We draw inspiration from every direction when conceptualizing and executing our art form. It may be a car we loved growing up or simply one we passed on the way to work. Maybe it’s the way it looks, how it drives, or what it sounds like – nevertheless certain details rouse our souls and we incorporate these qualities into our own vehicles. Not always is it a car that serves as our inspiration, however. Sometimes it’s an era, an image, somewhere or someone. It’s not just the physical unit that is so influential; but the emotions that are evoked within us. Whatever it may be, we take this muse and it ultimately determines how we convey who we are.
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This is not an Evolution. It’s a Lancer Ralliart. The Ralliart version fills a marketing void in the Lancer segment, and I’ve always wondered what took them so long – considering Subaru has offered both the WRX and the WRX STi in various forms for a substantially longer timespan. They are pretty awesome, contributing one more turbo, all-wheel-drive vehicle to the market while fueling the never-ending Subaru vs. Mitsubishi rally-bred saga. I’m surprised these cars aren’t seen more often.
The Garden State’s Fernando Roxas Jr. is doing a great job at pulling the Ralliart Lancer out of obscurity with his super fresh white-on-white 2009 model. He tell us he wanted to keep it clean and simple, true to the ‘OEM +’ aesthetic. A JDP front lip is affixed to the front while an EVO 9 diffuser is custom fitted to the rear, accentuating the naturally aggressive lines of the Lancer. Fernando enjoys the pristine look of the all-white color scheme; it’s clean like freshly bleached teeth – really awesome turbocharged teeth.
The already tough job of keeping a white car (and white wheels) clean is exacerbated by the low down stance, provided by a set of D2 RS coilovers. Eighteen-inch MB Battles sit close to the fenders, fitted well with 225-treadwidth Falkens stretched over them. Fitting these wheels onto the car actually prompted Fernando to discover a talent within himself — fender rolling. After a bad experience with a shop, he purchased a roller of his own and finished the job personally. He has become known for his fender-modification skills and has since performed several rolls for other enthusiasts in the area.
Despite the ‘clean and low street-cruiser’ personality of the car, this Lancer is no slouch. With simple bolt-ons and a mild tune, it throws down 275whp to all four with 284 lb/ft of twist. Personally, I haven’t heard much about these Ralliarts but I’m thoroughly impressed by its power-production capabilities from such minimal modifications. Fernando isn’t done either, with plans for an upgraded turbo and a big-brake setup to keep it all under control.
You may have noticed the pink ribbon dangling from the rear-view mirror. The small pink addition is the only real tangent from the all-white theme — but it’s not there for color-coordination. It hangs there as a tribute to Roxas’ mother, who unfortunately passed away in October of 2008 after a 13-year battle with breast cancer. Her favorite color? White. As you can see she was a true inspiration for Fernando, not only for his car but as a figure that has shaped his life and his character — as mothers often do. In the wake of her passing, Roxas has created this clean and powerful Lancer with a little inspiration from Mom. I’m sure she would be proud.