The MITSUBISHI LANCER WRC is a
World Rally Car
* 1 WRC * 2 WRC2 * 3 WRC04 * 4 WRC05 * 5 External links
The LANCER EVOLUTION WRC is powered by the same 1996 cc 4G63 engine
that has been used in its sports and rally cars since the 1980s, in
this iteration producing 300 PS (221 kW ) at 5500 rpm and 540 N·m
(398 lb·ft ) at 3500 rpm. The car debuted at the 2001 Rallye San
Remo, after a relatively short development (
The LANCER EVOLUTION WRC2 is also powered by the 4G63 , also producing 300 PS (221 kW) at 5500 rpm and 540 N·m (398 lb·ft) at 3500 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed INVECS -type sequential transmission via a triple-plate carbon clutch and distributes power to all four wheels via front-, centre- and rear- active differentials . The car's suspension is independent , with MacPherson struts and coil springs at each corner. The brakes are vented discs clamped by 6-piston calipers at the front, and 4-piston calipers at the rear. The car debuted at the 2002 Rally Finland. Changes to the Evo WRC included better weight distribution and lower centre of gravity, different front airdam to increase airflow to the radiators, a new intercooler, new exhaust manifold and a single-scroll turbocharger , and new engine parts (lightened crankshaft , flywheel and other rotating parts). The suspension was also updated to offer more travel and rigidity, and slight changes were made to the transmission, too (to suit more the very different driving style of McRae and Delecour). Mitsubishi pulled out of the WRC at the end of 2002, but in 2003 they used this car for developmental purposes on some WRC events, with McRae clinching a 6th place at the 2003 Rallye New Zealand.
In the LANCER WRC04, around 6000 changes were made compared to the Step2. The car continued with the 4G63 engine, mounted to a 5-speed semi-automatic transmission (at the start of the season, Mitsubishi used a completely passive transmission, and later introduced active differentials) and a new all-wheel drive system co-developed by Ricardo Consulting Engineers and Mitsubishi Motors Motorsports (MMSP). The bodywork was subjected to extensive aerodynamic testing at the Lola Cars wind tunnel (this resulted in the completely new front airdam, the new wheel arches and the interesting, shopping trolley handle-like rear spoiler). The front brakes were upgraded to 8-piston calipers clamping 370 mm (15 in) discs. The car was suffering a lot from frustrating mechanical and electrical glitches (in New Zealand, both cars retired on the start line of the first stage after an electrical problem apperaed). Mitsubishi didn't even complete a full season, since they continued to develop and test the car outside the WRC, but with little result in 2004; however, the car had some good moments and seemed to be promising after more development.
The lead Lancer WRC04 in the 2004
World Rally Championship was driven
The LANCER WRC05 saw no significant changes, but the car's width was
increased by 30 mm (1.2 in) due to a change in the WRC regulations.
The engine remained the same, but the ECU and the turbo wastegate were
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