Mitsubishi Starion Owners Club U.K. Colin Blower Page

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It’s not a — though it was under development a few miles from the former Champion’s lair.

It is, of course, a 350 horsepower version of the Mitsubishi , being developed for group B competition by a team including Wilkinson — an engineer whose credentials are second to none. He to Team RALLIART via Ford’s department, Toyota Team and Audi Sport UK, where he was for their very successful With permanent four-wheel-drive and a turbocharged engine, the Starion is a very far cry from the sort of car first used with in international rallies.

That was the diminutive 1 600cc Lancer, driven to victories in the and 1976 East African rallies. The same machine was driven to five victories on the ng Southern Cross rally in by marathon master Andrew , who also won the African Bandama in it in 1977 and himself achi a third and two fourth places on the rally, in Lancers again.

their successes on these e Mitsubishi had never made a assault on world rallying unveiling the Starion Rally.

Few J companies had done so, in fact, for it was a orientated sport with regulations which were to a great deal of subtle by knowledgeable team managers. And the advent of the Group B supercars, it a massive commitment in investment and technology.


The 4WD started its competitive life a class win on this event — the ex-perimental class for non – cars.. It was the Starion’s potential for the which was more exciting. The car appeared at the Tokyo show 1992.

It is a shortened, lightened of the rear-drive Starion turbo.

It on the same, 96ins wheelbase as the car but, overall, it is nearly shorter because the nose has chopped back to take a set of standard headlights in-stead of the car’s flip-up type. Th e rear-drive of the Starion has been into all wheel-drive by the relativly forward method of introducing a transfer box, with I nternals,behind the normal transmision. takes the drive sideways to a propshaft that goes to the front wheels: torque is 50 / 50 front/rear.

In the Starion’s favour as well as its distribution, the engine can be mounted back in the car to even up front/rear — unlike the Quattro which is by a configuration that has to keep the ne right up in the car’s nose, of the gearbox and driveshafts.

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Getting the weight down to a has been an important objective in the design and as a result the car uses reinforced plastics for the propshafts, and lower arms of the all-independent and wishbone suspension. Virtually all the body panels are in glass-fibre and too; bonnet, tailgate, skins, wings, bumpers and The objective- was for the eventual homologated car to weigh in at around lOOOkgs — would make it lighter an Audi Quattro.

The mechanical of the Starion 4WD Rally was very a large part of Alan job, to develop a competition for the car that can then be used for the 20 models the company needed to to gain Group B homologation.

During its early development the used a version of Mitsubishi’s turbo engine, with and computer controlled fuel system. But the goal was 350bhp the Sirius Dash engine Mitsubishi announced at the 1983 motor show. This features a special three per cylinder head with two valves for each cylinder—one all the time and the other is electronically to come into operation over 2500rpm.

It i s said to de good top end performance without to sacrifice power at the lower end of the rev and would be coupled with fuel injection and electronic cum engine management to provide Quattro-rivalling horsepower.

Official Group B homologation of the Rally would have in time for the team to make its in world championship rallying a two car entry on the 1984 Lombard RAC in November. Unfortunatly, this happened due to the deaths of several drivers, which resulted in the banning ALL Group B cars Rally competition.

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