The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, also known as the Lancer Evo, Lan Evo, or Evo, is a high performance sports car manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors that is based on the normal Lancer. There have been ten official versions to date, and the designation of each model is most commonly a Roman numeral. All use two litre, turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive systems.
The Evolution was originally intended only for Japanese markets, but demand on the “grey import” market led the Evolution series to be offered through Ralliart dealer networks in the United Kingdom and in various European markets from around 1998. Mitsubishi decided to export the eighth generation Evolution to the United States in 2003 after witnessing the success Subaru had in that market with their long-time direct rival, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi.
The tenth and final generation of the Lancer Evolution was launched in Japan 2007, and overseas markets in 2008.
North American models
Engine produces 295 PS (217 kW; 291 hp) @ 6500 rpm and 407 N·m (300 lb·ft) @ 4400 rpm.
(GSR only) Sight, Sound and Spoiler Package – Xenon HID headlamps with manual leveling; large rear spoiler (starting in 2011, the large rear spoiler is standard in all models); FAST-Key electronic entry and starting system; 750-watt (maximum) Rockford Fosgate audio system; in-dash 6-disc CD changer; Sirius Satellite Radio with three months prepaid subscription.
(GSR – Canada only) Handling package – Bilstein Shocks, Eibach springs, 2 piece front rotors, forged BBS wheels, large spoiler.
(MR and MR Touring) Technology Package: Mitsubishi Multi Communication System, GPS navigation with Diamond Lane Guidance; 30GB hard disc drive with Digital Music Server, in-dash DVD/CD player, multifunction 7-inch (180 mm) color LCD touchscreen, 650(710 for 2010 model)-watt (maximum) Rockford Fosgate high-performance audio system, Sirius Satellite Radio with six months prepaid subscription.
UK cars kept the Evolution X name.
GS – Base Japanese GSR with Enkei or BBS wheels, 5-speed manual transmission radio and music server (MMCS), Rockford Fosgate premium audio, iPod/MP3 auxiliary input port.
GSR SST (FQ-300, FQ-330) – GSR FQ-300 with 6-speed TC-SST transmission with SST mode selection (normal, sport, super sport). GSR SST FQ-330 was released in 2009.
FQ-300 – Engine rated 300 PS (220 kW; 300 hp) at 6500 rpm and 407 N·m (300 lb·ft) at 3500 rpm.
FQ-330 – Engine rated 329 PS (242 kW; 324 hp) at 6500 rpm and 437 N·m (322 lb·ft) at 3500 rpm.
FQ-360 – Engine rated 359 PS (264 kW; 354 hp) at 6500 rpm and 492 N·m (363 lb·ft) at 3500 rpm. Carbon fibre front lip spoiler, rear vortex generator, gear knob, hand brake. Front leather Recaro seats.
FQ-400 – Engine rated 410 PS (300 kW; 400 hp) and 542 N·m (400 lb·ft) of torque. It also includes 5 speed manual transmission, six-piston brake calipers, upgraded brakes and 18-inch wheels fitted with Toyo Proxes R1R tyres (summers) or Toyo Snowprox S953 tyres (winters), a new aero kit that includes additional cooling intakes, vents, a larger air intake in the hood and ducts. An estimated 100 vehicles would be made. It accelerates 0–62 mph in 3.8 seconds (est.) and has a top speed of 155 mph (electronically limited).
Standard equipment for the range-topping Lancer Evolution X model is comprehensive, the FQ-400 coming with Bluetooth hands-free telephone connection, a CD-tuner with 30 GB hard drive, DVD satellite navigation and privacy glass. Convenience features like remote central locking, automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers increase the FQ-400’s ease of use. Available from June 2009, the FQ-400 is covered by a three-year / 36,000 mile warranty. Cost £49,999 (list price).
FQ-440 MR – Engine rated 450 PS (330 kW; 440 hp) Released in 2014 as a special edition with only 49 units available. It was available in only in the Frost White colour priced at £50,000. Video Rating: / 5
Oreca (“Organisation, Exploitation, Automobile Competition”) is a road racing team and race car constructor founded by Hugues de Chaunac in 1973. Currently based in the business park of the city of Toulon, France, and conducts testing at the Circuit Paul Ricard, which is a strategic partner. It also organizes the French Championship Grand Touring Cup Porsche Carrera Cup France and the Seat Leon France, and is involved in the single brand of sport prototypes Le Mans Prototype Challenge. Their most common pilots in the 2000s have been mainly French, including Soheil Ayari, Stephane Ortelli, Olivier Panis, Nicolas Lapierre, Loïc Duval and Soheil Ayari.
In the 1970s and 1980s, pilots Oreca twice won the European Formula 2, once the European Formula 3, 11 times the French Formula 3 and seven times the Monaco Grand Prix Formula 3, including several future professionals high level as Jacques Laffite, Alain Prost, Yannick Dalmas, Jean Alesi and Erik Comas. The team was also involved in training others the likes of Thierry Boutsen, Patrick Tambay, Didier Pironi and Yvan Muller.
In the 1990s, he participated officially with BMW in the World Rally Championship and the French Super Touring Championship. In the first, Marc Duez he placed 13th in the Championship and took third place in the Tour de Corse 1990 with François Chatriot. In the second one, he won several titles. He also won absolutely the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991 with the Mazda 787B Wankel engine. He also contested the International Formula 3000 in 1998 and 1999, where his best performance was a seventh place Soheil Ayari in 1999 with a podium.
Then ran large cars with a Dodge Viper, with which he dominated the GT2 / GTS FIA GT Championship class from 1997-1999, the American Le Mans Series in 1999 and 2000, the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998, 1999 and 2000 and the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2000. In 2001, Oreca ran with two Chrysler LMP in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but none reached goal. While racing the Viper GTS, Oreca finished fifth and sixth overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2002 with two Dallara SP1 of the main class; also with a Dallara SP1 he came a first and a second race in the Championship FIA Sport Prototypes.
In 2005, Oreca took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Audi R8 LMP official, who finished fourth absolute. He ran three dates of the Le Mans Series with the same car, winning over and finished second in the other two, finishing third in the LMP1 championship teams. He also participated in three rounds of the World Touring Car Championship with a Seat Toledo driven by Stephane Ortelli, with a sixth place as best result.
Oreca Saleen S7 competed with the GT1 class for two years. In 2006, he won two class wins in the Le Mans Series and finished third in the GT1 championship teams. In 2007, he finished fifth and ninth in the GT1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007, but won four rounds of six on the Le Mans Series, which won the team title and the drivers with Ayari and Ortelli.
In September 2007, Oreca automaker bought the Courage Competition. With the acquired, sport Oreca prototypes built from 2008 to own and customer use. In 2008, he raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with two Courage-Oreca LC70 LMP1 class; one came eighth and the other left. He also played all the dates of the Le Mans Series, where he earned a third place as best result against the strong presence of rivals such as Diesel engine. Without them in 2009, Oreca fought on equal terms with Charouz and Pescarolo; He got a win and four podiums, but the absence prevented the title fight. That year opened the Oreca 01; with him also came fifth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans. Video Rating: / 5