Mitsubishi's WRC technical developments

Technical details are emerging about the 'Step 2' Mitsubishi Lancer World Rally Car, which is expected to make its competition debut at next month's Rally Finland, having achieved its FIA homologation (July 26). Mitsubishi's Ralliart motorsport arm expects the new car to restore the Japanese company as a front-running competitor in the World Rally Championship

Mitsubishi's WRC technical developments

Handicapped fundamentally by bodywork which limited rear suspension travel in its previous Group A Lancer Evo VI, Ralliart motorsport arm brokered a deal with the FIA at the end of 2000 to enable competitive travel in the Group A car. The proviso was that the team produced a World Rally Car (its first) before the end of 2001. Hastily prepared, the 'Step 1' WRC first rallied on the Sanremo Rally in October 2001. This car has never worked properly. Deficiencies in front suspension design and the use of the transmission system, carried over from the Group A car, combined to make it extremely difficult to drive and incapable of posting competitive stage times.

The Step 2 car boasts significant revisions to its front suspension design and a revised transmission system. It retains Mitsubishi's unique electro-magnetic slip-limiting apparatus in all three differentials, and a sprag clutch in the centre differential. The latter's casing has been enlarged to accommodate bigger diameter clutch packs, and an enhanced ability to stiffen centre settings is anticipated.

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