• Introduction of Japanese die cast miniature car toy, Tomica

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 (Evo10) is a Japanese 4WD sports sedan.

LANCER EVOLUTION 10

 

The above picture is Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 of die cast miniature car toy “Tomica”, which was released by TOMY COMPANY,LTD of Japan on March 15, 2008.

 

While Tomica is a die cast miniature car model, it is originally a toy for children, so texture is not so high.

The body color is “Red Metallic” prepared for the real Lancer Evolution 10.

There is moderate luster in body color and it has a little luxury image generally.

Also, fine parts such as the emblem have been reproduced, it doesn’t look like a miniature car toy of 450 yen.

 

Pseudo suspension which is familiar to sports cars of Tomica, is also set up to this model.

Also, some of Tomica have gimmicks such as opening doors and bonnets.

This die cast miniature car toy can open and close doors of both sides.

LANCER EVOLUTION 10 DOOR OPEN

 

LANCER EVOLUTION 10 FRONT VIEW

Headlights are represented with silver paint.

This is a standard method in Tomica series.

Also, Mitsubishi’s emblem and front bumper fog lamps are reproduced with silver paint.

In addition, this miniature car toy precisely reproduces the characteristic reverse slant nose and trapezoidal front grill.

Trapezoidal grill part is painted in black and it has become a front mask with very impact (grill of real Evo10 is close to dark gray color).

 

 

LANCER EVOLUTION 10 REAR VIEW

The silver Mitsubishi emblem is reproduced also in the rear trunk.

Furthermore, the emblem of Lancer Evolution 10 is also reproduced in printing.

Although each character is not expressed exactly, we can see that it is the emblem of car name in the whole shape.

By expressing the car name emblem, this miniature car toy seems more real.

On the other hand, the rear combination lamp is expressed in red paint.

It is a pity that turn signal lamp and back lamp in the combination lamp are not reproduced in this Tomica.

 

 

The scale is 1/61, and the actual size of this die cast miniature car toy is about 73mm.

The air intake of bonnet is represented with black paint.

LANCER EVOLUTION 10 SCALE

 

 

 

 

【About actual MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION SERIES】

 

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a 4WD sports sedan based on Lancer.

It was equipped with 2.0-liter high power turbo engine and was sold in limited units (except for Evo10).

Lancer Evolution series (Evo series) can be divided according to model change of Mitsubishi Lancer.

Evo1 to Evo3 is the first generation, Evo4 to Evo6 is the second generation, Evo7 to Evo9 is the third generation, Evo10 based on Galant Fortis is the fourth generation.

Basically, Evo series are deployed in two grades, “GSR” equipped with comfortable equipment on the premise of public road driving and “RS” as a base model for competition.

 

 

[THE 1ST GENERATION LANCER EVOLUTION (CD9A / CE9A)]

 

 

◆MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION 1 (E-CD9A type) 1992

 

Lancer Evolution 1 (Evo1) that mounted 4G63 type 2.0-liter turbo engine of E39A type Galant VR-4 on LANCER GSR 1800, was launched in September 1992.

The engine was up 10PS from Galant VR-4, generating 250PS / 6,000rpm, 31.5kg-m / 3,000rpm.

Since Evo1 was developed with the aim of acquiring homologation of FIA, the weight of the car was 150 kg or more lighter than Galant VR-4 and had high driving performance.

Mitsubishi participated in WRC Gr.A with Lancer Evolution 1 from the 1st race of 1993 to the 3rd race of 1994 and entered the second place in the 13th race of 1993 “RAC Rally” and the 3rd race of 1994 “Safari Rally”.

 

 

◆MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION 2 (E-CE9A type) 1994

 

Lancer Evolution 2 (Evo2) was released in January 1994 by improving Evo1.

The 4G63 type engine was upgraded by 10 PS with a review of intake and exhaust system and generated 260 ps / 6,000 rpm, 31.5 kg · m / 3,000 rpm.

The appearance was not so different from Evo1, but the running performance was greatly improved.

Mitsubishi participated in WRC Gr.A with Lancer Evolution 2 from the 5th race of 1994 to the 2nd race of 1995 and won the 2th race of 1995 “Swedish Rally” for the first time as the Lancer Evolution series.

