Orange, She a Beauty?: Luke Mesiti 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Orange, She a Beauty?: Luke Mesiti 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

When you come from a line of collision repair shop owners on both sides of the family, it’s a foregone conclusion that your life will revolve around cars in one way or another. Luke Mesiti has gone the extra mile though, and entrenched himself in the scene of car modification in Australia.

“My mum’s brothers and my older cousins always had nice cars and it motivated me to do the same one day,” Mesiti says. “I bought my car in 2014, off of an older gentleman that happily handed over the reins of a completely stock and immaculate Evo VIII.”

Even with all the family experience, Mesiti’s previous S2000 was unsaveable after an accident that was no fault of his own. Thankfully, he walked away fine and right into this Evo with an orange-tinted vision in mind. Between himself and his brother, in two weeks time, the outside of the Evo had been stripped down and repaired of any imperfections that could show through a glass-like orange pearl paint job.

This same color bleeds into the engine bay on the HKS cold air intake and the strut tower bar. Contrasting is the marbled purple rocker cover of the 4G63, which has been given a custom manifold with an upgraded GT Pumps 712 turbo on the end of it. Between the snail, the Powertune ECU flash and a few other go-fast goodies, this Evo VIII puts down 400 horses to all four wheels.

Would it shock you that there’s more orange on the inside of the Evo as well? It shouldn’t. Several interior panels and the dash are covered in orange pearl, while carbon fiber accents on the Sparco steering wheel and gauge pods mirror the carbon fiber accents around the outside of the car.

“My brother helped me build it from start to finish,” Mesiti reflects. “He painted the whole car and made it look flawless. The orange paint suits the Evo so much and shows off the amazing bodywork and shape of the car.”

With future plans in the works to refresh the engine and output even more power, it’s safe to say that we’re in store for even stronger doses of vitamin D from this Evo VIII.

Luke Mesiti received the PASMAG's Tuner Battlegrounds #TBGLIVE award with the popular vote at Hot Import Nights: Australia, and is featured in PASMAG #166. Click here to order

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PHOTOS BY Jayden Holmlund (@fokasu.media)

ESSENTIALS

Owner: Luke Mesiti
Location: Bossley Park, New South Wales, Australia
Vehicle: 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Horsepower: 400 WHP

SOCIAL

Facebook: /lukemesiti
Instagram: @messcity101

ENGINE

  • GT Pumps 712 turbocharger
  • HKS (springs, retainers, cams, cam gears, timing belt, cold air intake)
  • Custom turbo manifold
  • Bosch 1000cc fuel injectors
  • ARP head studs
  • Custom purple marble rocker cover
  • Tomei (oil cap, spark plug cover)
  • JDM Motorsport coil pack ignition kit
  • Plazmaman 3.5-inch intercooler piping
  • GFB blow-off valve
  • Powertune ECU tune

EXHAUST

  • Invidia 3.5-inch turbo-back exhaust system

DRIVETRAIN

  • Built 5-speed transmission
  • Carbon synchros

WHEELS / TIRES / BRAKES

  • Enkei RPF1 wheels
  • Hankook RS4 tires
  • Brembo brake calipers
  • RDA (slotted brake rotors, brake pads)

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION

  • Silver’s Neomax coilovers
  • Custom strut braces

EXTERIOR

  • Custom orange pearl paint job
  • Mitsubishi Evo IX rear bumper
  • Nose chop
  • Blacked-out headlights & indicators
  • LED lighting
  • Carbon fiber (front lip splitter, side spats, trunk lip spoiler)

INTERIOR

  • Prosport Evo gauges - volt, boost, AFR
  • Rev limiter gauge
  • Sparco (P350 steering wheel, shift knob)
  • NRG (boss kit, quick release)
  • Recaro seats
  • Suede roof liner
  • Paint-matched orange interior panels & dash
  • Carbon fiber (triple gauge pod, steering wheel surround)

MOBILE ELECTRONICS

  • Kenwood display
  • Kicker (amplifiers (2), 6-inch speakers (4))
  • Clarion 12-inch subwoofers (2)

BUILD PARTNERS

  • Mesiti Bodyworks
  • Autoglym
  • Yakuza Motorsports
  • Powertune Australia
  • Shift Performance
 

PHOTO GALLERY

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