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The 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR (also know as MR Evolution or MR EVO). The MR EVO is one of the finest all-around street performance cars available. This is attributed to its affordable price, (you can get a used 2006 MR EVO for about $20K-28K) its AWD system and its 2.0 liter, 286 horsepower, 289 ft-lbs torque, 4-cylinder engine.
Modifying the MR EVO presents many options as there are a plethora of race companies with parts available. There are certain points on the MR EVO that should be addressed first. MR Evolutions come with many factory placed restrictions. These OEM restrictions were put in place to make the car safer and more reliable for everyday driving. Unfortunately, these restrictions keep your MR EVO from making the most power it can. Below I have the top 5 tuning tips to unleash the true power of your MR EVO!
#1 High-Flowing Air Intake Filter
The MR EVO has the largest stock turbo in any of the Lancer Evolution line-up vehicles. The stock air box is extremely restrictive and a simple air intake replacement will free-up lots of power. The turbo itself will spool up a lot faster, decreasing turbo lag. Gains of anywhere from 8-15hp should be expected. Performance intakes for the MR EVO are very simple to install as well.
#2 High-Flowing 3 Inch Downpipe
The downpipe is one the most crucial parts of any turbocharged car. Upgrading your downpipe will increase loads of horsepower and torque throughout the RPM range. Your turbo will have enhanced spooling characteristics as well. What does this mean? It means that not only will your turbo spool up faster, but your overall boost curve will change as well. When it comes to the MR EVO, the most important place on the exhaust is immediately after the turbo.
#3 High-Flowing 3 Inch Exhaust System
The OEM exhaust on the Lancer Evolution MR is very restrictive. Upgrading the exhaust to a full 3 inch unit does nothing but good in terms of power. Not to mention that sweet exhaust tone that the MR Evolution can make. You will notice an immediate increase in top end power along with a beautiful exhaust tone in the upper RPM. With a variety of styles and finishes available, you can add a little personality to your MR EVO. Read the rest of this entry »
The Mitsubishi Company is a conglomerate of independent outfits united together under the same brand. The Company has an interesting history, starting out as a shipping concern in 1870. Then they moved into mining, shipbuilding, banking, insurance, warehousing, trade, paper, steel, glass, electrical equipment, aircraft, oil, and real estate.
The company made the famous Japanese Zero during WW2. The Zero was formidable in combat from Wake Island to Kamakazie raids on aircraft carriers.
After the war, Mitsubishi began ventures into petrochemical and nuclear areas. The company is now the largest Japanese trading company with 200 firms in 80 countries and over 50,000 workers. EVs are under serious development in Japan
For the record, The Japan Electric Vehicle Club has just set a world distance record for an electric car on one full charge. 17 drivers completed 1,456 laps on an oval track in Ibaraki Shimotsuma. The speed was 40 km/h (25mph), the car a converted Daihatsu Mira. The EV total distance added up to an amazing 1003km (623 mi).
The iMiev is the latest of a series of electric cars developed since the company began investigation into the technology in the 1970s. The iMiev began life as a converted 2005 Dodge Colt with 2-in wheel electric motors for power. After several variations of the in wheel design, the iMiev as is today was developed in 2006.
The car was first produced in 2009. It is one of the first of a new wave of electric cars on the market. Utility companies and other agencies have been field testing the Miev platform since 2007. Results have not generally been made public. However, there are reviews available from individuals testing the car.
The iMiev lists good performance specs, with a 16kWh Li-Ion battery pack boosting the car to an 80mph/130kph and a top speed for a range of 75 miles (130km). The car is light by western standards at around 2,068 lbs/ 940 kg empty. Note that the 16kWh of battery storage translates to the energy equivalent of approximately one half a US gallon of gasoline!
In the looks department, the wheels of the car are designed to be as close as possible to the very corners of the car. This plus a rather wide expanse of front glass gives the car a somewhat unique appearance. Read the rest of this entry »