Mitsubishi Motors UK has taken the wraps off the fastest saloon car ever produced by a major manufacturer. Built to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Mitsubishi’s entry into the UK market, the new Lancer Evolution VIII MR FQ-400 will be built in a limited edition run of just 100 cars, and is available to order now priced £46,999.
The car was the brainchild of Mitsubishi Motors UK’s Sales & Marketing Director, Lance Bradley. "The new Lancer Evolution VIII MR FQ-400 is the ultimate expression of who and what we are as a brand. This is a versatile four-door saloon that can out accelerate supercars costing almost ten times as much."
The new model is based on the Lancer Evolution VIII MR FQ-320 and was developed in the UK by Mitsubishi Motors UK’s motor sports department, in association with tuning specialists Rampage, Owen Developments and Flow Race Engines. Together, they modified the Lancer’s legendary 2.0-litre turbocharged engine so that it now produces a mighty 405bhp and 355lb ft of torque.
This is enough to propel the FQ-400 from 0-60mph in an incredible 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 175mph*. It is a performance that even some of the world’s most exotic supercars struggle to match. The £330,000 Porsche Carrera GT, for example, requires 3.9 seconds to sprint from 0-62mph, while the ultra-exclusive Pagani Zonda needs 3.7 seconds. The BMW M3 – hitherto the benchmark ‘everyday supercar’ – takes 5.3 seconds to achieve the same feat.
The key to the MR FQ-400’s performance lies not just in its engine, but also in its sophisticated chassis. Like every car in the Evolution VIII MR (Mitsubishi Racing) range, the FQ-400 benefits from Mitsubishi’s electronically-controlled four-wheel drive system (4WD) and a Bilstein suspension system honed at the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife racetrack. The introduction of a new braking system on the FQ-400 also ensures that it has the ‘stop’ to match its ‘go’.
Subtle aesthetic enhancements differentiate the FQ-400 from the rest of the MR range and improve its high-speed stability. Ralliart aero mirrors, a carbon fibre front lip spoiler and a ‘sharks tooth’ rear vortex generator, are as functional as they are attractive. And it further benefits from gloss black lightweight Team Dynamics alloy wheels and red ‘FQ-400’ badging.
Inside, the sporting, focussed theme continues with a Momo steering wheel and Recaro bucket seats. The fascia has carbon fibre detailing and there’s a discreet plaque next to the gearstick, which reveals the car’s production number. The ambience is purposeful but the FQ-400 is no stripped out road racer. Electric windows and mirrors and climate control are all fitted as standard, highlighting the Lancer’s appeal as the world’s most practical and versatile supercar.
As befits its status as an official Mitsubishi Motors UK product, the FQ-400 has undergone extensive reliability testing and is supplied with a three years/36,000 mile manufacturer’s warranty. This exciting flagship can be ordered now from approved Mitsubishi Ralliart dealers.
Note to editors: Lancer Evolution VIII MR FQ-400
FQ-400 is Lancer Evolution VIII MR FQ-320 plus:
Rampage (Rampage Performance Motorparts)
A Weston-super-Mare based company with branches in Southampton and Liverpool, James Kaye (Current works BTCC driver) and Steve Turvey (US Pro Rally Champion 2002) are working as principle directors. Rampage is the leading HKS performance engine parts distributor in the UK. Rampage has worked closely with Mitsubishi Motors UK on both Evolution VIII and Evolution VIII MR, being the key partner in the FQ power upgrades for these vehicles. Rampage assigned Graham Neale, their in-house Product Development Engineer, formerly a Development Engineer in the Prodrive Drive Train department, to work on the FQ-400 development project from the outset. Rampage are responsible for parts specification, power unit, fuel delivery, all carbon trim products and provide the technical element to the programme. Rampage will be responsible for removing and reinstalling the engines for build and co-ordinating the production of all 100 FQ-400’s. Final commissioning will be carried out at Rampage in Southampton.
Flow Race Engines
Flow Race Engines, formally Warren Heath Motorsport, is a compact Warwick based company who specialize in preparation and development of performance road and race engines. Between partners Warren Heath and Duncan McLellan there is 33 years experience, most at world rally championship level with Prodrive and Motor Sport Developments (MSD) who were, until recently, running the Hyundai WRC team. Both Duncan and Warren have worked on a wide variety of technical and engineering upgrades including projects with Aston Martin, Lotus, Porsche and Cosworth. Flow Race Engines are responsible for the building of the FQ-400 power plant.
Figurehead Brian Owen has vast experience in the motor sport field and has developed close links with Mitsubishi Motors UK, being instrumental an a number of vehicle power upgrades and enhancements including both the Evolution VIII FQ-330 and Evolution VIII MR FQ-340. The Oxfordshire based company has full rolling road facilities where the ECU mapping work for FQ-330, FQ-340 and now FQ-400 is completed. Owen Developments are main agents for MOTEC who have provided the ECU for the FQ-400. In addition, Owen Developments are the only official Garrett competition turbocharger dealer in the UK and have provided and specified the unique high performance turbocharger, cast stainless steel exhaust manifold and exhaust elbow for the FQ-400 project. The final tune for each FQ-400 will take place on the Owen Developments 4x4 rolling road facility to ensure optimum power and tune from each vehicle before reaching the customer.
HKS the World’s leading Japanese aftermarket performance parts specialist is the principal supplier of engine components for the FQ-400 project. HKS are undoubtedly Mitsubishi specialists and have developed a strong relationship and technical link with Mitsubishi worldwide. HKS Europe has been responsible for providing the Mitsubishi World Rally Team with the engines that power their Works Evolutions and now the Works WRC Car. HKS have full engine dynamometer facilities and a state of the art engine build shop that operates under the tightest security. HKS are already responsible for the FQ upgrade components fitted to Evolution VIII and Evolution VIII MR. All products are rigorously tested to destruction and are renowned world wide for quality and reliability.
Alcon Components are responsible for the FQ-400 braking system and have developed a Monoblock 6-pot caliper and 343mm twin part disc specifically for the project. Alcon have also developed a clutch derived from their highly successful group N rally product. Based in Tamworth, Alcon have their Research and Development facility and workshop based at the same site and have established themselves as leaders in competition braking. Alcon have a vast depth of experience in providing bespoke solutions and components to projects such as the FQ-400 having previously worked extensively with Prodrive and other participants on the World Rally Championship.
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