Car Feature>> Ryan Gates Evo X

This mesmerizing blue EVO X belongs to Ryan Gates. After seeing a lot of EVO Xs this month I came to the conclusion this car doesn’t need any aftermarket bumpers. This vehicle already looks as it shoud: aggressive and purposeful. All other modifications are inside the car and under the hood. Let’s take a closer look at what makes it tick…

The large Seibon sticker hints at the carbon fiber treatment this car has undergone. The hood, trunk, doors and even the roof are made from this precious material. It’s all been done to reduce the weight as much as possible.

All the exhaust gases are expelled through this AMS titanium exhaust. You see this single setup a lot on high powered vehicles, even on the Nissan GT-R build by Top Secret. Would anyone care to explain why it is better to have one exhaust exit than two?

The new EVO X has really grown on me…. I didn’t like it initially, but, in retrospect, I just needed to get used to the new look. But that’s how it is in most cases… the same goes for the new Impreza. I have seen some very well built examples, that really push the envelope.

Ryan developed this car last year to compete in as many Time Attack events as possible. He succeeded in doing so and competed in two 2008 Super Lap Battles. He finished 1st at Road Atlanta and 2nd at the Button Willow finale. Ryan also entered his car in the Redline Time Attack series and was able to compete for top honors. In the end he finished 3rd overall. That is quite the achievement knowing he had hardly any experience driving the car, and it was at an early stage in its development. Halfway through the season AMS Performance came onboard and helped Ryan to make it even more competitive.

I really like these custom stickers on the wheels, they direct you to Ryan’s personal website: Gates311.com. The wheels are a set of Volk TE37 in 18″ with Nitto NT-01 275 width tires. The brakes have been upgraded with Girodisc 2 piece front and rear rotors.

The heart of this car consists of this 4B11 engine that has been treated with a lot of AMS goodies such as the custom cold air intake, K&N filter, custom intercooler piping, intercooler, surge tank with walbro fuel pump, fuel rail with 780cc injectors and a prototype cast manifold 750R turbo kit. The ECU has been tuned by AMS themselves to maximize the engine output. It has been rated a whopping 500bhp on all four wheels. Impressive to say the least.

A closer look at the intercooler piping reveals the Tial BOV. It also shows a part of the JRZ adjustable race dampers, you can see the reservoirs tie-wrapped to the Cusco strut brace. Other parts that increase the drivability include a Whiteline adjustable swaybar, AMS adjustable rear toe link and bump steer kit.

It’s amazing to see an almost intact interior in a car like this. I guess Ryan can make this car a lot lighter when he removes all the unnecessary stuff. Would it make it even more competitive?

The already great exterior is complemented by its performance capabilities. I wish Ryan all the best in becoming a dominant factor in the Time Attack community.

-Jeroen Willemsen

Gates311

AMS Performance

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One exhaust pipe is better than two because if it's the correct size, you can fit the same volume of gas in it using less material, therefore minimizing weight.

Also, it's better to have the gasses flowing together; I believe that's because each pulse in the exhaust sucks more exhaust gasses out of the engine.

The only reason to ever use more than one exhaust pipe is for clearance issues, and style, of course.

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The exhaust issue also depends on what type of car it is. I'd never put a single tip on my Mustang, but that's because they've always had two. With and import, they typically have only one, so it works. While I agree with the improved back-pressure that comes with consolidating two into one, like I said, I could never do it because my car would look retarded. Unless I could hide it by running the exhaust into an X-pipe and then dumping it into one pipe in front of the rear axle.....hmmmm.

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one of the cleanest Evo X's ive seen, lovin the TE37's on it

4

You're leaving a lot of accolades out from 2009.

5

I agree with the first guy on the exhaust subject.plus the car looks so much more purpose built along with S2K's....

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All I can say for sure is that sound = energy. So the more exhausts you have the more energy you are wasting that could possibly have been harnessed somewhere else in the system. Now obviously the car is going to make noise anyway I am not saying that a perfect car makes no noise; but engines and their respective exhaust systems can be tuned efficiently enough to where you achieve the perfect balance between sound and efficiency which is usually not the loudest setup you can find.

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This should be common knowledge. Unlike an NA engine a Turbocharged engine does not need backpressure. The optimal setup is the most free-flowing setup which would be a single exhaust. Most shops use a single exhaust because splitting the exhaust from one downpipe into two mufflers just creates backpressure and adds weight - both things you dont want on a turbocharged vehicle. Now if you have a twin-turbo car then running a true dual (meaning each turbo has a downpipe and exhaust piping that connects to its own muffler) would be the most free flowing setup. However true dual setups do not result in significant power increase as opposed to a single exhaust setup.

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"It has been rated a whopping 500bhp on all four wheels."



sorta contradictory, no? Brake HP = the hp rating at the engine/flywheel.

9

Cool feature, thanks Speedhunters!

10

It was funny seeing this story. I just got back from the bathroom (TMI, I know) and was reading the Modified Mag that had this on the cover (July 2009). But I read this article too because I love everything that is EVO. Glad to see that he cleaned it up a bit.

11

Nice article, but a little dated huh? I was hoping for a closer look at the new rollbar setup, etc.

12

I DO NOT THINK THESE ARE VOLK TE37S RATHER THEY LOOK LIKE ROTAS, LOOK AT THE INSIDE LIP OF THE RIM, I DONT SEE MADE IN JAPAN RAYS ETC.

13

You think wrong, those are legit TEs theyve been powdercoated black...

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Wow, a bunch of SPE (Self Proclaimed Engineers) on this site !

A single exhaust is simple, functional and add the least amount of weight. Even more so if it's entirely made out of titanium. (though the muffler is made by Vibrant, and I doubt they make titanium exhaust)...the rainbow color is just for looks.

Having a single exhaust means the gas speed is consistent throughout the system. Having two mufflers(like the S2K for instance) means that the pressure drops right at the splitting.

The two exhaust-mufflers-tips on recent cars are JUST for looks and they don't add any extra power (even on the new GT-R).

As far as the comment on the TE37, they're genuine Volk Racing...no cheap Rota's here (BTW....who on Earth decide to put cheap-sh!t Rota's on a EVO that sports a set of triple adjustable JRZ coilovers and has a custom carbon fiber roof (by AMS)????

Ryan/ AMS know how to tweak the car and it shows on their results...no big surprises here.

Keep up the great work !

15

Your an idiot. Please stay away from cars.

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Wow people are stupid! "Sound = energy", deep, real deep. And the comparison w/ mustangs = retarded. I think the exhaust is titanium, the whole thing. So #1.) weight #2.) it unifies the exhaust pulses. period

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"All I can say for sure is that sound = energy. So the more exhausts you have the more energy you are wasting that could possibly have been harnessed somewhere else in the system. Now obviously the car is going to make noise anyway I am not saying that a perfect car makes no noise; but engines and their respective exhaust systems can be tuned efficiently enough to where you achieve the perfect balance between sound and efficiency which is usually not the loudest setup you can find."



... take the keys out of your ignition, throw them in a lake, torch your car and buy a bike so I can run you over.



You write that and then say Alex should stay away from cars? At least he knows something about cars and doesn't say that sound is energy that could be harnessed elsewhere.



On topic, amazing EVO X, good job Ryan.

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Last year at SEMA , I spent a lot of time walking the floor, processing photos and preparing stories

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Last year at SEMA , I spent a lot of time walking the floor, processing photos and preparing stories

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