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The De-Evolution Of A Mitsubishi Lancer Evo I


I wouldn’t essentially classify myself as a bleeding coronary heart, however in a parallel universe you’d most likely discover me opening the doorways to my farm to all of the stray and injured animals of the world. Reality be advised, all animals make me soften, however let’s be smart and make it canine unique. Which is why, in this universe, an enormous a part of me desires to rescue this decaying Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution I GSR.

In fact that is pure fantasy, so, impressed by Dino and Ron’s tales on deserted/unloved vehicles in Japan, I believed the very least I might do to honour this Evo’s legacy can be to deliver you a go searching earlier than it returns to the bottom.


So, what’s it precisely? It’s most likely not fairly the World Rally Championship-dominating Evo that you simply may recognise from these heady days of Group A, however that is certainly a Lancer Evolution – the very first to hold the badge and the predecessor to a lineage that gained 4 WRC drivers’ titles.


Like Subaru, who had been championing their Legacy RS, Mitsubishi had been making wins of their Galant VR-4, however quickly realised {that a} lighter, smaller automotive was required to deal with the WRC’s difficult particular phases.


This wasn’t the primary Lancer to hold the GSR badge. Again within the day, Mitsubishi took three consecutive wins in Australia’s Southern Cross Rally with their Lancer 1600 GSR. That automotive was championed by Andrew Cowan, who by the way went on to determine Ralliart Europe, the corporate chargeable for constructing the entire works Mitsubishi WRC rally vehicles proper as much as 2005.


When the Evo I hit the rally phases in 1993 it was aggressive (because the Galant had been beforehand), however it wasn’t till Mitsubishi upped the ability and tweaked the aero design of the entrance splitter and rear wing of the Evo III that they lastly took a victory.


However beneath the decaying, moss-covered exterior of this Evo I is identical 4G63T engine, 5-speed handbook and AWD system present in later fashions. That spells enormous potential.


Solely 5,000 of those the place constructed for homologation functions, which might be why this one remains to be having its parking paid for and never heading to the wreckers yard simply but.

I’m to know what you see right here? Is it a piece of automotive historical past value preserving, or a forgotten relic not well worth the effort?

Toby Thyer
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