2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX FQ-360 was developed by
engineers from Mitsubishi UKs motor sport and performance
division, Ralliart, which was also responsible for the limited
edition Lancer Evolution FQ-400.
Launched in 2004, the FQ-400 was the fastest-ever production
Mitsubishi and the new FQ-360 shares some of its key components.
Mitsubishis engineers sought to improve the performance
of the 1997cc 4-cylinder
4G63 twin scroll turbo engine with the introduction of a high
pressure fuel pump and a high-flow catalytic converter, both of which were employed in the FQ-400. The
Engine Control Unit (ECU) has been fully reprogrammed to create
a car that delivers 366 bhp at 6887 rpm and 363 lb-ft of torque
at a lowly 3200 rpm.
Subtle exterior enhancements differentiate the Mitsubishi Lancer
Evolution IX FQ-360 from the rest of the Lancer Evolution range
and improve its aerodynamic efficiency at high speed. One of
the most obvious changes is the introduction of a carbon-fiber
front lip spoiler, which is attached to the front apron and
provides additional downforce.
At the rear, a carbon-fiber sharks tooth rear vortex
generator helps to reduce aerodynamic lift.