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Mitsubishi Lancer 2000 Turbo ECI: Hot Japanese with 237 Turbo HP

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W erner Blöchlinger likes to go his own way:' I don't have to have what everyone has, 'he says, providing an explanation for why he built a Mitsubishi Lancer 2000 Turbo from 1981. However, his soft spot for this spirited Japanese limousine did not come about entirely by chance.

We started with moped tuning

Werner was born in 1979 in a clinic near his father's car repair shop, and somehow that shaped his life. 'I like the screwdriver', admits the Swiss and remembers the wild days of moped tuning in his youth. “I tried to optimize the engines, but I didn't always succeed.”

In his parents' business he earned some pocket money after school by cleaning vehicles. And that was often Mitsubishi, because Garage Blöchlinger has represented this brand since the 1970s. Werner completed an apprenticeship as a car mechanic, and when he was pushed into the seats of a turbo-fueled Mitsubishi Starion while he was still a driver's license holder while accelerating, it was clear to him: 'I would also like to have a car with such an engine.' A turbo Mitsubishi is needed

The Starion was owned by his father at the time, and since Werner, as mentioned, goes his own way, he looked for an alternative. 'The same engine was still in the Galant and the Mitsubishi Lancer,' he says of the vehicles on which he concentrated his search.

It wasn't until almost three years later, in 2000, that he found what he was looking for. The decisive factor was the tip of an employee of his father's who knew about two Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo cars in a barn. One of them was a thoroughbred racing car that was ridden down and marked by an accident. The other example seemed to be a good basis for a restoration.

This Mitsubishi Lancer had also been modified by the previous owner, but only to the extent that it could pass the course for an examination to acquire a sports license . This included lowering the vehicle with special springs and installing sports shock absorbers. In the interior, the carpets, the door panels and the entire back seat were missing. The latter had been dismantled in order to be able to install a roll cage.

The plan: 2 slaughter cars should become a piece of jewelery

The bodyLeft a relatively good impression except for a dent in the left rear side part, but the rust had raged heavily on the sills, the wheel arches and the underbody. In addition, the Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo was not ready to drive. 'In the end I bought both cars, butchered the racing car with the warped chassis, and started restoring the other one,' says Werner.

Of course, he was allowed to do all of the work in his father's workshop. First he began to dismantle the Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo in order to then remove the rust damage. 'I don't like sheet metal work, though,' admits the Lancer Turbo fan, but luckily he was able to rely on the help of his brother Reto, who had completed an apprenticeship as a body worker.

All of the sheet metal on the sill, had to be welded on the underbody and in the wheelhouses of the Mitsubishi Lancer, the two made themselves. Pieces of sheet metal up to 30 x 30 centimeters in size were required to remove all rust perforations.

Turbo engine is being completely rebuilt

The paint of the Mitsubishi Lancer, a lighter white than the original Werner wanted to keep, as well as the stuck-on stripes that corresponded to the Mitsubishi motorsport colors. As the body was, as I said, in very good condition, only a few parts had to be repainted.

Werner was in his element when he revised the technology of his Mitsubishi Lancer. With great zeal he devoted himself to the two-liter four-cylinder engine, from which he elicited a number of additional horsepower with a few tricks. 'I wanted to get the best out of it,' was his goal.

He completely rebuilt the engine of his Mitsubishi Lancer. One of the components that was specially machined was the cylinder head. A colleague's father, who was experienced in machining such parts, milled different valve seat angles, for example, while Werner took care of things like smoothing transitions or grinding the valves himself.

He expected a major performance boost from optimizing the turbo system . So he wanted to add a charge air cooler to the system. First he thought about where to put this part in the engine compartment of the Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo, and then determined the maximum possible dimensions. With this information he went to a car recycling facility and found the right part there.

In search of PS

What he didn't like was the standard routing of the charge air, which in the Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo is routed through a pipe that is routed over the valve cover. 'The air cooled in the intercooler is unnecessarily heated up again,' he explains, which of course costs performance.

To get around this, he had to change the routing of the charge air and mount the throttle valve housing rotated by 90 degrees . That succeededafter his friend Hugo Müller had milled him a suitable adapter plate. Now he still had to manufacture and adapt the appropriate pipes to guide the air.

The extensive modification, in which the battery had to be relocated from the engine compartment to the rear of the trunk for reasons of space, naturally took a lot of time . Especially since an exhaust system with a larger cross-section had to be adapted to the Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo. It was a system that had been built a long time ago for another Mitsubishi fan. Werner just had to add an additional pipe.

67 HP got out through tuning

His tuning measures had one surprisingly great success. 'I would have been happy with 200 hp,' says Werner, but when he had his Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo measured on a dynamometer in the hot summer of 2009, it attested 237 hp, or 67 hp more than the production unit.

Many hours also went into revising the landing gear. The Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo is equipped with shorter springs and sport shock absorbers. Werner replaced all axle rubbers, all parts of the wheel suspension were sandblasted and repainted beforehand. The Swiss had the rear axle completely powder-coated in white, just like the chosen 7 x 15 Schmidt Revolution rims, on which 195/50 R15 tires were fitted. He upgraded the brake system with perforated and slotted brake disks and pads with a higher coefficient of friction.

A Mitsubishi L300 donated limited slip differential

His request for a limited slip differential could only be fulfilled later. This was available as an extra at the time, but because of the high price, most Mitsubishi Lancer buyers did without it. Hence it is difficult to find today. But Werner learned that the same rear axle was installed in the Mitsubishi L300 van, which made the search easier, and he promptly found what he was looking for.

Another problem was getting the missing door panels for his Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo. 'I then toyed with the idea of ​​building some from carbon, but the material was extremely expensive at the time,' recalls Werner. Together with a friend, he made simple but very light aluminum panels.

In the meantime, the Mitsubishi Lancer 2000 Turbo has been able to put itself in the limelight in several slalom runs, 'but now it's too good for me', says Werner. That's right, because not everyone has such a lancer.

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