Lancer Evolution V

1998

Lancer Evolution V

In 1997, the FIA approved a new WRC-exclusive World Rally Car category that permitted more extensive modification. While its rivals built new WR Cars, Mitsubishi Motors decided to continue participating in Group A under its policy of building technological elements required to improve the performance of its rally machines into its production models. The Lancer Evolution V was launched in January 1998 with modifications that made it competitive with the WR Cars. The use of lighter pistons, a larger turbocharger nozzle and other changes boosted maximum torque to 38.0 kg-m. Track was widened significantly front and rear, inverted strut suspension adopted at the front, and larger 225/45ZR17 tires fitted. A front helical LSD was added to the AYC to promote optimum torque distribution. The higher engine power output was complemented with Brembo calipers, giving much improved braking. Aero- dynamic performance was also upgraded with aluminum fender blisters at the front, overfenders at the rear and an aluminum rear deck spoiler with variable angle of attack. Lancer Evolution V did more than hold its own against the formidable WR Cars in 1998, with Tommi Mäkinen winning his third Drivers' Championship in as many years and, helped by Richard Burns in the other Evolution V, Mitsubishi Motors taking its first Manufacturer's Championship.

Overall length 4350 mm
Overall width 1770 mm
Overall height 1415 mm
Engines 2.0 L turbo