With the bulk of the fabrication for the engine components complete, it was time for the Evo to make its way back to the MotoIQ Garage to get prepared for its next stop. We needed to prepare the car to have its chassis, interior and engine bay painted. The beauty of buying a car that was once properly prepared for professional competition is that the tedious part of having to remove sound deadening or seam sealer has already been done! So all we needed to do was strip the car down to its bare necessities to roll and steer out of our shop so it could make its way to the body and paint pros at LTMW. The team at LTMW would also be responsible to fill in all the unnecessary holes on the firewall, engine bay and around the car. You can see in the above picture that there were quite a few holes to fill.
Here we have the CSF EvoX Racecar hours out of LTMW’s paint booth and ready to have its drivetrain installed. While we work on getting the engine/transmission and related components back in the car the team at LTMW will be finishing work on the custom Street Fighter LA body kit that they’ll be molding to the Evo’s OE panels before the car makes its trip to SEMA.
The Alpine White paint used really gives the engine bay that “you can eat off of it” look. LTMW did a great job plugging up all the holes in the firewall. The holes were plated from the inside to give a smooth and clean finish from this vantage point. Some of you car nerds may have already scoped out the custom subframe and motorsport grade control arms. We thought the mismatched color was a mistake, but the sides are color coded purposely to make it easier to grab the right part during emergency part changes in the pits. We’ll be giving you more details on all the suspension goodies in future articles.
Though none of the electrical components or control units are in the car in the picture above, the goal is for the interior to remain clutter free and clean. Rywire’s plan is to create a custom wiring harness and use a power distribution module (PDM) to drastically reduce wiring complexity. This is extremely helpful for any build as it greatly simplifies troubleshooting. It’s also great for reducing weight. You’d be surprised how much weight can come off a car from unnecessary wiring, relays, unused switches, etc. The four brackets coming out of the passenger side floorboard will be used to mount the engine management system and PDM.
The World Challenge spec cage is truly a work of art and we could not find any areas of improvement.