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Saturday, April 2, 2022

The Forgotten Mitsubishi Concept-RA

~Diesel HeadSmoke 55~ Mitsubishi is a brand that’s introduced many unique sports cars over the past three decades. Unfortunately, though none of these sports cars were amazing, that is until the Mitsubishi Concept-RA hit in 2008. 
The Mitsubishi Concept-RA was officially introduced by Mitsubishi Motors at the North American International Auto Show 2008 as a gorgeous diesel-powered sports car concept. (Picture from: Autoblog)
The concept car was heavily based on the existing Eclipse model. But some differences made the concept car a bit more appealing. As we all know that the Mitsubishi Eclipse is the pioneer of this Japanese brand's sports vehicle in the US was first introduced in 1989, later became a symbol of sports vehicles for young people there at that time. 
The Mitsubishi Concept-RA is designed with a more aggressive exterior appearance than the Mitsubishi's previous generation sports vehicle. (Picture from: Motor-Junkie)
Well, the Mitsubishi Concept-RA was officially introduced by Mitsubishi Motors at the North American International Auto Show 2008 as a gorgeous diesel-powered sports car concept. The concept car is designed with a more aggressive exterior appearance than the Mitsubishi's previous generation sports vehicle. 
The Mitsubishi Concept-RA is powered by a 2.2 liter 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine, similar to such one used by the first Eclipse model. (Picture from: Motor-Junkie)
The Mitsubishi Concept-RA is powered by a 2.2 liter 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine, similar to such one used by the first Eclipse model. The mentioned turbo engine can produce bursts of power of 204 hp which is channeled to all the wheels through a dual clutch transmission system that can be operated manually or automatic.
The Mitsubishi Concept-RA's body made of recyclable plastic resin panels and also had equipped with aluminum engine guards, fenders to reduce vehicle weight and increase safety in the event of a collision as well. (Picture from: Pinterest)
As reported by TheAutoChannel, the Mitsubishi Concept-RA had many features adopted from the Lancer Evolution and Evo X models, including anti-lock brakes system, stability control, etc. However, the difference is that the sports car concept had been equipped with the active steering and active suspension control to provide more control when the vehicle has excessive torques so make its driving traction stability would be better and braking easier.
The Mitsubishi Concept-RA had many features adopted from the Lancer Evolution and Evo X models, including anti-lock brakes system, stability control, etc. (Picture from: Flickr)
Besides it is powered by turbo-diesel engine, this concept car also had recyclable plastic resin body panels and equipped with aluminum engine guards, fenders to reduce vehicle weight and increase safety in the event of a collision as well. Another advantage of the light weight, that it makes the engine' work less heavy when the car is moving fast on the roads.
The using of recyclable plastic resin body panels such on the Concept-RA initially meant to be a sustainable sports car in a segment where that isn’t commonplace. Unfortunately, the recession crushed plans for this potentially interesting sports car and let it remain a concept car to this day without ever being realized into a production version.😢 *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | UNIVERSITYMITSUBISHI | THEAUTOCHANNEL | AUTOBLOG | MOTOR-JUNKIE ]
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