1993 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Group A

1993 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Group A

Thoughout the early ninties, Mitsubishi was quite sucessful with their rally-prepared Gallant. The car was driven to six WRC victories in 1992 before being replaced by the Lancer Evolution. It was this car, the Lancer Evolution, that would eventually bring more success to the Mitsubishi name. Through several evolutions of their racecar, Mitsubishi campaigned purpose-built Lancers at the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship and the World Rally Championship.

Being both smaller and lighter than the Gallant, the Lancer lended itself better to the track with superior turning characteristics. Unlike the Gallant, the Lancer Evolution was a car created specifically for rally competition. Even the road-going counterpart of the Evolution used the same engine and aerodynamics package as the rally car.

Ralliart was responsible for the production and techincal devlopment of the rally cars. The have produced Mitsubishi Motorsport products for over thirty years. Specifically, they have devleoped Mitsubishi’s rally efforts which started in the sixites.

Lancers participated in the 1993 WRC season from round one at Monte Carlo. During that race Kenneth Eriksson and Armin Schwarz drove to fourth and sixth overall. Unfortunately, the rest of the 1993 season was mixed bag for Mitsubishi. The Team achieved a number of podium positions which was quite respectable for their new platform.

The following year, a new Evolution II was released which was based upon lessons learned at the 1993 season.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
production 5000 (GSR and RS Models)
engine 4G63 Inline-4
position Front Transverse
aspiration Turbocharged
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 1997 cc / 121.9 in³
bore 85 mm / 3.35 in
stroke 88 mm / 3.46 in
power 186.4 kw / 250 bhp
specific output 125.19 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 201.61 bhp per tonne
torque 309.13 nm / 228 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels 4WD
f brake size mm / in
r brake size mm / in
curb weight 1240 kg / 2734 lbs
wheelbase 2500 mm / 98.4 in
front track 1450 mm / 57.1 in
rear track 1450 mm / 57.1 in
length 4310 mm / 169.7 in
width 1695 mm / 66.7 in
height 1395 mm / 54.9 in
gear ratios :1