Much of the research, testing and final selection of Stage I, II & III products have been done in-house. They feel having boots on the ground during R&D is vital to the success of their products. As demonstrated during the R&D portion of the road handling improvements (Stage I), top consideration by the team was given to wheels and tires. Without proper suspension geometry you’ll never get the tires to grip correctly. So a key component to the handling side of the Stage I conversion was the special emphasis they placed on selecting a wheel/tire combination where the weight distribution from the two, plants the heaviest part of the tire in the center of the wheel. "This will prevent power from being robbed when transferred from the drive-train to the road," states Ryan Gold Vice President of Operations at R&R Motorworks. Many misguided autocross drivers overlook tire selection and often wonder why they have difficulty improving their times on the track. The Stage I Spec-Pak solves that problem.
Styling appointments from the Stage II Spec-Pak include full vinyl car wrap, 1600mm two tiered adjustable rear wing, and front splitter. The stock seats replaced for a pair of red Recaro racing buckets, white powder-coated six point roll cage installed, adding overall strength to the chassis, safety to driver and passenger, and a touch of patriotism to the grand color scheme. Limited numbers of the red, white and blue Stage II color combinations will be produced. However, vehicle vinyl wraps come in a bounty of colors and can be mixed and matched with seats and roll cages to personalize a car. Other refinements include; aluminum shift turret bushings, factory antenna replaced by sleek aerodynamic Cusco product and the final accouterment came from a pair of Hella horns. The stance is spot on, the power and exhaust rumble is heavenly, and the look of the car hits the target. "There's epic functional beauty in how this upgrade turned out," says Ryan Gold.
The first candidate to receive the Stage III Spec-Pak was a factory stock 2013 Mitsubishi Evolution GSR. This is the 5 speed manual version with a turbo charged four cylinder engine, rated at 230 whp. Overall, the full conversion took several weeks, but once ready the final step or icing on the build was an oil change using PurOl Elite series 5W-30. After testing for boost leaks and replacing the fuel pump relay, the car was rolled onto the Dyno. For several hours the car underwent multiple pulls and tuning adjustments before the final results were made available. Based on the Mustang Dynamometer Test, the Stage III Spec-Pak reported making 345 whp @25psi (High Boost) and 319 whp @21psi (Low Boost). "I was elated by the results given that those numbers were based on 91 octane pumped gas," said Ryan Gold.
The product manufacturers used in the Stage I, II & III Spec-Pak include Whiteline, ETS, Enkei, Toyo, Tomei, Recaro, Autopower, Avery, Voltex, Fortune Auto, Hella, Cusco and Cobb. The conversion is available to owners of Subaru WRX & STI, Mazda Speed 3, Ford Focus ST, Mitsubishi Evolution & Lancer Rallyart and Hyundia Genesis Coupe R Spec. Installation is available through R&R Motorworks or orders can be called in and they’ll drop ship the parts for a DIY’er.