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2.2 Stroker – Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII RSII

This weeks sticker car is a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII RSII stickered up to look like the #8 vehicle Alistair McRae and Co driver David Senior drove to a 14th place on the Monte Carlo Rally, their debut with the team.

Mitsubishi Evolution VII RSII, Castle Combe

The highlight of Alistair and Davids year came at the following Swedish Rally where they finished fifth, after which it became obvious that the car was never going to hold it’s own against the Peugeot 206’s which would win their 2nd Championship on the trot. Just before the end of the season Alistair damaged his liver while training on a mountain bike forcing him to miss several events and by the end of the season Mitsubishi withdrew from the World Rally Championship completely.

Mitsubishi Evolution VII RSII, Castle Combe

The Evolution VII seen here at Castle Combe a couple of years ago was built on the larger Lancer Cedia platform than the Evolution VI. To compensate for the 150lb weight gain handling improvements were engineered by introducing an active center differential, more effective limited-slip differential and front helical limited-slip differential.

Mitsubishi Evolution VII RSII, Castle Combe

A standard Evolution VII was quoted by the factory as producing around 270hp though the actual figure believed by the contemporary press suggested over 295hp was more likely with acceleration from rest to 60 mph in less than 4.8 seconds and a quarter mile time below 13 seconds.

RS features included titanium alloy turbocharger while an option was close ratio five speed gearbox. This particular car has a long list of modifications to improve performance, handling safety and styling most significant of which include an enlarged 2.2 liter 134 cui Stroker Engine, up from the original 2 litre / 122 cui, Skunk S2 Cams, HKS GTII 7460R Turbo, Indigo-GT Club Intercooler, Hydra Nemisis ECU which together help bring the power up to 455 hp with over 500 ft/lbs of torque.

The car is fitted with a six speed gearbox, Exedy Twin Plate and Clutch and Evo IX differential to help transmit all of that power to the wheels which are Rota Grid 18″ x 8.5″.

The list goes mods goes on and on, save to say this car is well above factory spec and obviously gives the owner a lot of pleasure going on the considerable sums of money he has spent on it since buying it from a dealer in 2007.

Thanks for joining me on this “2.2 Stroker” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !


A Psychotic Car ? – Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI eXtreme RS450

In 1973 Mitsubishi launched one of it’s most successful vehicles in the form of the 4 door tin top Lancer of which 6 million examples had been built by 2008. Spanning 5 model generations name variations according to specific markets included; Colt Lancer, Dodge/Plymouth Colt, Chrysler Valiant Lancer, Chrysler Lancer, Eagle Summit, Hindustan Lancer, Soueast Lioncel, Mitsubishi Mirage, Mitsubishi Galant Fortis and Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis.

Mitsubishi became the second Japanese manufacturer to win the East African Safari Rally in 1974 when Joginder Singh and David Doig beat Björn Waldegård and Hans Thorszelius driving a much faster but unreliable Porsche 911. Joginder and David won the Safari Rally, as it had by now become known in 1976, again driving a 1600 Lancer GSR.

In In the 1980’s Mitsubishi’s officials motorsport programmes were placed in the hands of Ralliart with former Rally Driver Andrew Cowan playing a prominent role. In 1996 Ralliart signed Tommi Mäkinen to drive it’s works Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III Rally cars and the combination won not only the 1996 Safari Rally but also the 1996 World Rally Drivers Championship.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI eXtreme RS450

Driving successive Evo IV, V and VI models Tommi won 3 more consecutive World Championships with Mitsubishi also winning the manufacturers title in 1998. By the end of 2001 Tommi had racked up 22 World Rally wins in Ralliart prepared Lancers.

Alongside it’s rally preparation business Ralliart also upgraded cars for customers and sold a range of performance goodies and today’s featured car, owned by fellow Bristol Pegasus Motor Club member Trevor Hartland is one that was upgraded by Ralliart.

Today’s featured car started life as a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI RSII, a model close to the top of the factory finished performance tree with the Anti Yaw Control (AYC) and Anti Lock Brakes (ABS) deleted to save weight and give the driver maximum control.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI eXtreme RS450

The Ralliart Evolution VI RSII “eXtreme” upgrade package included 18 inch wheels, lowered suspension with new bushes and top mounts, high ratio steering rack (just two turns lock to lock), plenty of interior and exterior carbon fiber.

A special Electronic Control Unit boosted the power up to 340hp with 303lb/ft torque at 3000 rpm enough to take one from rest to 60 mph in just 4 seconds, only 26 Evo VI RSII’s were upgraded to “eXtreme” spec plus an additional older Evo V. Today’s featured car is the 11th of the 26 Evo VI RSII “eXtreme” models.

The RS450 was a UK spec only upgrade on the “eXtreme” which was fitted to just four vehicles of which only three remain. The more or less competition RS450 spec includes among many more items a Ralliart blue printed motor with competition spec crankshaft,connecting rods, forged pistons, with high lift cams competition gasket, lightened valves.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI eXtreme RS450

For swift gear changes a phosphor bronze gear linkage bush kit was fitted, while the suspension is Group N, National competition spec with Ralliart strut braces front and rear and the brakes are to match.

The RS450 name was chosen because it was intended that the model would produce 450 lb per foot torque but the final figure was just over 380 lb per foot torque, enough described as “psychotic” by one commentator, to reach 60mph from rest in just 3.8 seconds and 100 mph in 8.8 seconds, not bad for a vehicle that cost £45,000 new in 2000.

Trevor’s car was the only white RS450 built and uniquely does has a colour coded rear wing at the original owners request after he was less than enamoured with the original red one. In 2001 this car covered the 1/4 mile Brighton speed trials in 12.53 seconds for a class winning 119mph run.

When Trevor last had his pride and joy tested on a rolling road the motor was conservatively mapped to produce 449 hp and 469 lb per foot torque with 1.8 bar of boost !

My thanks to Trevor Hartland for sharing these photo’s of his rare Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI eXtreme RS450.

Thanks for joining me on this “A Psychotic Car” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again for Americana Thursday tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !