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  Home > Teams > Past WRC teams > Mitsubishi > Rally cars > Lancer Evo V
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Fifth evolution of the successful Lancer saw action only for a short period as it was unveiled in Catalunya 1998 and replaced already in Monte Carlo next year. Despite taking part in only nine rallies in 1998, car went on to win more than half of those as well as securing Mitsubishi their first (and to date, only) manufacturers title and already third consecutive drivers title for Tommi.

Compared to it's precessor, Evo V had only small differences. Move to maximum width of 1770mm allowed wider front and rear track (20mm and 15 mm respectively), this was mainly aimed to make car more competitive on tarmac. Lightened components included bonnet and front wings made of aluminium plus plastic rear wheel arch extensions.

Small changes were made to various components including engine and transmission but none of these were major or radical, mostly concentrating on improved serviceability. Rear suspension was altered again from Evo IV. Aerodynamics and consequently appearance of the car were somewhat altered by new bumpers and rear wing, which became adjustable to change degree of downforce generated.

Due to limitations of Group A regulations, team was unable to achieve desired suspension travel in rear. After consulting with other teams, FIA granted Mitsubishi a dispensation to alter rear doors and wheel-arches slightly more than Group A regulations allowed.

Debut WRC event: Catalunya 1998
Best WRC result: 1st by Tommi Makinen in Argentina 1998
 1st by Tommi Makinen in Finland 1998
 1st by Tommi Makinen in San Remo 1998
 1st by Tommi Makinen in Australia 1998
 1st by Richard Burns in Great Britain 1998
Rallies contested: 9  (works entries)
WRC starts: 18  (works entries)
Outright wins: 5  (wins to rallies ratio 55.6%)
Podiums: 7  (podiums to starts ratio 38.9%)
DNF's: 6  (DNF's to starts ratio 33.3 %)
Points scored: 66  (manufacturer championship points)
Avg points per rally: 7.3  
Technical data
Group and class A8
Location: Front transverse
Turbo: Yes
Cylinders: 4 in line
Valves: 16
Bore x stroke: 85.0 x 88.0 mm
Cubic capacity: 1997 cc
Power: 290 hp
Torque: 510 Nm
Compression ratio: 8.5:1
Length: 4350 mm
Width: 1770 mm
Height: 1395 mm
Wheelbase: 2510 mm
Front track: 1510 mm
Rear track: 1505 mm
Weight: 1230 kg
Drive: 4WD
Gearbox: Longitudinal
Gears: 6
Sequential: Yes
Clutch plates: 3
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Tommi Makinen, Catalunya 1998 Click picture to see larger version in a pop-up window