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Mitsibishi Need You.

By Tim Smith

Mitsubishi, erm, well, yeah… they were cool at some point, right? The Sigma was like a Japanese Senator, there was the Galant VR-4, the FTO and all those Evo’s. Oh, and the Shogun was competitive at some point.

Most of this stuff, though, was JDM only. Sure, plenty of FTO’s made it over here, the odd VR-4 rumbles around and the sight of an Evo still stirs me, but really, what have Mitsubishi got?


Well, these days on the shores of this island, not a lot. You’ve got the Mirage, ASX, Outlander and Shogun to choose from. Quite apart from any of these cars being competitive, where are the quick models? The interesting models?

Sure the Outlander boasts the ‘world’s first hybrid SUV’, which I’m not even sure is true, but where is The Performance? Where are the cars that the Japfest lot would migrate into after mucking around in old FTO’s, 3000GT’s and modified Colt’s?

Well, everybody with a Mitsubishi, now’s your chance to be heard. Mitsubishi are planning a 40th anniversary ‘grand tour’.

‘We are delighted with the varied range of ‘classic’ Mitsubishis that have entered”, said event coordinator Simon Slade. “Some of the cars are in original condition, whilst others have undergone significant restoration. Either way, each has been selected on merit by meeting the entry criteria and being worthy of inclusion.’

‘Selected’. Say’s it all really.

I’m sure they wouldn’t mind some extra people turning up, though. You know, get the ol’ hotdog van/L200 making some money.

So, If you love your Mitsubishi, go along anyway. Join the parade. Show Mitsubishi UK that you care, that you would like to see a better current range, with more interesting stuff, and that Mitsubishi are cool.

The event will be held on the 31st of May at Rendcomb Airfield in sunny Gloucestershire. That Mike Brewer chap off the ol’ telly will be there, no doubt wheelin’ and dealin’. Or something.

You can keep up with the news of the event by going over to Mitsubishi’s web page.

I wish you luck.




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Mitsubishi… Wait For It… BOOOOOST!

By Tim Smith

See that exclamation mark? All the way up there in the title? Well, my readers, that signifies nothing if you’re on FaceBook and you’re lending me some more sage advice about life or a good poo you’ve done recently, but here it stands for OHMYGOSHOHMYGOSHOHMYGOSHOHMYGOSH… and so on and so forth:

FQ 440. Mitsubishi's 40th birthday present to itself. There will be 40. They will all be white. 40.

FQ 440. Mitsubishi’s 40th birthday present to itself. There will be 40. They will all be white. 40.

Well, that there is the new (old) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ 440 MR. And in case you forgot about the early part of this century, Evo special editions used to have the prefix ‘Q’ meaning ‘quick’ and then someone in Cirencester (full of posho’s, the odd royal and, as it happens, Mitsubishi’s UK’s HQ) decided to add an ‘F’ to that. No prizes for guessing what that stood for. And it is not falafel.

So figs, for shits and gigs?

Well, as the name suggests 440bhp at 6800rpm and a rather twisty 412lb.ft at a not so low 3100rpm. Which all sounds like a recipe for, wait for it… no seriously, it’s just got to… whooooaaaaaaaaaaTurboLaaaaaaaaggggg….

How have they achieved this?

Basically by throwing most of the Janspeed catalogue at whoever performs these sort of mod’s. Think of that scene in The Fast And The Furious where they lay all the parts out on the floor:

  • Bespoke engine ECU re-map
  • HKS turbo
  • Janspeed exhaust system with a high-flow sports catalytic convertor
  • Janspeed intake & intercooler piping kit
  • Janspeed tubular manifold
  • Motorsport specification high-flow fuel injectors
  • Alcon front braking system – 6 pot mono-block front calipers with floating disc and bell assembly
  • Alcon rear caliper with floating disc and bell assembly
  • Eibach coil springs

If I’m honest this sort of car still tickles me, but for 50K you could have an M235i (which may or may not try to kill you if you hurl it down a wet airfield at over 100mph, which, with all of the 4WD elastic trickery that the Evo has, it most certainly won’t) and have enough to buy an Evo VI for doing some amateur rallycross at the weekend.

It’s cool, no doubt, and, as 40th birthday presents go (this edition is to celebrate 40 years of Mitsubishi) it’s a good one, but c’mon Mitsubishi. You make ships, for crying out loud, can we have an exciting range of cars as well?



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Elijah Wood Is On A Budget Too.

So you’ve been doing some acting and it’s going fairly well. After being in a Hollywood film where a comet hits the Earth and everyone’s favourite Penguin documentary narrator is the president of the ol’ States of ‘Merica you get a phone call from a bloke who claims he’s remaking the Lord Of The Rings. Have you got a spare ten years or so?

As it happens, you do, and a few years later ALL the bills are paid FOREVER.

If you were, in fact,  Elijah Wood visiting a rainy little island for a starring role in a new film about Dylan Thomas you’d probably swan about in all Range Rovers or something.

Well, you’d be wrong. Damn Wrong:

Elijah Wood prefers an ASX.

Elijah Wood prefers an ASX.

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