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Within the World Rally Championship, there are several surfaces to test the skill of competitors and testing on asphalt is one of them. For the 2005 season championship, 3 stages were run on this surface: Montecarlo, Germany and Catalonia. Perhaps one of the most important is Montecarlo, because it marks the championship starting and due to the continual changes of surfaces from asphalt to snow and worst of all, ice. For the 2005 season, Mitsubishi Corp. and its well known partner in motor sports, Ralliart, presented their last version of the Mitsubishi Lancer, which unlike its predecessor’s, was easier to be driven including the gear shift to the steering wheel.
It had a significant aesthetic change which allowed better performances, since the 2004 version didn’t have much success on that point. For the Montecarlo Rally, Mitsubishi introduced two well known racing drivers from the Peugeot Team, they were Guilles Panizzi and his brother Hervé Panizzi in Nº 10 car, and Harry Rovanpera with Pietilainen in Nº 9. After battling until the end of the test, Mitsubishi could see their dreams came true when going up the podium with the 3rd position meaning a great beginning for a season full of emotions and difficulties.
To carry out this model, I got the Tamiya Mitusbishi Lancer VII WRC (item 24257) and the 1/24 Lancer WRC 05 transkit from Studio 27.
Then, I searched all the information I could about this car, data coming from Rally World Championship Videos, Internet, and Rally Xpress-Extra magazine issue 04/30, pages 10-28
The donor kit is pretty good
A good quality transkit and good PEs
The transkit is an excellent alternative to have a good replica of this Evo ‘05
The price of the transkit is nearly the same of a complete resin model
It’s essential to have information to assemble the model, since the instruction sheet shows us the colors to use for the basic parts such as the suspensions, brake discs, interior, controls and accessories.
I started the conversion by modifying the anti-roll bar, since the one provided with the Tamiya kit is just for the 2001, 2002 and 2003 season. The anti-roll bar has 3 support points, each one parallel to each other. The first pair of points are the bars which support the instrument panel and leans on the chassis base, the second pair are the ones behind the driver and co-driver’s seat and the third and last pair are those leaning on the rear fender.
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