Currently reading: Mitsubishi Evo XI to go hybrid
Electric motor to replace turbocharger in the next Evo
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27 January 2010

The next Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is likely to be a plug-in hybrid that uses an electric motor to take the place of the turbocharger traditionally used in the performance saloon.

The Evo XI is set to use the same platform as the PX-MiEV plug-in hybrid concept from last year’s Tokyo motor show, a car that previewed the firm’s forthcoming hybrid technology.

Artist renderings of the Mitsubishi Evo XI

This means that the new Evo’s 2.0-litre petrol engine will be naturally aspirated but will be boosted by an electric motor with lithium ion batteries.

The electric motor will drive the front wheels, while the petrol engine will drive the rear wheels, making the Evo XI four-wheel drive.

The car will behave more like an EV than a petrol-powered car, and will give drivers the option of driving in electric-only mode for short distances, significantly improving fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.

A Mitsubishi insider told Autocar, “The new electric motor will in effect work like a turbo, only smoother, so there’s no need to worry about power delivery.”

The car will also get a new suite of driver assistance systems, some of which were originally destined for the Evo X.

Active Steering and Roll Control Suspension were developed for the current car but were shelved due to a combination of a lack of cash, a spate of recalls connected to electronics and the requirement to focus on developing more fuel-efficient engines.

The Evo XI will also be fitted with E-AYC, which regulates torque distribution between the rear wheels.

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27 January 2010

i dont get it. Its either going to be way too heavy, or run out of battery power very quickly. And then its going to be a normally aspirated, heavy 2.0 petrol car.

Even if the petrol engine is tuned to say 175 bhp, it still needs a further 125 bhp from the electric motor to bring it in line with todays model, and that sort of power will need a massive amount of batteries to give it any range.

13 December 2013
The way in which they will get around the "flat battery" problem will be by having lots of energy recovery systems in the car to keep the battery charged, just in the same way they do in f1 cars. this will be pioneering technology and wont just be as simple as having two engines for two different jobs. they will both be constantly working together to get optimum performance from the vehicle. As for the turbo, I really cant work out why everyone is so sad that its going? the electric engine will provide more power than a turbo but with a MUCH smoother torque band. Remember people they aren't going to put their EVO name on a car that is crap compared with its predecessors. Also, the guys making it know a hell of a lot more than any of us about how to get great performance out of a car. I think ill trust them. Bring on the Evo Xi. Cant wait!!

27 January 2010

Oh dear, that sounds terrible, not because it's a hybrid but because they have dropped the turbo. We all know that you get better performance and economy and emissions from having a smaller turbocharged engine, they should have done a 1.4/1.5 turbo with electric motors.

The only reason i can think of is that they want to sell the car to Americans who need big engines god dam it.

27 January 2010

RIP Lancer Evo

27 January 2010

Beachland, Artill. You said it for me. This does appear to be a weird setup. Presumably the handling bias changes as the battery runs down too.

27 January 2010

Well ... the Evo X gave the father of turbo-nutter saloons a vasectomy and now it seems the Evo XI will castrate the genre ...

27 January 2010

mitsubishi technology....japanese fast

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