At first I wasn’t sure what to write about this conquest, or as we call them in Australia, the Starion. We’ll call it a Starion. In Australia the Starion wasn’t the most popular of cars. At the time it was up against the might of the V8 in local touring car racing. Anything turbocharged was looked upon as unreliable. 20 years ago I bought a Mitsubishi Cordia Turbo, the little brother to the RWD Starion. The Cordia was a FWD 1.8T – a fast thing in its day (in fact was used by highway patrol by the local Aussie police, but suffered from terrible torque steer – just ask one of my unlucky mates who took it for a drive once and once only). The Starion’s 2 litre turbo and rear wheel drive, independent suspension should have made it THE car the have in the day. But it never became that car. Track days did not exist in Australia until the late 90s and Time Attack was not happening anywhere outside Japan, so in a way the Starion missed its chance. By the time track days and time attack had caught on we had the likes of the Mitsubishi EVO, the WRX as well as a plethora of hot Japanese cars to choose from. So when I first saw this Starion it brought back memories of my first experience with my Cordia. A car that was ahead of its time in many respects and today more of a collectors item, and in my opinion one of the toughest looking cars to come out of Japan in the early 80s.
John has taken his to a point most wouldn’t dare, but his relentless quest to build the best has lead him down a unique path. A path that has lead this build straight to the pages of Time Attack Builders. We here at TAB can only hope the journey continues. We can’t wait to see where this build goes next.
Your Name: John Lazorack III
Make: 1988 Chrysler
Model: Conquest Tsi
What made you build a car for time attack?
I like to go fast.
What series do you run the car in?
Global Time Attack, USCA (Ultimate Street Car Association)
Do you drive it yourself, if not, who drives it?
Owned, built and driven by me.
When was the build started and when did it finish?
I bought the car in 1998, and have been building it ever since.
What are you currently working on to improve the car?
A few suspension changes, more aero, more power, and less weight
What are some future upgrades?
Possibly boost and more carbon fiber work.
Who are some people you’d like to thank?
All of my sponsors that support me, Falken Tires, K&N Filters, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Black Widow Exhaust, DEI, Improved Racing, Turnone Power Steering, Church Automotive testing, DeWitts Radiator, JCG Customs, Maradyne High Performance Fans, The Driveshaft Shop, CSF Ultimate performance cooling, Tire Stickers.com, GNT Performance, CMP Custom Machine Performance, Safecraft Safety Equipment
Engine: 2010 Corvette LS3 6.2L v8 custom CMP camshaft 515whp 500ft/lbs torque
Gearbox: TR6060 close ratio 6 speed
Clutch: OEM GM unit
Driveshafts: The Driveshaft Shop custom aluminum driveshaft.
Front Brakes: Wilwood 14” two piece rotors and 6 piston calipers
Rear Brakes: Wilwood 12.5: two piece rotors and 4 piston calipers
Front Uprights: D2 36 way adjustable race coilovers
Rear Uprights: D2 36 way adjustable race coilovers
Wishbones/arms: Custom fully adjustable tubular arms
Wheels: CCW Classics 18×11 front and 18×13 rear
Tyres: 315 30 18 Falken RT 615K+
Roll Cage: 10 point DOM cage
Steering Wheel: Nardi deep suede
Seat: Sparco EVO L
Harness: Sparco 6 point
Dash: Custom handmade interior
Wiring/PDM: custom harness/ tuned factory ecu
Custom widebody built digitally, front splitter, full flat bottom, rear diffuser, carbon fiber roof, custom rear mount APR gt250 wing
Other notes: Everything on this car was designed and built by myself.