How It Was Born: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Ah yes, who doesn’t know this car. A legendary rally car by Mitsubishi that has been murdered by Mitsubishi recently, it’s an interesting car, but the story behind how it was born is even more interesting. Now, let’s get into it.
It all started with this, the E39A Galant VR4. For those of you who didn’t know, this is the father of the Lancer Evolution and is often got underappreciated in favor of its son. So back in 1989, in the early days of Group A, Mitsubishi decided to replace their previous Starion rally car with this, the Galant VR4. It is powered by the exact same 4G63T that powered the first Lancer Evolution. The engine produces 240 hp in its street form, it has 4 wheel steering, and is basically Mitsubishi’s luxury line up. It may be technologically advanced at the time, but however, this car is particularly heavy. Weighing at 1400 kg, the car started to lose its competitiveness when the other manufacturers switched their cars to a more compact, lightweight one. Example is Ford replacing the Sierra with the Escort Cosworth, Subaru switching their Legacy to the more lightweight Impreza, etc. People at Mitsubishi started to call the Galant a boat and they started to develop a more smaller and lighter car to keep up with their competition.
The VR4 kept competing in Group A until 1992 with not much success. But Mitsubishi’s development is pretty much done by the time. And do you know how exactly the Lancer Evolution was born? Let me tell you something, they basically took the drivetrain and the engine from the VR4, then they took this…
Which basically a Mitsubishi Mirage sedan, to create this.
And that, people, is how the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was born.
So the Lancer Evo was designed to be a lightweight successor of the Galant VR4, but i have a small problem with these series of cars. Everytime the Evo changes chassis, their weight increases slightly. The first of the Evos after the CD9A, which is the CE9A, CN9A, and the CP9A’s weight are still considerably light, but when the CT9A chassis went out, it weighs the same as the E39A Galant VR4, which is 1400 kg. At 89’, they called the Galant a boat with that amount of weight, but somehow 15 years later they called a 1400 kg car light? This confuses me a lot about what in the world is in their thoughts back in the day. End of rant.
That’s it for today, i hope you guys enjoy my article. Expect new blogpost from me in the near future. But until then, i’ll see you guys later.