Friday, March 4, 2011

If you didn't hear, the Evo is dead.

Yep, you read right, after 10 generations, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo is set to end it's long lived and celebrated lineage at the end of this latest gen. 

Mitsubishi's global product director Gayu Eusegi said in an interview with Autocar Magazine: “There is still a demand [for the car],” he said, “but we must stop.” 

Eusegi went on to say: “Our influence now is EV technology,” adding that the decision was a “policy change”. 
From the sounds of it, it seems that Mistubishi is more concerned with producing lower CO2 emitting vehicles  versus producing full-blown rally cars for a form of motorsport which the company does not compete in anymore.The director went on to say that it would be "easier to understand"  what Mitsubishi was about if it was no longer in a motorsport inspired market.

Officially, it's basically dead. Eusegi addressed the idea that perhaps someday down the road there will be a resurrection by going on to say "Yes. Maybe the world can change, and maybe someday we can do a motor race by electric vehicles, maybe then we can enter the market again."

Although, if it makes you feel any better, you can always go and add this as one of your Facebook Causes.

Aston Martin's new LMP racer goes topless

Aston's brand new racer is intended to compete in the LMP1 category of the Le Mans cup series.

The AMR-One as it will be called it set to be powered by a turbocharged and direct-injected inline-six gas engine resting in an all carbon fiber monocoque chassis. Obviously the huge thing is that it's an open cockpit. You may be scratching your head wondering about that tiny 2.0L engine but sources tell us that the Aston's powerplant was developed with LeMans Cup's new efficiency regulations in mind. Still, that 2.0L packs a punch: a 540 HP punch.

Aston has told us that six AMR-Ones will be built in, with a one-car effort going into the 2011 Intercontinental LeMans series, which includes the 24 Hours of LeMans. Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke plus a third driver (to be determined) will wheel number 007 at LeMans, and Adrian Fernandez, Andy Meyrick and Harold Primat will drive car 009.

Click after the break for a press release and some fancy pictures.