1999 WRC showdown. Richard Burns vs Tommi Mäkinen Subaru Impreza STi WRX vs Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 Of course this was a rich period for the WRC, The Previous Year Mäkinen took the title only after Carlos Sainz's Toyota Corolla WRC broke down with 300 yards left, snatching defeat from the very jaws of Victory at the British Rally - Which was turning into a Richard Burns End of year show the amount of times he won his home event. 1998 was the last year for the venerable Ford Escort replaced by the Ford Focus. And a new team, Peugeot got the ball rolling with the 206 WRC. And you also had the SEAT Cordoba and the chunky Skoda Octavia... happy days! Now the main issue I have with these cars are the 4wd system - I don't enjoy driving them, but on the plus side they are not big blobby GT-R's or quattros... And they are both adjustable for maximum attack on any surface in any weather (Start behind a safety car because of water on the track surface...) *** Stage1 Monte Carlo Rally *** Brutal looks. The Lancer has a much more practical look to it, 4 doors and it looks longer and skinnier. The Impreza is a two door coupe and looks wider. The Lancer is also sharp straight lines, the Impreza has a soft rounded plumpness to it. Subaru takes the stage (Subaru 1 - Mitsubishi 0) *** Stage2 Swedish Rally *** Livery Mitsubishi had a terrible Red Marlboro livery. For me it was a huge step down from the white with the Ralliart side Spearhead stripe. Subaru maintained the British American Tobacco feel but lost the overt branding while evolving the colours from Navy and Yellow to a lighter metallic Blue and Golden yellow. Golden Wheels. (Subaru 2 Mitsubishi 0) *** Stage3 Safari Rally *** Can you use both wing mirrors? Well Kenya. (You have to put on a Thick Scottish Colin McRae accent to transform "Kenya" into "Can you") The Subaru has gone to an extreme by only having a single wing mirror... tsk tsk! The Lancer has two. And two is always better. (Subaru 2 Mitsubishi 1) *** Stage4 Rally Portugal *** I am sure you could manage to twist the word Port into Door some how. (Portal maybe). But the Lancer has 4 doors... the Impreza only has two. And Two is always better. (Subaru 3 Mitsubishi 1) *** Stage5 Rally Catalunya *** Engine note. Both cars have 2 litre 4 cylinder engines, And neither are great in GT6 but the Subaru is terrible. Round to the Mitsubishi! (Subaru 3 Mitsubishi 2) *** Stage6 Tour de Corse *** Can I drift? Course I can. (The rally is on the Island of Corsica you see... Where Napoléon was from, You know the short French dude who liked to invade Russia. I found the Lancer had more Understeer issues with a default set up than the Impreza, which I could chuck about (And lose loads of time in beautiful smoky 4 wheel drifts!) Round to the Subaru (Subaru 4 Mitsubishi 2) *** Stage7 Rally Argentina *** Around the Horn... The Impreza has a woeful Horn. The Lancer isn't exactly a brazen call to battle, but it is better than the Subaru's Mitsubishi Wins(Subaru 4 Mitsubishi 3) *** Stage8 Acropolis Rally *** High city - High Power! - The Impreza spits out 299bhp of boxer power, but the Lancer stabs 300 with its straight 4 and looking at the power curve it is a much fatter power curve. (So more power, more of the time) Mitsubishi Wins(Subaru 4 Mitsubishi 4) *** Stage9 Rally New Zealand. *** New Zealand, Famous for Sheep, Being far too good at Rugby, Staying 30 years behind the rest of the world and Making really smart films thanks to Peter Jackson. (Bad Taste, Brain Dead, Lord of the Rings) So which brand has a Bigger Film Presence? You may think the Mitsubishi has the bigger brand as Jackie Chan is an advocate for the brand since, forever, but do you remember those Cannonball Run films? Well Jackie Chan was in it in a super advanced... Subaru! Subaru Wins(Subaru 5 Mitsubishi 4) *** Stage10 Thousand Lakes Rally *** (Yeah it was called the Rally Finland in 1999, but "Rule of cool" says...) Where do you find Lakes? In Valleys... so where else to test but Grand Valley Raceway (Grand in England is often a way to say "1000" ) LanEvo6 (2m09.2) Impreza WRC (2m08.6) A Win for Pirelli comfort soft tyres and Subaru cars(Subaru 6 Mitsubishi 4) *** Stage11 China Rally *** But what about the full race? Okay over the whole race the Lancer edged it. 4m21.6 to 4m22.2 - Mitsubishi takes the stage Wins(Subaru 6 Mitsubishi 5) *** Stage12 Rally San Remo *** In Italy Style is everything and they love Fusili pasta. So which has the more Torque? The Boxer engined in the Impreza twists out 48 eurotorques, but the Lancer manages to torque out 51.9 Eurotoques. Enough to put you in a spin! A Win for the powerful spin in the Mitsubishi (Subaru 6 Mitsubishi 6) *** Stage13 Rally Australia *** Engine capacity? Bigger is better. 1994cc from the Impreza, but 1997cc from the Lancer. Mitsubishi Wins(Subaru 6 Mitsubishi 7) *** Stage14 Network Q Rally of Great Britain *** Those cunning money grubbing Brits getting a sponsorship deal on the name of the event! But It used to be the RAC Rally, so nothing is new who are just another firm that recovers broken down cars... But these Rally cars never break down... 300 yards away form the end of the stage... with the championship in your grasp. (What did I say? Why is Carlos Sainz looking so angrily at me for? Get a grip man that was so last year!) Who won the event in real life? Richard Burns! In the Impreza. (Subaru 7 Mitsubishi 7) Well that scuppered it. Which would I pick? The Peugeot 206... The Toyota Corolla WRC... Well not the Ford Focus! If I had to chose between the LanEvo6 and the 99 Impreza I would choose... The Subaru as to me it is the best of the Impreza's to look at and I prefer the look of the Lancer Evolution 4's livery of 1997. But as a pair they are very close on the track, as you can muck about with the suspension and gearbox the feel for the car is not as big a factor as you can tune your way out of understeer very quickly. Ryk chooses you, Subaru.