The old Evo still makes for quite a competitive platform to go racing.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is several years into its retirement, but the Schnellmann Racing team's wild hill climb Evo VIII racer shows that there's still plenty of speed left in these older machines. If the massive aerodynamic parts don't grab your attention, then the flames shooting out of the passenger side should.
Schnellmann's Evo packs 592 bhp and 516 pound-feet of torque. It retains the all-wheel-drive system and can get to 62 miles per hour in under three seconds. The team also adds a massive front splitter that attaches to wider front wings. There are similarly significant tweaks at the back where a huge wing raises high above the car, and a prominent diffuser also helps stick the machine to the road.
Despite the huge power output, this Evo doesn't sound explosive. The anti-lag system pops before the car sets off, but once it's on the course, the engine note is fairly quiet for a race car. The powertrain makes itself known in the corners when the driver downshifts and a jet of fire shoots out of the passenger door. It's quite a sight.
This is quite a tight course, so Schnellmann doesn't get much of an opportunity to fully open up the Evo, but the curves provide plenty of opportunities to make the aggressive aerodynamics do their job.
Unfortunately, a new Lancer Evolution doesn't look very likely, although the Lancer might make a return sharing a platform with Nissan and Renault vehicles. The new model would reportedly follow current trends by looking more like a crossover, rather than the saloon styling of the past.