 

 

◆MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION 3 (E-CE9A type) 1995

 

Lancer Evolution 3 (Evo3) was released in January 1995 by improving Evo2.

The engine was further improved and generated 270 ps / 6,250 rpm, 31.5 kg · m / 3,000 rpm.

Evo3 was equipped with large rear spoiler, front bumper with large opening, etc., and the force of appearance increased.

Mitsubishi participated in WRC Gr.A with Lancer Evolution 3 from the 4th race of 1995 to the 9th race of 1996 and won the 6th race of 1995 “Rally Australia” and the 1st race of1996 “Swedish Rally”, the 2nd race “Safari Rally”, the 5th race “Rally Argentina”, the 6th race “1000 Lakes Rally”, the 7th race “Rally Australia”.

Also, Tommi Makinen won his first driver’s title in 1996.

 

 

[THE 2ND GENERATION LANCER EVOLUTION (CN9A / CP9A)]

 

 

◆MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION 4 (E-CN9A type) 1996

 

Lancer Evolution 4 (Evo4) was released in August 1996 in response to the renewal of the base model Lancer.

The 4G63 engine generated 280 ps / 6,500 rpm, 36.0 kg · m / 3,000 rpm by adopting a forged piston, twin scroll turbo etc.

In addition, Active Yaw Control (AYC) was adopted that changes the driving force to the left and right rear wheels, and improves the turning performance.

Mitsubishi participated in WRC Gr.A with Lancer Evolution 4 from the 1st race of 1997 to the 4th race of 1998 and won the 4th race of 1997 “Rally de Portugal”, the 5th race of “Rally RACC”, the 7th race of “Rally Argentina”, the 10th race of “Rally Finland”, the 2nd race of “Rally Sweden” of 1998, the 3rd race of “Safari Rally”.

Tommi Makinen won the driver’s title for the second consecutive year in 1997.

 

 

◆MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION 5 (GF-CP9A type) 1998

 

Lancer Evolution 5 (Evo5) adopted a wide body with a width of 1,770 mm to counter WR car at WRC and was released in January 1998.

The engine generated 280 PS / 6,500 rpm, 38.0 kg-m / 3,000 rpm by increasing the area of turbine nozzle and increasing the boost pressure.

Mitsubishi participated in WRC Gr.A with Lancer Evolution 5 from the 5th race of 1998 to the 13th race of 1998 and won the 7th race “Rally Argentina”, the 10th race of “Rally Finland”, the 11th race of “Rallye Sanremo”, the 12th race of “Rally Australia”, the 13th race of “Wales Rally GB”.

Tomii Makinen won the driver’s title for the third consecutive year, Mitsubishi won the first manufacturer’s title and Gr. N title.

 

 

◆MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION 6 (GF-CP9A type) 1999

 

Lancer Evolution 6 (Evo6) was released in January 1999 by improving Evo5.

The engine power was 280 PS / 6,500 rpm, 38.0 kg-m / 3,000 rpm as the same as Evo5, but the durability were reliability of engine are improved by changing the cooling water layout etc.

Mitsubishi participated in WRC Gr.A with Lancer Evolution 6 from the 1st race of 1999 to the 10th race of 2001 and Tomii Makinen won the driver’s title for the fourth consecutive year in 1999.

To commemorate this, Lancer Evolution 6 Tomi Makinen Edition (Evo6.5) was released in January 2000.

Since Mitsubishi changed the WRC participating cars to the Lancer Cedia based WR car in the middle of 2001, this model was the last WRC entry car based on Lancer Evolution.

 

 

[THE 3RD GENERATION LANCER EVOLUTION (CT9A)]

 

 

◆MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION 7 (GH-CT9A type) 2001

 

Lancer Evolution 7 (Evo7) was released in February 2001 in response to the renewal of base model “Lancer” to “Lancer Cedia”.

The 4G63 type engine was further refined and generated 280 ps / 6,500 rpm, 39.0 kg · m / 3, 500 rpm.

In addition, Active Center Differential (ACD) that electronically controls the differential restriction of front and rear wheels was adopted.

