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Mitsubishi Evo a rally car dream

Mitsubishi Evo

The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is offered in two variants, the standard Evo X and the Evo X MR which gets Mitsubishi’s highly-anticipated twin-clutch DSG style gearbox and suspension enhancements as standard.
From the front, the untrained eye would be hard pressed picking a Lancer VRX from the Evo X. The entire Lancer range is blessed with agressive styling thanks to a shark-nosed front end.
However the new Evo takes everything to a new level. From every angle you look at it, the car demands attention. With enormous rally and street cred, the Evo encapsulates what every rally fan wants in a car.
The new Evo uses Mitsubishi’s 4B11 engine, which is an intercooled-turbocharged 2.0-litre DOHC inline four-cylinder and is vastly different from the legendary 4G63 it replaces.
Additionally, the use of a direct-acting valvetrain as oppose to the roller rocker arm configuration helps reduce weight. A timing chain replaces the belt and MIVEC variable valve timing is used on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. Mitsubishi said the engine develops at least 422Nm of torque.
The biggest change over the Evo X is the integration of ASC which provides a significant advance in both dynamic capability and safety. The ACD splits torque up to 50:50 between the front and rear wheels and uses an electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch. With input from the S-AWC computer, ACD regulates the differential limiting action to optimise the front/rear wheel torque split.
Using input such as steering wheel angle, throttle opening, wheel speeds, and the vehicle’s longitudinal and lateral movements, the Japanese computers inside the Evo can determine the vehicle’s path of travel allowing for correction and stabilisation when needed.
The new car also offers the ability to select road surface, choices include Tarmac, Gravel and Snow.
Technical gadgets aside, you can’t have an awesome car without an awesome chassis, and Mitsubishi have built yet another class-leading body. On top of the standard Lancer, the Evo gains optimised chassis systems, wider use of aluminum for the engine, body, and chassis components, as well as greater use of high-tensile steel.
The roof, bonnet, front bumpers and both the front and rear bumper beams are aluminum. For better weight distribution, the vehicle battery and the windshield washer fluid tank have been moved to the boot area.
The Evo X comes with its own unique suspension system, including inverted struts in front and a rear multi-link configuration. Race-proven forged aluminum components reduce unsprung weight.

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Posted on Dec 17 2008

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