WRC 1993

WRC 1993

1993 World Rally Championship

In 1993, major changes were made to the regulations for Group A cars, which is the top category in World Rally Championship (WRC). The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) first reduced the lowest production volume required to obtain homologation from 5,000 units to 2,500. In terms of technology, the minimum weight of a 2.0-liter turbo car was increased from 1,100 to 1,200 kg, while the maximum outer diameter of the tires was reduced from 680 to 650 mm. The diameter of the air restrictor was also reduced from 40 to 38 mm. The fuel used was unified based on a specified type, and simultaneously the octane rating was lowered from 102 to about 97.
Rd. name Country
1 Monte Carlo Rally Europe, France, Africa and Monaco
2 Swedish Rally Sweden
3 Rallye de Portugal Portugall
4 Safari Rally Kenya
5 Tour de Corse France
6 Acropolis Rally Greece
7 Rally Argentina Argentina
8 Rally New Zealand New Zealand
9 1000 Lakes Rally Finland
10 Rally Australia Australia
11 Rallye Sanremo Italy
12 Rally Catalunya Spain
13 RAC Rally United Kingdom
LANCER EVOLUTION, which inherited the name of a famous car that conquered the Safari Rally and Southern Cross Rally in the 1970s, finally made its debut at the Monte Carlo Rally as new regulations that have a major impact on rally car development came into effect on January 1st.
In addition to Kenneth Eriksson (Sweden), the MITSUBISHI MOTORS team newly appointed Armin Schwarz (Germany). In Monte Carlo, the two LANCER EVOLUTIONs raced to the end despite numerous problems, with Eriksson ending up fourth and Schwarz, who set two second fastest stage times, finishing sixth.
After that, MITSUBISHI MOTORS team’s Ericsson achieved the first fastest time for the LANCER EVOLUTION at the Portugal Rally, while Schwarz finished third in the Acropolis Rally in Greece.
Eriksson finished fifth in the 1000 Lakes Rally (now known as Rally Finland).
At that rally, the young Tommi Mäkinen (Finland), who will later win four titles with the MITSUBISHI MOTORS team, visited the team's service facility. The general manager of the team, Iwao Kimata, promised to give him “a chance to drive a Works Car the following year."
In the middle of the 1993 season, the MITSUBISHI MOTORS team overhauled the multilink-type rear suspension, front and rear stabilizers, and 4WD system. As a result, LANCER EVOLUTION's handling improved significantly, and, in the final RAC rally, Schwarz achieved a total of five fastest times and led the rally in the early stages. He finished 8th after going off the road, but Eriksson also reached a total of five fastest times and finished second after fighting for the lead. If not for a three-minute delay due to a flat tire, the team could have won the rally. However, they finished the season with a great achievement.
The Group N LANCER EVOLUTION also made its debut that same year. Its first victory was achieved at the New Zealand Rally by Yoshio Fujimoto, who was selected as Toyota's works driver the following year.


Rd. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Armin Schwarz 6th R 3rd 9th 8th
Nicky Grist
Kenneth Eriksson 4th 5th R 5th 2nd
Staffan Parmander
Kenjiro Shinozuka R
Pentti Kuukkala
Driver Co-driver R - Retired D - Disqualified
Rd. 1 2 3 4
Armin Schwarz 6th R
Nicky Grist
Kenneth Eriksson 4th 5th
Staffan Parmander
Kenjiro Shinozuka R
Pentti Kuukkala
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
3rd 9th
R 5th
12 13



R - Retired

D - Disqualified


LANCER Evolution

Overall length 4,310 mm
Overall width 1,695 mm
Engine model 4G63 4-cylinder DOHC turbo
Displacement 1,997 cc
Maximum output 295 ps
Maximum torque 45.9 kg-m