Mitsubishi Racing Lancer to Bring Turbocharged Engine in FIA Cup

Mitsubishi Motor Corporation today announced that the Racing Lancer model registered for FIA Cup will feature a turbodiesel engine for improved performance. The new engine will debut on November 2 in Portugal's Baja Portalegre, with the Racing Lancer driven by Stephane Peterhansel and Jean Paul Cottret as co-driver.

The turbocharged engine is said to provide advanced power at any engine speed thanks to a two-stage turbocharger “which calls on small and large turbines in accord with engine speed and load,” as mentioned in press released published by Mitsubishi.

“The team's partner Valeo contributed to the development of a particularly efficient cooling system to cope with the hot climates frequently encountered in cross-country rallying. Handling has been further enhanced by the reduced moment of inertia resulting from the revised location for the spare wheels, as well as by significant modifications to the suspension geometry.”

The new 3.0-liter V6 engine is able to develop a maximum power of 280 PS (206 kW) with a peak torque if 66.3 kgm (650 Nm). Moreover, Racing Lancer's body was inspired by Lancer Sportback in order to get a more aerodynamic styling for increased speeds during FIA Cup events.

Beside all of these, the new Racing Lancer features Valeo headlights and Brembo brakes based on 16-inch ventilated discs with six-piston calipers. “Mitsubishi's new cross-country rally challenger sits on 7JJx16 OZ aluminum alloy wheels and BFGoodrich low rolling resistance competition tires (245/80-16),” Mitsubishi added in the press release.

The aforementioned Lancer Sportback will be released in Japan in the last months of 2008, with the production model to be marketed as Galant Fortis Sportback.
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