After winning the Driver's Title of the World Rally Championship three years in succession, Tommi Makinen and the Mitsubishi Ralliart Team returned to challenge the 1999 season with the Lancer Evolution VI.
This latest inception of the Evolution features two main cosmetic changes, a modified spoiler on the front and a two level spoiler on the rear. However, due to a FIA restriction on wing area, the lower wing of the rear spoiler had to be blocked up with a carbon panel. Pumping out 290ps, the powerplant of the Lancer VI features a 4G 63 4-cylinder, 16-valve engine equipped with a DOHC-intercooled twin scroll turbocharger (Post Combustion Control System) and ECI multi-injection fuel system. Depending upon course conditions, the single scroll turbocharger for more power, or the twin scroll turbocharger for greater response can be selected. The suspension, just like that of the production car, consists of independent McPherson struts with coil spring on the front, and independent multi-link with coil spring on the rear.
Winner of the 1998 World Rally Championship, Finland's Tommi Makinen and Belgium's Freddy Loix drive this proven machine. Makinen chalked up third position on the Telstra Rally Australia, clinching the 1999 FIA World Rally Championship. Triumphing for an amazing fourth successive year, Makinen enjoys the longest reign in the history of the WRC.