• Introduction of Japanese die cast miniature car toy, Tomica

Lancer Evolution was a 4WD sports car based on the 4-door sedan of Mitsubishi Motors, “Lancer” and was equipped with a 2.0-liter high power turbo engine.



The above picture is Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 3 of die cast miniature car toy “Tomica Premium”, which was released by TOMY COMPANY,LTD of Japan on July 15, 2017.

Tomica is a popular die cast miniature car toy from children to adults by the high finish.

Tomica Premium is a high-detail collection model derived from Tomica, and reproduces the form of actual cars as much as possible through the use of new molds.

This model of Lancer Evolution 3 also has been reproduced to details as compared with ordinary Tomica.


Lancer Evolution 3 (Evo3) is a limited model released in 1995.

This die cast miniature car toy seems to be reproducing the body color “Pyrenees Black Pearl” that was set for the actual Lancer Evolution 3.

Although it is glossy black, the reflection of the light is very natural and has texture.


In Japan, there is a popular comic that depicts young people riding sports cars called “Initial D”.

The young man “Kyoichi Sudo” that appears in it drives the same black Lancer Evolution 3 as this miniature car toy.



Although ordinary Tomica often expresses the headlight with silver coating, Tomica Premium usually uses clear resin.

This die cast miniature car reproduces not only the headlight but also the turn signal lamp on its side with an orange clear resin.

Therefore, the circumference of the headlight is very close to the atmosphere of the real car.


The red Mitsubishi emblem called three diamonds is reproduced on the mesh-shaped front grill by printing.

Also, the mesh finish opening of the bumper and the air intake of the bonnet are reproduced by the shape of die-cast mold.

This miniature car finishes the impressive front mask unique to Lancer Evolution as faithfully as possible.



The blinker next to the front tire house is represented with orange color coating.

At the side sill, the EVOLUTION III sticker is reproduced by printing.

Since this die cast miniature car is Tomica Premium, such detailed parts are also precisely reproduced.


In addition, this die cast miniature car toy accurately reproduces the white aluminum wheel made of OZ racing.

The red letter of “OZ” is represented by printing on the aluminum wheel.

Although it is a very small letter, it is conspicuous, and the sporty feeling of the white aluminum wheels is greatly up.



The huge rear wing of Lancer Evolution 3 is accurately reproduced.

In addition, this die cast miniature car toy adopts red clear resin also for the rear combination lamp.

Furthermore, the back lamp inside the combination lamp is expressed by silver painting.


The red “Three Diamonds” emblem and the silver “MITSUBISHI” emblem on the left side of the rear trunk, the silver “LANCER” emblem and the red “III” emblem on the right are reproduced by printing.

Also, the part of twin muffler is precisely painted in silver.

The rear style of this die cast miniature car toy is almost perfectly finished each part of the actual Evo3.


In the rear license plate part, the black letter of “LANCER EVOLUTION III” is printed on the silver ground.

Although the letter of “III” is a bit crushed, it is reproduced with enough accuracy to recognize.

The manufacturer name or the car name is often printed on the rear license plate of Tomica Premium and directs a brilliant rear style.


EVO3 and EVO10


The red car on the right is Evo10, the final model of Lancer Evolution sold from 2007 to 2014.

Since Lancer Evolution 10 is an ordinary Tomica series, the finish of the fine part is considerably inferior to Evo3 of Tomica Premium.

However, since the scale is both 1/61, the overall form can be compared under the same conditions.


The actual Evo10 is one size larger than the Evo3.

The miniature car of Evo10 also looks bigger compared with Evo3 counterpart.

However, Evo3 is equipped with a huge rear wing on a square body, and it looks very powerful.

The rear spoiler of Evo10 is supposed to be quite large, but it looks unobtrusively when lined up with Evo3.


The scale is 1/61, and the actual size of this die cast miniature car toy is about 70mm.

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







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.








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”.





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.





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

The die cast miniature car toy introduced at this page is Lancer Evolution 3 which is the final type of the 1st generation.


The 2.0-liter intercooler turbo engine (4G63 type) generated 270 PS / 6,250 rpm, 31.5 kg · m / 3,000 rpm, 10 PS higher than Evo2 by improving exhaust pressure of the muffler, increasing the front pipe diameter of the exhaust, increasing the compression ratio from 8.5 to 9.0 etc.

Also, for the purpose of eliminating the turbo lag, Post Combustion Control System (PCCS) was installed.

However, PCCS was the system for the purpose of using at WRC.

It was also installed to commercially available Evo3 according to WRC regulations, but it was set not to work.


Lancer Evolution 3 has made numerous improvements centered on improving aerodynamic performance in order to respond to the WRC that evolves year by year.

The cooling duct of the front bumper was enlarged and side air dams and rear wings were newly designed.

Evo3 with powerful appearance became popular car and the image body color “Dandelion Yellow” attracted attention.


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.








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.





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.





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.








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.





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.





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.








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.