While some are lucky enough to have an ultra-cool car as early as high school, John only had a 1988 Mitsubishi Starion. Not a badge-engineered Chrysler Conquest, but the Japanese original, with no aftermarket parts in sight. Then, he studied hard, and joined GM's Advanced Design division, at which point his Starion started to evolve.
This isn't a big budget build. and his wife did the whole thing without a lift, using a LS3 out of a Corvette found on Craigslist. They went to extremes with a widebody conversion, a tubular front end and a custom interior. In fact, the car's rear brake pads were trophies from an Ultima event. Today, not much Mitsubishi remains.
The engine sits way further back than the stock four-pot did, the steering is set up for drifting, and the car pairs its 95-inch wheelbase with a width of 75 inches. The V8 sends 515 horses to the rear wheels and the whole thing weighs just 2950 lbs. Advanced design indeed, and one hell of a homemade build.