Video: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Sets 1/4 Mile Record
Sometimes we see things that just make us sit back and marvel. This is one of those things. Say hello to the supposed fastest Mitsubishi Evolutionin the world. It’s a complete shell of a car, but it packs goodies where it counts. Somehow the tuners at STM managed to squeeze an 8.094 quarter-mile run from this little four-banger.
The drag runs took place early in November at the Maryland International Raceway. With the track all to themselves, the team went to work completing run after run, shooting for the quickest time.
Even with all-wheel-drive, the turbocharged four-cylinder provided so much power the car could barley keep straight. Some insanely quick shifts by the driver kept the boost up and the power rolling as the car barreled down the lanes. The record-setting run only took 8.094 seconds to complete the quarter mile run and the fastest overall speed was 182.53 mph. That’s movin’ on.
STM doesn’t list all modifications the Evo has done, but we suspect nearly every nut and bolt in this car has been tweaked. Full race internals in the engine are a certainty and the transmission has to be a beefier unit than stock. Of course the Evo’s interior has been completely gutted save for the driving controls and the added safety cage.
It’s a worthwhile video, so be sure to check it out.
The current (but dying) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is a formidable rally car and competitor to the Subaru WRX STI. The Evo was born in 1992 and its success in the Japanese market moved Mitsubishi to sell it globally. It has received many updates throughout the years and now lives in its tenth generation.
The latest Evo is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 291 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Two transmissions are available, a six-speed twin-clutch transmission and a five-speed manual transmission.
Pricing for the Evo X starts at $34,995 for the manual transmission and $38,195 for the dual clutch.