Octavian Lacatusu Photos The 1999 Mitsubishi Evo 6. Notice the built-in flared wheel arches to accomodate the wider rims

Hot Car: 1999 Mitsubishi Evolution 6

Taking a look at one of Japan's greatest rally cars... which also happens to be in Sooke.

It’s been a while since we featured a special Sooke car, last one being a very classy sport ute from the Outback.

This time, we head over to Japan to catch a glimpse of one the world’s most successful rally cars: Aaron Kasper’s right-hand-drive 1999 Mitsubishi Evo (short for Evolution) 6.

With its 747-like rear spoiler, flared wheel arches and low fascia, the Evo looks like it fell off the screen of a Playstation racing game – but don’t be fooled, this is no boy’s toy; underneath all that flare is a 276-horsepower, all-wheel-drive race machine capable of going 0-60 mph in under six seconds. Given the Evo’s clever all-aluminum four-cylinder engine, dual camshafts and a turbocharger big enough to suck in a baby, that’s hardly surprising.

And neither is the Evo’s stellar record. In the hands of racing legends Tommi Makinen and Ritso Mannisenmaki it won the World Rally Championships several times, keeping neck-in-neck with its long-standing rival, the Subaru Imprezza.

Got a cool car? Shoot your info and a photo to: reporter@sooknewsmirror.com

 

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