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1998 Mitsubishi Mirage - Project Mirage: Wrap-Up

Bryn MacKinnon
Sep 1, 2000
Photographer: Richard S. Chang
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More Parts For LanceOK, so we're finally done with our Mirage and it must go back to Mitsubishi, but before we tell you what we did to it and give you our parting thoughts on the matter, we thought we'd give you some more parts that are available for the car. Yes, you can start a Project Mirage of your own, and most likely it will turn out better than ours-which would not be tough at all. So, feast your eyes on Lance for the very last time...

Ah, the best-laid plans of mice and...hey, since when do mice make plans? When was the last time a mouse made the conscious decision to establish herself as a leader in the market or to learn a second language? Well, truthfully, we don't know any mice, so maybe we're not the best people to decide if they make plans or not. We can tell you, however, that when humans get the opportunity to build a project car, they plan. Unfortunately, like that of their rodentia compadres, plans sometimes go awry.

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Project Mirage, our two-door red devil, was delivered to us, and we had high aspirations for it. We envisioned building it into the Lancer it yearned to be. Or maybe a sleeper race car, to spank unwitting opponents at the race track. Then we pictured it gleaming in the sunlight at numerous car shows, stunning judges with its unparalleled style. But it didn't quite happen like that. Right away, we lowered it with Eibach springs and put some 17-inch Kosoku Sports DTM wheels and Yokohama 205/40R17 A520 tires on it. And then the discussions came. Who made a body kit? Where could we get one for the two-door model? That posed a problem. We couldn't seem to find an answer to that question.

Then came the topic of performance parts. After calling around and searching, we found a company willing to fabricate a prototype cold-air intake for our little Lance: Injen. And they did, and it worked. Brakes came next with a set of front rotors from Power Slot. But we were taking our time with things and by the time we started sinking our teeth into the project, it was time to give the car back to Mitsubishi.

Fast FactsRide 1998 MirageHometown Los Angeles, CaliforniaDaily Grind Lunch GetterUnder The Hood 1.8L, Injen intake system, HoseTechniques engine dress-up kitRollers Kosoku Sports DTM 17-inch wheels wrapped in Yokohoma 205/40R17 rubberStiff Stuff Eibach Pro-Kit springsStoppers Power Slot rotors Outside Mitsubishi Optional Equipment body kit and spoilerInside Weapon*R floor mats, Ractive pedal set, Ractive shift knobIce Factory Mitsubishi stereoProps Mitsubishi, Injen, Savas Wheel and Tire, Kosoku, Versus, Powerstop, Ractive, Unorthodox, HoseTechniques, and Weapon*R

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