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At 10.00am on Saturday 20th September, the all-new Mitsubishi R5 was officially launched at Rallyday – the annual event that celebrates the sport of rallying – at Castle Combe Race Circuit in Wiltshire, South West England. The car was revealed in front of an expectant crowd, who witnessed its first public appearance outside Scandinavia. r5release7

Based on the new Mirage (badged Space Star in European territories), the Mitsubishi R5 has been designed and developed by Tomas Weng of Mpart AB (Ralliart Sweden) and is built to comply with R5 Class regulations.

It is fitted with a 1620cc version of the Mitsubishi 4B11 engine that appeared in the Evolution X. It features a five-speed Sadev transmission and four-wheel-drive system, with MacPherson suspension all-round, mated to specially designed subframes and Öhlins dampers.

Following the unveiling, Tomas Weng was interviewed about his latest creation that has been 18-months in the making:

“A great deal of thought has gone into the design and development of this car. We have kept it as simple and efficient as possible and have used as many Mitsubishi parts as we can. We are confident this will make the car straightforward to maintain and has enabled us to offer it at a competitive price.

r5release5“We are extremely excited about this car and believe it has a great future. So far, customer enquiries have exceeded our expectations and confirmed sales have already reached double figures.”

An extensive testing programme is due to commence in October and the car is scheduled to enter its first event early next year. Orders are now being taken. Customers requiring further details can visit: http://www.mitsubishiR5.com

Technical Specification

Engine
4-cyl, 16v, transverse 1620cc
Garrett turbo with 32mm restrictor
Gems ECU
Power/Torque
280 hp (approx) @ 7500rpm
450 Nm (approx) @ 7500rpm
Transmission
Sadev 5-speed sequential
Mechanical diff front & rear with AP coupling
Suspension
MacPherson strut, all-round
Öhlins dampers
Docal subframes
Brakes
AP 4-pot front & rear, ventilated disks:
Asphalt 355mm / gravel/snow 300mm
Wheels
Asphalt: 18 x 8”
Gravel: 15 x 7″
Snow: 16 x 5″
Dimensions
Length: 3740mm
Width: 1820mm
Height: 1490mm (depending on set up)
Wheelbase: 2470mm
Weight: 1230kgs (min)

Specifications subject to change.

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