Catching Up With Evasive Motorsports
From The Beginning

When I moved to California about six years ago, one of the businesses I dealt with while working at Mackin Industries was Evasive Motorsports. This allowed me to experience their work firsthand as they helped us build our Scion FR-S demo car that eventually became a Pikes Peak competition car. To say their work is superb doesn’t really do them justice as the quality is equal to many professional teams that build and race cars for a living. Evasive, however, has always been more than just a tuning or race car prep shop.

Since Speedhunters’ last visit to Evasive Motorsports was back in 2010, we thought a catch up was long overdue.

Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_02

Tony Kwan and Mike Chang opened the business in 2002 the way many tuning shops did in the late ’90s and early ’00s – as a hobby. It’s grown and continues to grow on both its brick-and-mortar and e-commerce sides. “We’ve expanded, space-wise, and on our parts distribution side,” says Mike Chang on the biggest changes Evasive has seen over the last half decade. “Our main focus now is to provide parts for our consumers.”

Evasive was once associated as more of a Honda shop thanks to their participation in time attack with their shop-built S2000 demo car, but even that has changed. From the Evo to the FR-S and now the GT-R.

Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_04

This one showcases a move they are seeing from their own customers. The idea of the full-blown track car is starting to take a back seat, and now cars are being built to keep the creature comforts of a streetable car while having the performance and speed of a dedicated machine. This is especially true of GT-R owners, but Mike pointed out that they have seen too many drag builds.

Speedhunters_Evasive_Visit_JB-6N
Speedhunters_Evasive_Visit_JB-12N

This particular R35 will run in time attacks in SoCal to show that not only does Evasive know how to build a track car from any manufacturer, but also show fellow GT-R owners that these cars can run at places like Buttonwillow, Willow Springs, and other road courses around the country. It features a selection of GReddy engine parts, sane and functional aerodynamics, and a full interior that includes an iPad mount.

Not Just JDM
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_37

However, their focus hasn’t been limited to the Japanese world. Inside there was a BMW E30 while outside was Tony’s own BMW M3. “We have a philosophy of creating a balanced vehicle and that can be done across various platforms,” says Mike. “At the end of the day, a car is just a car; what you do with it to create that balance can be similar in many ways.”

What Mike is not saying is that every car will have the same suspension setup, same engine tuning, or anything of that sort; he’s saying that how you approach the balance will be similar and methodical – it’s not about throwing parts at it and hoping for the best. It’s part of the reason Evasive has been around for so long.

Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_32
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_30

The other has been that diversification of makes. By not sticking with a single make and resting on the hopes that make will remain popular forever keeps their business renewed and revigorated. “It shows people that we’re versatile; it shows we’re up to the challenge as a company,” says Mike. However, he doesn’t discount the idea of a single make focus. “There are shops out there that dedicate their focus and efforts on just a single car and they have great success in that. I believe that’s a different philosophy from us as we’re car enthusiasts and we don’t want to be like ‘this is the best car ever’. We want to experience what every manufacturer has to offer.” It does allow them to work on cars that do different things and improve and enhance their balanced car thinking.

What Will Change When We Visit Six Years From Now?
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_07

So, what does the future hold for Evasive Motorsports? While domestics aren’t in their plans for now, with cars like the Ford Focus, the new Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro performing more like European cars, they have been taking notice. “Even in stock form they are quick on the track, and it’s good to see the domestics start to follow the ideas of European and Japanese cars that handle well on the track,” says Mike. “That makes us interested and, if we do tackle it, it will be a very new experience for us. Since we don’t really serve that market, building one right now wouldn’t do our customers any good.” That doesn’t mean they won’t try if there is a demand for it though…

Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_21
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_71

Another future, as we’ve been pointing out lately on Speedhunters, is the rise of the electric vehicle. This is not only on Evasive’s radar but they have had experience with it thanks to their Prius build. “It’s something we slowly want to get into, especially with the release of the Tesla Model 3,” Mike says. “I feel like gas cars will be around [for a while], but I think in the long run electric cars will take over. Once you build a car that caters to the masses, you create a movement towards that type of car and we want to be part of that movement.”

Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_03

While the movement in their customer base has shifted from pure track cars to trackable street cars, Evasive Motorsports has evolved with those needs. Track cars and the demand for those builds will wane but the philosophy of the balanced performance car won’t. Even if they do a domestic car or become a part of the electric revolution, those ideals and tuning methods won’t die. They will just evolve into something that will continue to work no matter what a car is powered by.

Since I know that Evasive has had an extensive history in motorsports, what was your favorite build from them? Was it the S2000, the Evo, or the FR-S?

Words by Justin Banner
Instagram: jb27tt
Facebook: racerbanner
Twitter: RacerBanner

Photos by Louis Yio
louis@speedhunters.com
Instagram: lusciousy

Cutting Room Floor
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_08
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_09
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_10
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_11
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_14
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_15
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_16
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_17
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_18
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_19
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_20
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_22
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_23
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_25
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_26
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_27
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_28
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_29
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_31
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_33
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_34
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_35
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_38
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_39
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_42
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_43
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_44
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_46
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_47
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_48
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_49
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_50
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_51
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_53
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_54
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_55
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_56
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_57
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_58
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_59
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_61
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_62
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_64
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_65
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_66
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_67
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_68
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_69
Louis_Yio_2017_Speedhunters_Evasive_Tour_72
ADVERTISEMENT

Comments

Add comment

E-mail is already registered on the site. Please use the Login form or enter another.

You entered an incorrect username or password

Sorry, you must be logged in to post a comment.

16 comments

by Oldest
by Best by Newest by Oldest
1

that's a lot of pictures lol. Quite the collection of rides they've got there.

2

the imagination, inspiration and non sleepless nights those cars on the pictures will give...

3

Sorry to hear bout your trailer stolen. Hopefully it will be found sooner since it's part of your precious treasures in your facility.

4

I've been wondering.

Do you suppose that a California resident who runs an automotive-related business can write off stolen property (cars, parts, etc.) as a business expense on their state tax return, since auto theft is so common out there it's considered a legitimate sector of the economy and therefore, simply a cost of doing business in the Golden State?

And does California allow car thieves to write that in the "Occupation" box on their state 1040s?

5

Is the blue S2000 the car they could never get running properly?

The S2000's owner finally gave up on the shop and parted it out. Evasive recently bought the shell.

6

I was about to mention that car (is/ was?) one of my all time favorite builds. It seemed like a rocket though, saw it on a instagram clip advertising the wisefab track grip kit and it was absolutely ripping willow springs.

Used to have my s2000 serviced there, but stopped going because you would have to wait weeks because they were so busy. Love their s2000 builds.

7

More on that 2 door lexus !!!! dammmmmmmmmmmmmmm thats looks mean

8

RC F with a body kit? I honestly dunno

9

wait, nope, LC500

10

An R32 with California plates. I never thought I'd see the day...

11

Yeah, not just California.

We can have R32s in America now, too.

12

@Ice Age, I don't think you realize how big of a deal it is to have a California plate on an imported GT-R. Everyone knows the rest of the US can get the R32 but to see a Cali plate on one is extremely rare. Extremely rare as in that exact one in the photo is the only one that I know of that carries California plates, not including dealer and manufacturer plates.

13

...and i thought the air freshers were candies.....

This is one of the best playgrounds a petrolhead can be lost into....

14

Yesss! I've always wanted a dope squash CS-X3 wallpaper for my computer! lol

16

Do you utilize a paypal.. because if you do you can get an additional 2000 a week in your income just working at home five hours per day. go here to this linkgoo.gl/sjPbLi

OFFICIAL SPEEDHUNTERS SUPPLIERS