The gas-turbine technology in the Mitsubishi Mi-Tech concept is a bit of a red herring. The company admits it has only been looking at it for a short time, and is well aware of all the technological limitations (heat management, reliability, maintenance) that have always prevented it from entering production when it gets mooted every decade or so.
Instead, of much more interest is the concept’s powerful four-motor electric technology the gas turbine works alongside. Two motors sit on each axle, giving each wheel individual control. The performance is quite staggering, the company claims, and this technology is feasible for production even if it remains some way from getting there.
Which all sounds like it would be ideal as a way of powering a reborn and reinvented modern-day Evo if Mitsubishi was serious about doing so as it once seemed to be. Two years ago, in fact, it was doing just that, in showing its e-Evolution concept – which made do with just three electric motors to the Mi-Tech’s four.
Back in 2017 when the e-Evolution concept was launched, Mitsubishi was in its honeymoon period at the Renault-Nissan Alliance (now Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance), and the concept showed just what could be possible. There was new management, who were well aware of the asset and cachet it had with the Evo name.