2Fast2Furious Evo VII | In Memory of Paul Walker

2 years ago on this day, we lost an iconic actor, car enthusiast and father, Paul Walker.  With the anniversary of his passing falling on today, we took the ride out this past weekend to LRA Enterprises in Bristol, PA to visit our friend Rob and his Evo VII.

Paul Walker Evo (46 of 69)

However something about this Evo VII is special.  This is the only Exterior “Hero” Car used in the second part of the F&F series that was a full car, and driven by Paul Walker himself.

Paul Walker Evo (29 of 69)

Upon entering the museum showroom, I was greeted by two realistic cutouts of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.  This couldn’t be a better home for such a car.  Rob acquired the Evo from an auto auction in Arizona.  The car is all original as it was in the movie.

Paul Walker Evo (1 of 69)

Paul Walker Evo (5 of 69)

Paul Walker Evo (8 of 69)

One of the most notable features of the Evo is the Lancer rear end that was adapted to the chassis.  The Evo VII was not sold in the United States, so they wanted to mix both the Japanese Evo with the Lancer to generate a “hype” for both models in the United States with the Evo VIII coming soon.  TYC tail lights and some custom body work were used to pull this off.

Paul Walker Evo (3 of 69)

The DAMD Styling body kit replaces the stock bumpers and side skirts on the car to give it an aggressive styling, appropriate for the automotive trends in the early 2000’s.

Paul Walker Evo (43 of 69)

The classic livery and name vinyl is an iconic design from the second movie of the F&F series.

Paul Walker Evo (16 of 69) Paul Walker Evo (15 of 69)

The adjustable ARC rear wing gives the rear end a sporty and functional appearance, while some American classics lurk in the background.

Paul Walker Evo (13 of 69)

Motegi Racing wheels and Toyo tires keep the car planted to the ground, while the factory Brembo brakes provide plenty of stopping power for the lightweight sedan.

Paul Walker Evo (24 of 69) Paul Walker Evo (27 of 69)

What F&F movie car would be complete without nitrous?  Only this time, there were no flames protruding from the exhaust pipe in the showroom. Oh, and yes, the car does still have the blue StreetGlow neon underglow kit as it did in the movie!

Paul Walker Evo (64 of 69) Paul Walker Evo (65 of 69) Paul Walker Evo (66 of 69)

A tastefully done interior features some APEXi gauges mounted to the dash, custom Recaro seats and some other subtle touches, like the mirror bracket.

Paul Walker Evo (67 of 69)Paul Walker Evo (61 of 69) Paul Walker Evo (37 of 69)

Rob spends a lot of his time with the car out at local shows and traveling around the Northeast with the popular show series, Hot Import Nights.  The car draws a massive amount of attention and Rob uses it to raise money for the Paul Walker Foundation.  As a huge F&F fan, Rob just wants to be able to give back to the community and continue to educate younger generations on what this Evo VII stands for.

Paul Walker Evo (4 of 69) Paul Walker Evo (28 of 69)Paul Walker Evo (26 of 69)

Make sure to hit Rob with a follow on Instagram for some more photos of the Evo out at shows!

We had a great time shooting last weekend and hanging out with Rob @ his family’s museum.  There were tons of awesome cars that you may see in future articles (we shot a lot of content).

I would like to Rob for letting us come out and taking the time with us as well!

In Memory of Paul Walker (9/12/73 – 11/30/13)

Words & Photos: Mike DeFusco

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2 responses to “2Fast2Furious Evo VII | In Memory of Paul Walker

  1. Wow. Such a nice iconic car. 🙂 Besides the “hero” GT-Rs, I also liked this one. 🙂
    BTW, that is still an oem side skirts my friend… Other thing I noticed was the 3 diamond emblem in the trunk was placed incorrectly. hehe. Hope you’ll feature his GT-Rs next time. Including the lurking black GTR BNR32 on the last Furious movie!

  2. … I hate those cheesy lancer tails though. hehe. You can see how much wider an Evo is on the nice rear shot.

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