Spencer Sport has been appointed as the exclusive agent for the R5 specification Mitsubishi Mirage - and its Rallycross Supercar derivative - and are responsible for sales, service and technical support in the UK and Ireland. Built precisely to FIA R5 specifications, the rally version of Mitsubishi’s Mirage/Space Star model has quickly made its mark in the sport.
Initially breaking cover in 2013 and then developed over the next two years, the car has surpassed expectations and is now a familiar sight all over the world.
Mitsubishi’s involvement with rallying is legendary. Its success at national and international level over a period of more than two decades – thanks to the much acclaimed Lancer Evolution – has inspired thousands of drivers and teams to compete with a car bearing the recognisable three-diamond badge.
Based in Örebro, Sweden, Mpart AB (formally Ralliart Sweden) is a company that embraced the Lancer Evolution phenomenon more than most and, under the direction of its owner and highly skilled engineer Tomas Weng, became Scandinavia’s leading source for Mitsubishi rally cars, parts and expertise.
Following the end of the Evolution’s production, the level of activity in classes N4 and R4 regionally and internationally reduced and now, it is the R5 category that represents the top-category at regional and WRC2 level and thereby attracts the attentions – and investment - of leading, independent drivers and teams.
Consequently, with Mitsubishi itself having nothing to offer its many brand-loyal customers to replace the Evolution, Tomas Weng looked to create a car that would carry the baton for the Japanese brand. Following nearly two years of design, development and testing, the Mitsubishi R5 was born and has already proved to be a worthy successor to the revered ‘Evo’.
Participation in events has shown the Mitsubishi to be highly competitive against other makes of R5 cars. Speed, reliability, traction, drivability and integral strength have proved to be outstanding.
In gravel or asphalt specification, left-hand or right-hand-drive (applicable to UK and Ireland markets only), the Mitsubishi is offered at a considerably lower price than any other R5 car on the market and represents exceptional value for money. As many OEM components as possible have been used from the Mirage and Evolution X models and therefore, these parts are available at regular prices.
Competition around the world has proved that component life in the Mirage is comparatively high. The low wear rates on tyres, brakes and other replacement items has been an impressive feature of the car since it was first produced.
UK and Irish customers can order cars and parts from Spencer Sport, based in south-west Wales. Most items are dispatched the same day. Technical support is provided and, because the car has been designed and built by a small team of engineers, expertise and attention to detail is second to none.
The R5 specification Mitsubishi is built precisely to FIA R5 Class specification. It features a 1620cc engine based on the Mitsubishi 4B11 unit from the Evolution X, connected to a five-speed Sadev transmission and four-wheel-drive system. The car is fitted with MacPherson suspension and Öhlins dampers all round, mated to specially designed subframes.
The car is available in LHD, RHD, gravel, asphalt and R5+ versions, as well as in the form of a Rallycross Supercar.
Further details are available on request.
The R5 Specification Mirage has been manufactured to comply with FIA R5 regulations. However, because it is not currently homologated by the FIA, participation has to be sanctioned by the motorsport governing body for each country.
A technical document that mirrors a set of homologation papers has been produced and is available for submission for regional approval, as follows:
R5 and/or R5+ specification Mitsubishis have been approved to run in events within the following territories:
UK – MSA (Motor Sports Association)
Ireland – Motorsport Ireland
Estonia – EASU (Estonian Autosport Union)
Latvia – LAF (Latvian Federation of Motor Vehicles)
Russia – Russian Automobile Federation
Poland – Polski Zwiazek Motorowy
Sweden – SBF (Svenska Bilsportforbundet)
Lithuania – LASF (Lithuanian Automobile Sports Federation)
Denmark – DASU (Danish Automobile Sports Union)
Italy – ACI (Automobile Club d’Italia)