Lot 125 - 1998 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V
|Odometer reading||52,000 miles|
|Result||Sold - £10,360|
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has had ten official versions to date; all use two-litre, turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive systems. Originally intended only for Japanese markets, demand led the Evolution series to be offered through Ralliart dealer networks in the UK. The Evolution II was upgraded in December 1993 with handling improvements, wheelbase adjustments and bodywork tweaks. February 1995 saw the arrival of the Evolution III which had more aggressive styling and improved air supply. The Lancer platform was completely changed in 1996 with the engine and transaxle rotated 180° to better balance the weight and eliminate torque steer. Lancer Evolutions were successful in WRC Rallies from 1996 to 1999, mostly in the hands of Finnish driver Tommi Mäkinen, clinching driver's titles in four-consecutive seasons from 1996 to 1999 in Evolutions III, IV, V, and VI.
This stunning Evolution V was manufactured in 1998, imported and registered in the UK on 1st August, 2015. The engine was subjected to a race rebuild by renowned specialists Field Motorsport in January, 2017. Tommy Field became noticed for his impeccable engine builds, most famously building Francoise Delacour's winning WRC engine in 1994. The build consisted of forged internals including rods, pistons, cams as well as a brand new turbo costing some £6,200 with invoices in the supplied history file. The vendor informs us the engine is as new and capable of delivering some 500bhp. Supplied with an MoT test certificate valid until 28th July, 2017 and two sets of keys, it is finished in the desirable colour scheme of silver with a black and blue interior. With second to none rally pedigree, this Evo offers fantastic value for money as it is offered at no reserve; it will surely bring out your inner Tommi Mäkinen!