A prototype of the car that will be used for the brand-new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X race-series was unveiled for the first time at the Autosport Show, which took place from 8th – 11th January at Birmingham’s NEC.
Displayed on the Pirelli stand in the main area of the exhibition, the racing Evo X attracted a great deal of attention from potential drivers, teams and the public, with organisers receiving a high number of enquiries for information on the new race-series.
Prepared by JR Motorsports, the company that builds and runs the works cars for Mitsubishi Motors UK, it was announced that the racing Evo X will be offered to competitors as a complete ready-to-race package.
Based on the production model of the new Lancer, the car will feature the Evolution’s proven four-wheel-drive transmission, coupled to its two-litre turbo-charged engine - which series organisers report will produce in the region of 400bhp in race specification.
Cars will be supplied with a welded-in safety cage and feature an upgraded braking system. Added to this will be fully adjustable competition suspension and other up-rated components, such as wheels, clutch and exhaust system.
Although a calendar is yet to be announced, organisers have confirmed that the series will go ahead in 2009, with racing commencing mid-season.
“2009 will represent a launch year for the series, which will enable us to get things up and running and introduce drivers, teams and sponsors as the season progresses”, said a spokesman for JR Motorsports. “We will then build up the series in order to announce an exciting and high-profile campaign for 2010.”
It is anticipated that the Evo X Series will feature a two-driver format with extended length races. Competitors will benefit from a prize fund, sensibly priced parts, extensive PR and strictly controlled technical regulations to ensure a fair and level playing field.
A full announcement detailing all aspects of the Evo X Series will take place in the Spring, when a calendar and regulations will be published for the 2009 season. Racing will start in the Summer