Spirit of Evolution: ’97 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV

The Mitsubishi Evo is more than just a car; it is a weapon.
In Mitsubishi Motors’ ceaseless quest to make a name for itself, racing became its priority on several occasions. In 1976, Lancer 1600 GSR, the first generation version of Mitsubishi’s Lancer nameplate, took the first place in the tough East African Safari Rally. In 1985, the Pajero, at only its third attempt, won in the Paris Dakar Rally. By then, it was clear that the company was committed to develop high technology and durability in creating its models. Mitsubishi first attempted to build a World Rally Championship car by introducing the Galant VR-4, which was built in compliance with the Group A regulations. To say that the first Lancer Evolution was simply a Galant VR-4 cramped inside a smaller body is an oversimplification.
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Evolution IV, or the ‘Evo 4’ 

Right on the heels of Tommi Mäkinen’s inaugural victory came a new platform for the Lancer—heavier, but more rigid. This new platform is still pretty unobtainable these days.

In 1996, the Lancer platform was modified, along with the Evo, which by then had been gaining worldwide recognition. The engine and transaxle was rotated 180 degrees for better weight balance and to eliminate torque steer.

Two versions were available: RS and GSR.

The RS version was created as a competition car, with a limited slip front differential and, at the rear, a friction type LSD. It also came with GLX seats and 16” or 17” steel wheels, depending on the owner’s choice—prerequisites for anyone entering car competitions. The RS also had wind-up windows—no air conditioning, just a heater—and few extra brace bars to bolster the chassis.

The GSR model featured a factory option for Mitsubishi’s new Active Yaw Control (AYC), as it used steering, throttle input sensors and G sensors for individual computer-hydraulic control of torque split to the rear wheels. Resulting this is the quick production and selling of 10,000 Evo IVs.

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The Lan Evo’s worldwide reputation influenced the global car community including in the Philippines, as plenty of locals desiring to own one but only few had given the luck, and passion to have one. Jordan is one of them.
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I had a brief chat with Jordan, Evo owner, about his mods:

Now you might wonder if Jordan’s Evo is stock. The answer is no, it’s not.

Jordan is a pedant when it comes to modding his beauty, keeping the stock look on its exterior. For wheels, he has plans to modify them in the future.

The roar of the twin external wastegate is what I’d call music to the ears of our people. Pair along with aftermarket exhaust manifold, 3”downpipes, so the exhaust gas can breathe easily and go straight to the HKS silent power muffler, which is pretty neighborhood-friendly. We wouldn’t want any complaints from the nosy neighbor who loathes you but secretly wants to steal your EVO now, won’t we?

Evo IX Flywheel and Stage 1 Exedy clutch kit for that crisp and responsive clutch feel. Walbro 255lph fuel pumps, greedy 3 rows radiator and Evo IX blow of valve for performance reliability. RS rear differential, ralliart front and rear strut bars to match Jordan’s driving style.

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The well-balanced of power and handling makes easy for Jordan to use it as daily driver.

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SOC-1908Jordan’s future plans for the car are pretty straightforward. Just a set of new wheels and preserve the clean original look. Performance-wise. Strengthening the bushings, turbo and drivetrain upgrades.

1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV 4G63 

Mods and Upgrades

• Evo 9 Flywheel
• Stage 1 Exedy Clutch kit
• Evo 9 Blow Off Valve
• Aftermarket Exhaust Manifold
• Dual External Wastegate
• 3” Inches downpipe straight to cat back
• Stainless charge pipe
• Walbro 255LPH Fuel Pump
• HKS Silent Power muffler
• RS Rear Differential
• Ralliart Front and Rear Strut Bar
• Greddy 3 rows Radiator
• HKS Air Intake Filter
• Turbosmart manual boost controller
• Cusco Oil Catch Can
• Red Samco Hoses
• Mitsubishi OEM Boost,Oil Temp,Voltmeter Gauges
• Ralliart Shift Knob
• Momo Pedals
• Mitsuba Alpha Horn
• Viper Car Alarm

Photo: Vincent Capili
Words: Juan Miguel Jimenez, Elizabeth Deyro and Vincent Capili