 

 

◆MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION 8 (GH-CT9A type) 2003

 

Lancer Evolution 8 (Evo8) was released in January 2003 by improving Evo7.

In this model, Olivier Boulay, a designer who transferred from Daimler-Chrysler, proposed the Mt.Fuji-type grille, which was adopted as the common identity for Mitsubishi vehicles.

The 4G63 type engine was further improved and generated 280 ps / 6,500 rpm, 40.0 kg · m / 3, 500 rpm.

In addition, Super Active Yaw Control was adopted that reviewed the internal structure of AYC and increased the amount of control torque.

In February 2004, Lancer Evolution 8 MR (Evo8.5) was released as the advanced model of Evo8.

Maximum torque of the engine has been increased to 40.8 kg – m / 3, 500 rpm due to the change of turbine and cam profiles.

 

 

◆MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION 9 (GH-CT9A type) 2005

 

Lancer evolution 9 (Evo9) was released in March 2005 by improving Evo8.

MIVEC (Mitsubishi Intelligent&Innovative Valve timing&lift Electronic Control system) was adopted for the first time as the Lancer Evolution series.

Furthermore, by adopting magnesium alloy (standard in RS, optional in GSR) for the compressor wheel, the rotational speed of maximum torque was dropped to 3,000 rpm.

As a result, the torque in low revolution range increased and the response in high revolution range improved.

In August 2006, Lancer Evolution 9 MR (Evo9.5) was released as the advanced model of Evo9.

 

 

[THE 4TH GENERATION LANCER EVOLUTION (CZ4A)]

 

 

◆MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION 10 (CBA-CZ4A type) 2007

 

Lancer Evolution 10 (Evo10) was released in October 2007 renewing all platforms, engines, designs and more.

Mitsubishi released the sedan “Galant Fortis” in August 2007.

Evo10 is the sports 4WD sedan based on Galant Fortis.

However, “Galant Fortis” was named only in Japan and sold as “Lancer” overseas.

So, we can say Lancer Evolution 10 is practically “Lancer” base as well as the previous Evo series.

 

The most different thing is that Lancer Evolution 10 was a catalog model.

Unlike the previous Evo series which was limited production, Evo 10 was released with the annual sales target in Japan set at 4000 units.

 

Evo10 was equipped with 2.0-liter in-line 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC turbo engine (4B11 type) of newly developed all-aluminum block based on the engine for Galant Fortis.

By using aluminum parts, the weight was reduced by 12 kg, and the position mounted on vehicle was low, contributing to decline of the center of gravity.

This new 4B11 engine generated 280 PS / 6500 rpm, 43.0 kg – m / 3500 rpm.

At the minor change in October 2008, the maximum output has been increased to 300 PS / 6500 rpm.

 

In the 4WD system, “S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control)” integrated vehicle control system that independently controls driving force and braking force was installed in GSR grade.

 

About the exterior, reverse slant nose and trapezoidal large front grill “Jet fighter grill” designed with a motif of jet fighter are distinctive.

Also, 18-inch large diameter tire and 12-spoke ENKEI company’s 18-inch cast aluminum wheel are standard in GSR grade.

Furthermore, BILSTEIN company’s shock absorbers, Eibach company’s coil springs, Brembo company’s two-piece type ventilated disc brakes, etc. are installed.

 

Mitsubishi Motors announced in March 2014 that it would finish the production of Lancer Evolution series as Evo10 is final model.

In the UK, “FQ-440 MR” commemorating the end of sales was released for limited 40 units.

“FQ-440 MR” was equipped with HKS company’s turbocharger, Janspeed company’s intake and exhaust system parts as standard, and the maximum output generated 440 ps.

The selling price was expensive as 50,000 pounds, but it sold out in just 60 minutes from selling.

 

Meanwhile, in Japan, “Lancer Evolution Final Edition” that was the special edition of Lancer Evolution 10 was sold for limited 1000 units from August 2015.

Part of the exterior has been changed for Final Edition, such as chaniging 18-inch forged lightweight aluminum wheel made by BBS to dark color type.

Improved 4B11 type engines, such as adding sodium enclosed exhaust valve, generated 313 PS / 6500 rpm, 43.7 kg – m / 3500 rpm.