01 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG

Three years after a tragic accident claimed his widebody Evo 9 during a flood, Brian Calbero decided to make the best of what happened, having kept the car knowing he could use its parts one day. Inspired by our buddy Archie Concon’s Evo-converted Mirage at SEMA, Calbero knew what he had to do.

04 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG 05 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG

With a background in autobody, and some fabrication experience under his belt, he knew he had his work cut out for him with this ambitious project. Once he had salvaged the drivetrain and a handful of other parts from what was left of his Evo 9, the real challenge began. Getting the Evo 9 subframe to mate up to the Mirage took some custom mounts and elbow grease, but once that was done, he was able to swap out the rear trunk pan in order to get the all-wheel-drive setup fit.

09 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG

During the AWD conversion, the car was stripped down completely. Calbero removed the Mirage’s firewall, parts of the floor pan, and transmission tunnel. “I've managed to graft in the areas I've removed with Evo 9 panels, so everything else can be a straight forward bolt-on,” he says. “From the dashboard to center console, gas clutch, brake pedals and booster is all from the [Evo] 9.”

06 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG

“I really had no big plans except getting myself back into the passion of building a project car for myself,” he reminisces, remembering the rough times before he started rebuilding. “I say this was my way of therapy after I totaled my prized [Evo] 9.” Thanks to some inspiration from Concon’s 2-door Mirage/Evo, Calbero was right back on top of his game in no time.

Sometimes things fall apart so other things can be built up, and that seems to be the case with Calbero’s Mirage. “They say things happen for a reason,” he says. “I guess you can say that this is one reason that was meant to be.”

02 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG

ESSENTIALS
Owner: Brian Calbero
Vehicle: 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage
Location: Aiea, HI
Engine: Mitsubishi 4G63 2.0L I4

Social:
Facebook: evoBrianC
Instagram: @graphitemrevo6.5

08 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG 10 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG

ENGINE
4G63 engine swap
ARC (CT9A intercooler, BOV, air filter)
Merrill Performance/Ticon Industries titanium intercooler piping
Tial BOV
Samco hoses
Custom titanium intake
AMS fuel rail
GSC camshaft
Tomei cam gear
Spoolin Up COP coils
Evo 9 ECU

11 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG 12 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG

EXHAUST
ARC exhaust
ETS high-performance cat

DRIVETRAIN
Exedy Evo 9 (clutch, flywheel, transmission, axles, ACD)
Power Train Industries custom driveshaft

WHEELS/TIRES/BRAKES
Volk Genesis wheels – 18x9.5 +11 (f/r)
BF Goodrich tires – 255/35/18 (f/r)
Brembo brake calipers
Mazterpiece Automotive (titanium lug nuts, center hub nut, valve stem covers)

CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
Enduratec coilovers
Evo 9 (rear springs, sway bars, front control arms)
Whiteline urethane bushings
ARC Evo 6 front strut bar
Cusco (rear strut bar, underbracing, trunk cage, rear trunk bar)
BWR rear lower control arms

07 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG

EXTERIOR
JDM Evo 6 (front fenders, hood, headlights, folding mirrors, side skirts, trunk, tail lights, adjustable wing, rear bumper, grille, door handles)
Custom Voltex/Tommi Makinen hybrid front bumper
Voltex Evo 9 (lip, canards)
Feast-Power Japan wide fender arches
Carbon fiber (vortex generator, side skirt extensions, rear diffuser)
Tommi Makinen Edition stripes
Satellite Silver paint
LED RGB (headlights, underglow)

13 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG 14 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG

INTERIOR
Evo 9 (dashboard conversion, steering wheel, shift boot, e-brake boot, gauge cluster, floor mats)
Red carbon fiber/Kevlar (dash trim, center console)
Blox shift knob
Autometer gauge pods
Tommi Makinen Edition Recaro seats
Takata (4-point harnesses, seatbelt shoulder pads)
Cusco 6-point roll cage
NRG harness bar

17 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG

AUDIO/MULTIMEDIA
Evo 9 head unit

15 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG 16 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG

SPONSORS
AMSOIL, BF Goodrich, Meguair’s, Merrill Performance, Mazteriece Automotive, Shade Tree Motorsports

Full feature in PASMAG #148. Click To Order.

03 Brian Calbero 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage PASMAG

More Vehicle Features

Orange Crush: Patrick Ng's 1973 Toyota Corolla

In the early 1970s, the Toyota Corolla was one of the most successful cars in a number of Asian racing series’. Although the Corolla was available for sale in the Philippines, it was a stripped-down model designed to be economical,…
Read More

Hard to the Core: Chris Dunbar's 2006 Subaru WRX TR

Written by Ricky Chu / Photography by RCH Designs There are many different things that motivate us to do what we do. For some it's money, many it's fame and a lot of us do things just to get girls.…
Read More

The Red Dragon: Daijiro Yoshihara’s Discount Tire/Falken Tire S13

In recent years, Formula D cars have increasingly pushed the limits of technology and complexity in an effort to maximize the grip of the tires they run on. Daijiro Yoshihara’s Discount Tire Falken S13 is refreshingly simple, utilizing one of…
Read More

Rotary Frankenstein: Phil Sohn's 1993 Mazda RX-7 FD3S

Somewhere in the hills of Alabama there's a garage where RX-7s go to be reborn. Inside, a cackling maniac pieces together wankle engines and replaces parts on the chassis with upgraded and insanely rare JDM alternatives. He eats Doriotos for…
Read More

Riot Act

    If there is anything the new GT-R does extremely well (aside from being awesome) it is the way Nissan has taken a whale of a car and made it dance around much lighter vehicles. When we tested the…
Read More