Tommi Makinen

Tommi MakinenTommi Makinen is a name familiar to many Evo owners. The Finnish former rally driver won the world Rally Champion four consecutive times driving the Ralliart Lancer Evo in the late nineties and has totted up 24 WRC wins in all. To celebrate his success, Mitsubishi introduced the Evo VI Tommi Makinen edition, a highly sought after model which still commands a premium today, especially in red. Power output remained the same as the standard model however there were several changes that added up to make it a very desirable model. Changes to the normal Evo VI included:

  • A titanium turbocharger with better low and mid range torque
  • Improved exhaust system
  • Front upper strut brace
  • Lowered suspension
  • Quicker steering rack
  • Cosmetically the the front bumper and alloy wheels were changed. WRC decals were also optional extras

To see why Tommi is held in such regard in Mitsubishi circles, check out the video here, a fantastic four part video on WRC Greatest Drivers detailing his start in rallying, through to winning the World Championship.

Also don’t go before checking out the fun video of him driving racing driver Tiff Needell at speed in a WRC Evo VII rally car as Tiff struggles to remain composed and talk to the camera: