|Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV Rally Car '97|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 4 Prologue|
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
|Type in GT5||Standard|
|Interior in GT6||Simple|
|Engine||WRC-spec Mitsubishi 4G63T|
|Max Power||276 BHP|
|Performance Points||471 PP|
|Weight||1,230 kilograms (2,700 lb)|
|Power/Weight Ratio||4.46 kg (9.8 lb) per horsepower|
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV Rally Car '97 is a race car produced by Mitsubishi. It appears in every main Gran Turismo game to date since Gran Turismo 4 Prologue, with the exception of Gran Turismo Sport.
The car appears to be the #1 car driven by Tommi Makinen, who won the 1997 World Rally Championship Driver's Title, having won the title in the previous season.
"The Lancer Evo IV Group A machine that challenged WR cars and won a glorious victory."
In 1997, the WRC revised its regulations to allow the addition of turbochargers and all-wheel-drive systems. Many European makers developed their rally cars in accordance with these provisions, but Mitsubishi stayed with its trusty Lancer Evolution IV from the previous year, determined to stick with a genuine production based vehicle.
Because of its heavy turbocharged engine, the Lancer Evolution was nose-heavy, which made the car understeer. So Mitsubishi equipped the Evo IV with Active Yaw Control (AYC), a system that improved turning ability by varying the torque to the left and right wheels. The car's handling was further improved by going to a double-wishbone setup for the rear suspension. Also, the Evo IV was equipped with a sequential-shift transmission, marking the first time ever that an Evo was equipped with such a gearbox.
The Evo IV performed well in its first several races, with lead driver, Tommi Mäkinen, taking the checker in the fourth round at the Portugal Rally and at the fifth round in Catalunya. In the sixth round at Tour de Corse, the Evo was involved in a major accident, colliding with a cow on the course and falling down a cliff. It sprang back quickly, winning the seventh round contest in Argentina. It also won the tenth round at Rally Finland, giving Mäkinen his second consecutive Driver's Championship.
This car is available to the player in Arcade Mode from the beginning.
This car can be won by winning all the races in Whistler Ice Race (Medium) under the Special Condition Events section.
This car can be purchased for 750,000 Credits.
As a standard car, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV Rally Car '97 can be purchased from the Used Car Dealership for 293,516 credits. It is a Level 10 car.
In Gran Turismo 6, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV Rally Car '97 can be purchased for 300,000 Credits. It is a simplified car.
- Like many of the rally cars that made their transition from Gran Turismo 3, or in this case, Gran Turismo 4: Prologue, the paint scheme on the vehicle was modified between the two games to remove any information about a specific rally:
- The car that appears in-game is based on the #1 vehicle entered at the 1997 Rally Monte Carlo and driven by Tommi Makinen. This is identifiable due to the "Lineltex" stickers above the number on the front doors, the censored white sticker on the rear doors which was only used at the 1997 event and the red rally sticker on the hood.
- The illegible sticker on the rear doors reads "Monte Carlo", and may have been censored due to Polyphony not having the license to the name, instead having to use Côte d'Azur for the name of the street circuit.
- The number plate on the front and back of the car which is almost unrecognizable in Gran Turismo 4 reads "P22 MRE". This specific chassis was raced until the 1998 Rally Monte Carlo, where it was wrecked by Makinen. The chassis was more than likely scrapped afterwards, as the team replaced the Lancer Evolution IV with the V from the Catalunya Rally afterwards and has not resurfaced since.
- From its appearance in Gran Turismo 4 onwards, the driver and co-driver names on the front fenders and rear side windows were replaced with undecipherable blocks. In its original high-poly appearance in Gran Turismo 4: Prologue, the names read "Makinen" and "Harjanne", with Finnish flags next to both names. These flags were edited to not represent any country, instead appearing as white rectangles with horizontal gray lines inside them.