Posted: Jan 09, 2018
Brandon Ranvek's 2006 Mitsubishi Evo
Brandon Ranvek's 2006 Mitsubishi Evo RS is one of the world's best all-around street cars and a regular contender for the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car title. Watch a video profile on his incredible Evo RS!
Brandon Ranvek's 2006 Mitsubishi Evo RS burst onto the scene in 2014, not only qualifying for the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) in his rookie season, but nearly winning the title! In fact, Ranvek was so close to winning the 2014 OUSCI title, that a single position in either the Lingenfelter Design & Engineering Challenge or the BF Goodrich Hot Lap Challenge would've been the difference-maker.
Ranvek made a return long haul to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2015, intent on qualifying for the OUSCI and taking another shot at Danny Popp's Corvette. He easily topped the GTL field at LVMS and punched his second ticket to the OUSCI. When the series visited Michigan International Speedway, Ranvek again topped the field, as he watched his RS Motors teammate, pick up the invite in his 2006 Evo RS. In Brandon's third event of the season, he headed to Road America, where everyone would be treated to a preview of the 2015 OUSCI, with defending champion, Danny Popp and several other heavy-hitters on the grid.
Another one of Brandon's RS Motors teammates, Andy Smedegard, topped the GTL Class there, with Popp and Ranvek rounding out the podium. The GTL Class invite fell to Ken Thwaits, who was also in an RS Motors-prepped Evo. Popp would have his hands full defending his title against a field that included several very talented Mitsubishi Evo RS drivers, with Ranvek leading the charge. Ironically, it was Brandon's winning performance on the RideTech Autocross that made up the difference for Danny Popp's Corvette to defend his title over Andy Smedegard, with Brandon finishing a close third.
Ranvek took the 2016 season off, but returned to competition at Pike's Peak International Raceway in 2017. As has been his modus operandi in prior years, one qualifying event was all Ranvek needed to qualify for the OUSCI. The 2017 OUSCI proved to be the first time Ranvek's Evo was able to top Danny Popp's Corvette, but he wasn't alone. Popp had mechanical issues, which relegated him to a fifth-place finish and while Brandon finished ahead of him, he ended up in fourth place in what turned out to be the closest field in the event's ten-year history. The top-five finishers at the 2017 OUSCI were separated by just 10 points.
We don't know when we'll see Ranvek's Mitsubishi again, but when we do, we know it'll be in contention for a win. Check out a huge gallery of images of Brandon's car below and sign up to run your street car at an upcoming event at www.DriveOPTIMA.com