shocks, Eibach springs, adjustable FT A-arms, Heim joints throughout

Wheels/Tires/Brakes: CCW C-14 wheels 18x12 (front), 18x13 (rear), Hoosier A/6, R/6, Hoosier/Goodyear slicks

Interior: Sparco seat, OMP AFFF fire system, Sparco suede wheel

Exterior: Knock-off Top Secret body kit heavily modified, APR wing, custom splitter

Reinforcement: Steen chassis12-point chromoly cage,NASCAR door bars, window net

Goals for the Competition: Get in and have a Top 5 finish.

Build Notes:Tired of working with a 3,200-pound car. We're working diligently on weight savings and improved airflow.Too many people count the Supra out. We've evenhad our machinecalled a pig by an unnamed magazine editor. People say we're wasting our time running against cars that weigh 500 pounds less and are all-wheel drive. Bring it on! Also, there are almost no Japanese parts on this car. It's USA built and tuned. That's right,I said it.

Brembo USA
www.brembo.com

Bullseye Power
www.bullseyepower.com

Dynapack
www.dynapack.com

GP Motorsports

Northridge Toyota
www.northridgetoyota.com

Penske Racing Shocks
www.penskeshocks.com

Shane Tecklenburg

Steen Chassis
www.steenchassis.com

Stick It Graphics
www.stickit.us

Twins Turbo Motorsports
www.twinsturbo.com

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