Mitsubishi UK Unleashes Extreme Evo
By Feann Torr - 3/12/2004
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII FQ400
The enhanced FQ400 Evolution generates
298kW of power (brown undies not included)
298kW @ 6800rpm and 481Nm @ 5000rpm
help the MR FQ400 to surpass 280km/h
It's an Evo - only much scarier, able to
go from 0-100km/h in just 3.5 seconds
The "sharks tooth" rear vortex
generator is too cool for school
Having just driven a Mitsubishi
Lancer Evolution VIII that races to 100km/h from standstill
in 6.1 seconds, one wonders what it would feel like to drive
the MR FQ400 version.
The forces of gravity that wrack your body when driving the
195kW Australian-spec Evo VIII are best described as intense,
so what would an Evolution with an additional 103kW feel like?
Mitsubishi UK's motor sports department together with tuning
specialists Rampage, Flow Race Engines and Owen Developments
got together recently and created a monster of a four-pot
screamer in the form of the 298kW Lancer Evolution VIII MR
FQ400 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Mitsubishi's entry
into the UK market.
The 405 horsepower (298kW) Evo is wild. Completely insane,
if you like.
Able to outpace cars like Porsche's Carrera GT and the Pagani
Zonda from 0-100km/h, the new FQ400 Evo VIII churns out 298kW
@ 6800rpm and 481Nm @ 5000rpm.
Only 100 of the ballistic pocket rockets will be built by
Mitsubishi UK's motor sports division, and each will sell
for a lot less than exotic supercars of relatively similar
£46,999 is the asking price, which, at the time of
writing, converts to roughly $117,000 in Australian currency,
which is double what the stock Evo VIII costs just a tad cheaper
than the Zonda, which fetches $1,200,000 here.
"The new Lancer Evolution VIII MR FQ400 is the ultimate
expression of who and what we are as a brand. This is a versatile
four-door saloon that can out accelerate supercars costing
almost ten times as much," said Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi
Motors UK's sales and marketing director who came up with
the idea for the excessively powerful FQ400.
And while many backyard tuners may be able to reach similar
outputs with a Lancer Evolution VIII, how many of them offer
a 3 year warranty?
Mitsubishi UK's new fire-breathing four-banger has undergone
"extensive reliability testing" according to the
company and, as such, buyers get a 3 year/36,000 mile (57,940km)
The FQ400 begins life as a normal Evolution VIII and then
gets tweaked. And by tweaked I mean comprehensively upgraded.
To begin with, the standard turbo is ditched for a big and
very bad custom built Garrett GT dual ball bearing turbocharger,
and to deal with the increased strain this puts on engine
components, things like HKS forged connecting rods, Omega
forged pistons, 680cc HKS injectors and a Zytec high pressure
fuel pump are used.
One of the FQ400's major build partners, Owen Developments,
contributes a custom manufactured cast stainless steel exhaust
manifold and exhaust elbow, while a Jan Speed high flow sports
cat ensures the engine breathes easily.
A new engine control unit is used to oversee the upgraded
engine's major functions, a Motec M800 OEM ECU, and another
notable addition is the Alcon competition-derived 240mm heavy
These go-fast goodies help the Evo VIII MR FQ400's 2.0-litre,
16-valve engine achieve its whopping 298kW power output, allowing
the AWD supercar to dash to 100km/h from rest in just 3.5
It has a top speed of 281km/h, or 175mph, and that puts it
firmly in superbike territory, most of which weigh under 200kg!
In addition to all the tasty engine upgrades, one of the
keys to the MR FQ400's driver's license voiding performance
is in its sophisticated chassis, says Mitsu's UK motorsports
Just like all other Evo VIII MRs, the FQ400 makes use of
Mitsubishi's electronically-controlled 4WD system to make
sure all that power torque is put to effective use, both in
a straight line and round corners.
The Bilstein suspension system (which was refined and tuned
at the legendary Nurburgring road/racetrack) allows the FQ400
to corner with the utmost confidence, and the introduction
of an Alcon Mono6 brake kit (incorporating Monobloc 6 piston
calipers with 343mm curved vein discs with Ferodo DS2500 brake
pads) ensures that deceleration matches the car's forceful
High speed stability has been improved by upgrading the aero
bodykit with a carbon fibre front lip spoiler and the incredibly
aggressive "sharks tooth" rear vortex generator.
Somewhat stubby Ralliart Aero mirrors also make the cut, and
lightweight alloy wheels by Team Dynamics with a gloss black
finish reduce unsprung weight for quicker turn-in and rapid
changes in direction.
Mitsubishi's UK motor sports branch have given the Evo VIII
MR FQ400's interior a very mild going over, and though the
Recaro racing seats and Momo steering wheel steel are retained
(no bad thing in my book), new additions comprise carbon fibre
detailing and a production number plaque next to the gearstick.
The electric windows, mirrors and climate control are all
fitted as standard, with Mitsu UK insisting the FQ400 is no
"stripped out road racer".
Mitsubishi Ralliart dealers in the UK are now taking orders
for the violently powerful Evolution variant, and there's
a good chance they'll be snapped up quick smart.
Just to recap, the preposterously quick Lancer Evolution
VIII MR FQ400 makes 298kW @ 6800rpm and 481Nm @ 5000rpm, and
will hit 100km/h from rest in 3.5 seconds and reach a top
speed of just over 280km/h. I could go on, but why bother?
The stats speak for themselves.