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1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV Group A

1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV Group A

1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV Group A


Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution IV reflected four years of Lancer devleopment. Lessons learned in each year of racing were adopted into newer versions. This rapid development was neccessary for Mitsubishi to stay ahead of the competition.

At the 1997 Monte Carlo the Evolution IV made its debut. New, more flexible regulations allowed competition such as Ford Escort, Subaru Impreza and Toyota Corolla to enter the championship. These new WRC regulations were introduced by the FIA. They permitted modification of the suspension, tranmission, intake tract, exhaust and engine position. Mitsubishi embraced these new rules by adding an INVECS sequential gearbox and relocating the engine for better weight ballence.

In 1997 Tommi Makinen again proved his value to Mitsubishi. He took the WRC Drivers Championship for the second time in a row with Misubishi taking 3rd in the WRC Manufacturers Championship.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
production 12000
engine 4G63 Inline 4
position Front Transverse
aspiration Twin Scroll Turbocharger w/Intercooler
valvetrain DOHC 4-Valves / Cyl
fuel feed Electronic Fuel Injection
displacement 1997 cc / 121.9 in³
bore 85.0 mm / 3.35 in
stroke 88.0 mm / 3.46 in
compression 8.8:1
power 208.8 kw / 280.0 bhp @ 6500 rpm
specific output 140.21 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 207.41 bhp per tonne
torque 353.87 nm / 261 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
driven wheels 4WD w/Active Control Transfer
front tires Michelin
rear tires Michelin
front brakes Vented Discs w/6-Pot Calipers
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Vented Discs w/4-Pot Calipers
r brake size mm / in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/Coil Springs, Olins Adjustable Dampers
r suspension Multi-Link w/Coil Springs, Olins Adjustable Dampers
curb weight 1350 kg / 2976 lbs
wheelbase 2510 mm / 98.8 in
front track 1490 mm / 58.7 in
rear track 1490 mm / 58.7 in
length 4330 mm / 170.5 in
width 1690 mm / 66.5 in
height 1415 mm / 55.7 in
transmission 6-Speed INVECS Sequential w/Carbon Clutch
gear ratios 2.785:1, 1.950:1, 1.444:1, 1.096:1, 0.825:1, :1
final drive 4.875:1
top speed ~180.2 kph / 112.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.5 seconds