Red Bull has been in the shop at Autoworks Colorado for the last three months. On the drive out from Galveston to Colorado she suffered a rod bearing failure in cylinder #2, necessitating a total engine rebuild. This was a pretty horrific and traumatic event to go through (and I have to thank my amazing wife for trusting me through it all), but I'm happy to say that it's "over". Save for running the car through emissions testing here in Colorado, it's about ready for the open roads. When I picked the car up from the shop I took the opportunity to take it for a small drive in the Colorado hills. I hadn't seen the vehicle in almost three months, and it felt so so good to get re-aquainted with her after the long wait.
I'm happy to report that the engine now sings effortlessly. The power is great, the delivery is silky smooth, and the chassis is even better than I remember it. This car is truly a joy to drive.
Here is it's recent journey summarized in photos.
A bull with no heart. It's a sad thing.
Photos from the first drive back on the road:
So was it all worth it? I started this process in March and it's now November. It's been a wild ride from discovery of the car in the UK through it's arrival in my garage in Colorado, USA. There is something extremely cool feeling about having conquered all of the unknown of the process, having pushed through the setbacks, and finally experiencing the reward. In the last few days as I've walked by the faded grey-green door many times and saw those iconic headlights and box flares peaking through. Just the sight of them staring back at me is confirmation enough. Short term I'll have to come to grips with the price creep that the project endured, but long term the rarity and uniqueness of the vehicle will no doubt erase the short term pain. There were only 500 Evo IIs ever built for homologation purposes and they were never offered in the United States. Each car given a stronger than standard engine (190 vs 220hp), better braking, lighter and thinner glass, lighter bumpers, special aero, and beautiful plaid interiors. My car is #182 and it has finally found it's long term home on an entirely new continent. The Rocky Mountains await!
This was reposted from my blog, where I babble about 50% of the cars I own because only 50% of them are interesting.