MML Sports reveals its Group N Mitsubishi Evolution X rally car

Article by Christian A., on April 15, 2009

The ongoing global crisis has hit rally racing the hardest of all the major motorsports, but this doesn't mean that it is out of the game. While carmakers are slashing their motorsports spending to survive the economic downturn, privateers and independent teams such as MML Sports are taking things to their hands at the upper levels of racing. Unveiled today by MML Sports is the Group N Mitsubishi Evolution X rally car set to compete in the World Rally Championship Production category.

According to the firm the creation of the MML Evo X was, in varied ways, an experiment because not many of the essential upgrade and modification elements are offered in the aftermarket since the Evo X is fairly new.

This points to the fact that much of the car is individually made by MML in-house, including the fuel tank and roll cage. According to the specifications of the Group N, the 4B11 powerplant and regular suspension setup remain untouched. However, springs and dampers were upgraded together with BOS dampers.

The center differential and engine mapping are where Group N is given free reign and MML has installed a MOTEC control system to optimize output and performance, although the exact details concerning them have not yet been released.

Estimates put its power output between 118 mph and 136 mph (190 km/h and 220 km/h) contingent on the chosen gear set.
The new Group N Mitsubishi Evolution X by MML Sport is derived from the Mitsubishi Evolution X RS. The Group N Mitsubishi Evolution is essentially a Mitsubishi Evolution X RS in steroids with added safety elements. As per Group N rules, the suspension geometry and engine of the Group N Mitsubishi Evolution X remained stock. Nonetheless, the race car employed a MOTEC ECU to ensure optimized performance from its turbocharged 4B11 four-cylinder mil and to better control the center differential.

The Mitsubishi Evolution X RS is basically a version of the 10th generation of the Lancer Evolution sports sedan with a five-speed manual transmission and 16-inch wheels. The Japanese carmaker commenced sales of the Evolution X in October 2007 in Japan, in January 2008 in the United States, in February in Canada and in March 2008 in the United Kingdom.

The Mitsubishi Evolution X sedan is powered by a newly designed 2.0-liter 4B11T turbocharged, all-aluminum inline-4 GEMA engine, which power and torque depends on the market, although all versions featured at least 276 hp (280 PS or 206 kW). The model launched in Japan offers 276 hp of max output at 6,500 rpm and 422 Nm (311 lb.-ft.) of peak torque at 3,500 rpm.

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