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Mitsubishi's TMR 380 Concept Vehicle

 


12th November, 2006

 

Mitsubishi TMR 380 concept car

The award winning Mitsubishi 380 provides a unique combination of power, performance, space and agile road handling that breaks new ground in the Australian large car market. The 380's design philosophy means that large car buyers no longer have to compromise on sporty performance and handling in return for larger interior space.

The design concept thrown to Team Mitsubishi Ralliart at their Dandenong headquarters was to take a standard 380 and improve the performance and appeal of the vehicle (within the confines of the ADRs) while delivering the flavour of the Lancer Evolution IX utilising rally technology.

This amazing car was shown at the 2006 Sydney Motor Show and demonstrates that Mitsubishi's 'Here To Stay' attitude is alive and well and capable of developing a head-turning stunner, based on the highly desirable 380.

The 380's engine in standard form is both powerful and responsive, but to increase the output, TMR enlisted the expertise of the team from Sprintex Superchargers in WA. The system developed by them uses the patented Sprintex S3/335 twin screw helical design, to deliver 0.45 bar of positive. Along with a larger air inlet system and a dual outlet exhaust system, the addition of the supercharger increased the 3.8 litre engine's power to an impressive 230 kW (at 5,250 rpm) and torque to a enormous 442 Nm (at 4,000 rpm) An increase of 31% in power and 29% in torque.

Initial performance predictions place the expectations at 0-100 km/hr in 6.0 seconds and 0-400 m in 14.0 seconds or better.

Enhancing the ride and handling are Koni 8211 series coil-overs dampers, with adjustable bump and rebound settings and fitted with 65 mm diameter springs with spring rates of 66N/mm front and 57N/mm rear. Adjustable spring seats allow for the vehicle to be set at the correct corner weights and ride height which is 50 mm lower than the production version.

The same front brake package is adopted as used on the TMR 220 Evo. Unique 6 piston TMR developed front callipers clamping Ferodo's 2550 performance brake pads onto larger and thicker brake rotors. At 343 mm diameter and 32 mm wide the front rotors, mounted through competition derived aluminium hat sections handle the duties on the 380. The rear receives Brembo 4 piston callipers working with 302 mm x 18 mm ventilated 1-piece rotors.

The Goodyear Eagle F1 GS-D3, 235/40R19 tyres are fitted to 19x8" ROH Flare 5 spoke alloy wheels finished in chrome.

Mitsubishi TMR 380 concept car

Internally, a theme of "black-ice" is complimented with carbon fibre look around the gear-shift. Body hugging Recaro seats from the Evo-IX, re-trimmed with red leather flashes, enhance the driver retention, comfort and feeling of integration. A motorised adjustment which comes standard on the 380 VRX is retained for ease of operation. In the rear, the seats have been re-trimmed to match the Recaro's, while the cushions have been re-bolstered to provide the look and support of bucket type seats.

The red leather theme has been carried through on the gear knob and steering wheel, giving a powerful, yet subtle interior.

The centrepiece of the in car entrainment in the TMR 380 is the Eclipse AVN6000 multi media system. It features a DVD based Navigation System with 6.5" Wide TFT Display Screen, Dual-DVD Multi Source Receiver, DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW, CD changer control, MP3, WMA, and AM/FM. The AVN6000 also features a rear-reversing camera.

Externally the TMR 380 has been enhanced with the fitment of a unique full body kit. Featuring full side skirts, upper and lower grilles and an integrated bonnet scoop.

The new rear insert has been styled to suite a dual outlet exhaust system. Atop the boot lid and finishing the aggressive styling image of the vehicle is a large rear spoiler. TMR Sport Spec rear vision mirrors, lifted straight from the Lancer Evolution race cars complete the external makeover.

Finally, this sensational bodywork is coated in Mitsubishi Motor Sports rally team red (Ralliart Red) with Stealth Black grilles.

FAST FACTS

ENGINE

Type: 6G75,
3.8 litre V6, SOHC, 24V,
supercharged
Internal:
Bore 95mm
Stroke: 90mm
Capacity:

3828cm3

Compression Ratio:

10.0:1

External: Sprintex S3/335 Supercharger 0.45bar (6.5psi) boost Large Air Inlet Duct Standard Bosch EMSDual outlet, 60mm exhaust system
Fuel: 98 Octane (PULP)
Power: 230kW @ 5,250 rpm
Torque:

442Nm @ 4,000 rpm

DRIVELINE

Gearbox: Standard, 5 speed manual
Ratios:

1st 3.333
2nd 2.105
3rd 1.407
4th 1.031
5th 0.804

Reverse 3.416
Clutch: TMR Sport Spec Clutch
Differential:

TMR Sport Spec Helical type LSD centre, 4.111




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