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Keoni Viernes' 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is the New Beast of the Las Vegas Strip

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Keoni's Evo encorporates traditional Japanese styling and racing functionality
Keoni's Evo encorporates traditional Japanese styling and racing functionality
Standing on the sidewalks of the Las Vegas strip offers an overwhelming view of a world built of lights, excitement and some of the best super cars in the world cruising up and down the streets of Sin City. It’s not uncommon to see some of the more glitzy models like Lamborghinis, Ferraris or a Rolls Royce mixed in among the tourist busses and family vacation mini vans but, there is no missing Keoni Viernes'custom 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX when it roars past. Originally from Pearl City, a town right next to Pearl Harbor Hawaii, Viernes now resides in the fabulous Las Vegas with his more than fabulous Lancer Evo. K&N caught up with Keoni to go over some of the more unique specs of his race ready import.

K&N: What was the initial inspiration for building and customizing cars?
Keoni: "My love for cars started when I use to go to Volkswagen car shows and seeing all these different cars and each had their own touch to it, and that’s what I wanted to do to my evo."

K&N: Did you choose this car? Why go with the Evo?
Keoni: "I always wanted a 4 door sports car that just so happened to be all-wheel drive and turbo. Still maintaining sleek race car look[s] but be able to hold passengers at the same time. Lastly, the infamous Hybrid Philosophy of building a complete race-street-show vehicle.

K&N: What drove you to make some of the design choices and styles for the Evo?
Keoni: "I had inspiration from the JDM or Japanese culture in modifying cars as well as other members of my team building Hybrid Quality Cars."

Recently landing a cover spot on Performance Auto and Sound magazine with a full 3 page feature, Keoni’s 2005 Lancer Evo is getting an excellent display in the lime light. Keoni is also connected to custom auto group, Team Hybrid which has also celebrated multiple member cover spots this past year. Keoni credits much of his success to his involvement with Team Hybrid. "This car started off as [a] reliable daily driver work car, and then it became a race car… ”stated Keoni. …”Then I meet up with some guys from Team Hybrid especially with the help of Founder/President James Lin, LV Chapter Director Archie Concon, plus a few other Hybridz as well as our great team title sponsors, and it became a complete "Race-Street-Show” car.”
Keoni also went more in detail to the custom body style of his Evo by "…taking different styles from each car and putting my own touch to it. At the start it was just your basic engine bolt-ons and rims,” said Keoni. "The car started off with the stock tarmac black color which was nice, but being most shows where at night you really couldn’t see the car. The dramatic change is when I started doing the body work and adding the Voltex Wide Body with a full custom paint job and this couldn’t happen without the help of Team Hybrid and James Lin. They helped me finish the front and rear fenders from Evasive Motor Sports (The largest Distributor of Voltex). With such [an] aggressive body kit, it needed aggressive color and familiar with Japanese scene using bright colors and graphics, I took a page out of there book and went with this color. My main reason was to have a car I can take to shows and compete with the best and then step to the race track and beat it up on the track."
Keoni had much help from the guys at Team Hybrid when installing the Voltex wide body kit
Keoni had much help from the guys at Team Hybrid when installing the Voltex wide body kit


Keoni’s custom mods and styles have been seen at the following shows this past year:

SEMA
Motor Trend Auto Show
Motion Auto Show
SpoCom Auto Show
Import Face Off
Formula Drift
Mitsubishi Owner Day
Import Showoff Nisei Week
Wekfest
Slammed Society
Remix

While a pretty sight to see, Keoni’s show and go Evolution IX racer is no slouch with enough mods and upgrades to pump out a serious 450HP on the dyno. Here is the full spec sheet for the Mitsubishi:

This black and yellow Evo catches eyes everywhere, from cars shows, to the race track
This black and yellow Evo catches eyes everywhere, from cars shows, to the race track
Exterior
Voltex Street Edition Front Bumper
Voiltex Street Edition Canards
Voltex Front & Rear Wide Fenders
Voltex Side Skirts
Voltex Rear Diffuser
Voltex 1500mm Wing
Voltex Carbon Fiber Heat Shield
Vortex Generator
Window Shields
JDM Rear Evo 9 Tail lights
Carbon Fiber J- Panels
Carbon Fiber Vinyl Roof
House Of Kolors 4 Stage Sunrise Pearl with Ice

Engine
FP Green Turbo
GT-Spec Tubular Manifold
Keoni went with one of K&N's high flow air filters to feed the turbo powered engine that puts out 450hp to the wheels
Keoni went with one of K&N's high flow air filters to feed the turbo powered engine that puts out 450hp to the wheels
HKS Reloaded Racing Suction Intake System
K&N Performance Air Filter
HKS 272 Intake/Exhaust Cams
HKS Adjustable Cam Gears
HKS Front Mount Intercooler
HKS Upper & Lower Pipping
Hallman Manual Boost Control
Turbo XS Oil Catch Can
Ingalls Stiffy Engine Torque Dampener
ARP Head Studs
Ralliart Red Oil Cover
Titek Carbon Fiber Hood Damper
APR Radiator Cooling Plate
JM Fabrications Spark Plug Cover
Tanabe Concept G Blue Turbo Back Exhaust
ClutchMaster Twin Dics
Greddy Type RS Blow Off Valve
Perrin Hose Kit
Even with a racing roll cage, passengers can still sit in the back seat or Keoni's Evo, just maybe not comfortably...
Even with a racing roll cage, passengers can still sit in the back seat or Keoni's Evo, just maybe not comfortably...
Mishimoto Aluminum Radiator
Mishimoto Slim Fan
Mishimoto Overflow Bottle
ETS Aluminum Radaitor Pipe
BR Mini battery Kit
BR Spec J&E Tough Skirt Coated Forged Pistons
BR Crower Rods
BR Bronze Valve Guides
BR Dual Stainless Steel Valve Springs
BR Titanium Retainers
BR Ported & Jet Coated o2 Housing
Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
Tuned on 100 Octane

Brakes & Suspension
WP PRO 8 Pot Front Brakes
WP PRO 6 Pot Rear Brakes
Kabee Full Coilover Suspension
APR Flex Control Bar

Interior
Bride GIAS Low Max (Gradation)
Custom Red Leather (Recaro) W/ Embroidered "Evolution & Mitsubishi Logo"
Wedge Engineer Seat Brackets
NRG Short Hub
NRG 3.0 Quick Release
OMP Tommie Makinen Steering Wheel
Evolution 9 Billet Shift Knob
B&M Short Shifter
Cusco 6 Point Roll Cage (Camaro Green)
Apexi Auto Turbo Timer & Harness
Gruppe-S 60mm Gauge Panel Defi Link Meter BF 60mm (Boost, EGT, Oil Pressure)
Defi BF Tachometer 80mm
No detail was missed when building this awesome street machine and it is evident inside and out
No detail was missed when building this awesome street machine and it is evident inside and out
Defi Control Link
M1 Harness Bar
Takata Harness

Wheels & Tires
CCW Race Classics (18x10.5 F+12 R+12)
BF Goodrich g-Force Sport Comp 2 (255/40 r18)
Project Kics Neo Chrome Lug Nuts
Ichiban +25mm Wheel Adapter

ICE
Sony XAV-64BT
Sony XM ZZK3301 Class D Amps
Sony Front & Rear Speakers
Sony Tweeters
Sony XZ-LD106P5

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