The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V

1998

Lancer Evolution V History

The fifth iteration of the Lancer Evolution, known as the Mitsubishi Evo 5, was launched in January 1998. A new World Rally Championships category that permitted more extensive modification on cars came about in 1997. While other car manufactures were producing new World Rally Cars, Mitsubishi Motors chose to continue its policy of building technological elements required to improve the performance of its rally machines into its production models. And therefore, continued participating in Group A with the Evo 5.

Mitsubishi Evo 5 Interior

The Evo’s Active Yaw Control (AYC) first used in the previous Evo 4 was upgraded in the Evo 5. A front helical limited-slip differential was added to increase optimum torque distribution, enhancing cornering performance and braking stability even further.

Under the bonnet the Evolution V also got an upgrade. Lighter pistons, a larger turbocharger nozzle, and other changes boosted maximum torque to 38.0 kg-m. A more powerful engine output meant the Evo 5 needed improved brakes. We added Brembo callipers, giving much improved braking. These new larger brakes called for larger 225/45ZR17 tyres to be fitted.

Mitsubishi Evo 5 Exterior

As well as the internal tweaks the body of the Evolution was given a makeover. The track was widened significantly front and rear, and aerodynamic performance was also upgraded. The addition of aluminium fender blisters at the front, over fenders at the rear, and an aluminium rear deck spoiler with variable angle of attack all made the Mitsubishi Evo 5 cut through the air quicker. Along with the aerodynamic enhancements, the Evo 5 was given flared wheel arches front and rear, larger vents in the bonnet for improved radiator airflow, and enormous cooling vents in the bumper. All giving the EVO V a more aggressive, race-ready face.

Mitsubishi Evo 5 Rally Wins

This more aggressive look was reflected in the Evolution 5’s performance. In 1998 Tommi Mäkinen drove an Evo 5 to claim victory in his third consecutive Drivers' Championship. Also in this year, with help from Richard Burns in the other Evolution V, Mitsubishi Motors won seven of the thirteen World Rally Championship events to take home its first Manufacturer's Championship.