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1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V Group A

1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V Group A

1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V Group A


1998 was Mitsubishi’s most successfull year in rally motorsports. With the Evolution V platform, Mitsubishi finally claimed the WRC Manufactuerer’s Championship which had eluded them for five years. Tommi Makinen played a large role in this victory, as he himself took the WRC Driver’s Championship.

Techically, the Evolution V adopted many changes to reflect newer regulations that were put in place by the FIA in 1997. Mitsubishi and Ralliart created a new suspension for both the front and rear of the car. This suspension used different attachment points to allow for increased suspension travel. The new suspensions also increased the front and rear track of the car by nearly 1.5 inches (350 mm).

Ralliart pretty much left the engine the same for the 1998 season. A slightly larger turbocharger was attached and the engine managment system was tweaked.

Compares to its road-going countrepart, the RS version has no airbags, no electric windows, a limited interior and a mechanical differential. The road-going GSR model features an electronically controlled rear differential in an attempt to get closer to the RS rally car.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
production 6000
engine Turbocharged Inline-4
position Front Transverse
aspiration Twin-Scroll TurboCharger w/Intercooler
valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves / Cyl
fuel feed ECI Electronic Multi-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 216.3 kw / 290 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 145.22 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 230.16 bhp per tonne
torque 510 nm / 376.2 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels 4WD w/Mechanical LSD
front tires Michelin
rear tires Michelin
front brakes Brembro Vented Discs w/6-Pot Calipers
f brake size x 368 mm / x 14.5 in
rear brakes Brembro Vented Discs w/4-Pot Calipers
r brake size x 280 mm / x 11.0 in
front wheels F 457.2 x 203.2 cm / 180.0 x 8 in
rear wheels R 457.2 x 203.2 cm / 18 x 8 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/Lower Wishbones, Coil Springs, Olins Adjustable Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Multi-Link w/Coil Springs, Olins Adjustable Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1260 kg / 2778 lbs
wheelbase 2510 mm / 98.8 in
front track 1510 mm / 59.4 in
rear track 1505 mm / 59.3 in
length 4350 mm / 171.3 in
width 1770 mm / 69.7 in
height 1415 mm / 55.7 in
transmission 6-Speed INVECS Sequential
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 kph / 111.8 mph