Limited Edition Mitsubishi 311RS Evo X - shallow front three-quarter view

It's not terribly often that we have news to report coming out ahead of the Minneapolis Auto Show. We say that not to disparage the Twin Cities, which are lovely, but new product reveals are few and far between for the show. This year, however, it seems that event will play host to the debut of a rather special limited edition Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. Though not coming directly from the Mitsu factory, we think the 311RS shows loads of potential for Evo fanatics.

The 311RS is the brainchild of circuit racer Ryan Gates, who has apparently spent the last three years developing what he believes is an Evo perfect for both racing and road driving. Starting life as a bog-standard Evo X, the Gates team has swapped out the factory intake, intercooler and exhaust system for more potent AMS pieces; resulting in output figures of 353 horsepower and nearly 359 pound-feet of torque. A new suspension from JRZ, brakes from Girodisc and 18-inch custom Rays wheels shod with high-performance Nitto tires represent significant updates to the underpinnings, as well.

Of course, the 311RS is also rocking a full body kit, too, with a more aggressive front air dam and a subtle lip added on to the stock rear wing. The blue and white racing livery, with matching blue wheels, looks racy without being too childish, we think.

Just 11 examples of the 311RS will be offered for sale, with the first car going to leading dealer White Bear Mitsubishi in White Bear Lake, MN. We're told that the car will retail for $49,000; that's a big jump over the roughly $35K price tag of a base GSR, but a much smaller one over the $46k tag on a fully loaded MR. Find more complete information about the 311RS, in the press release information, below. You'll also find a video on the "making of" a longer 311RS film (which hasn't been released yet), as well. Enjoy.




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Track Developed, Street Prepared, Limited Production. The 311RS is here.

It's been more than 3 years in the making, but it's here. The 311RS. Everything we learned while developing the Gates311 Evo X for the past 3 seasons comes together to produce the 311RS. Track precision, meet street functionality. Limited to only 11 units, the fully warrantied 311RS is here.

Out of the box, the Evo X is a very capable car. But it is capable of so much more. The process of developing an Evo X from factory stock into the World's Fastest Evo X takes time, effort, and plenty of support from so many great people. Throughout that process, my partners and I have learned an incredible amount about the Evo X platform. We've learned how much power and abuse a stock 4B11T can handle. We figured out the optimum wheel and tire package, the highest RPM the OEM transmission is capable of functioning at, how much chassis-flex is tolerable, and nearly everything in between. With all of that knowledge, the 311RS was created. A combination of everything we've learned, developed, and tested, I present to you the 311RS. The ideal Evo X.

Engine

AMS Intake
The exclusive design of the AMS Performance Intake dramatically increases air flow to the turbocharger for increased horsepower while eliminating clutter in the engine bay.

AMS Intercooler piping
A lightweight polished aluminum intercooler pipe system professionally TIG welded in-house at AMS. The 2.5" mandrel bent tubing provides less turbulent and restrictive air flow for maximum efficiency.

AMS Intercooler
Flawless design and 80% more internal flow area over stock, the AMS intercooler has helped Evolution drivers win more races than any other aftermarket Mitsubishi intercooler on the market. Drive hard with confidence. This is the very same intercooler used on the championship-winning Gates 311 EVO X and AMS Time Attack EVO X.

AMS Widemouth downpipe
It took months of development and testing to produce the bestperforming cast downpipe for the Evolution X. Designed using CAD and constructed 100% from grade T304 stainless steel, the AMS Widemouth Downpipe not only improves horsepower gains, it offers a fit and finish unrivaled in the industry.

AMS Cat pipe
The AMS EVO X Stainless Steel High Flow Cat provides an excellent way to increase horsepower all while keeping you legal. Like all other AMS exhaust products this High Flow Cat is tig welded with 100% 304 stainless components including the flanges. Designed to bolt up to our stainless steel 3" downpipe and catback exhaust system only.

AMS Exhaust
AMS' Racing Series Cat-Back Exhaust system was chosen for it's no-nonsense, all business design. Combined with the Titanium muffler, it was designed to make the most power and shed significant weight from the 311RS.

AMS Tune
The 311RS is tuned for maximum enjoyment under any given condition. Whether at the track, on a run up the canyon, or out for a night with the old lady, AMS has the 311RS dialed in.

Suspension

JRZ Suspension RS1
The newest product from JRZ; a combination of championship winning technology and years of R&D to create the perfect street and track suspension. Valving is designed to be adjusted from street comfort to racing damping characteristics in seconds. The package was developed with customized spring rates and adjustment range for the 311RS, giving the owner the ultimate dual use package.

JRZ Suspension Top Mounts
Made from a solid billet of aircraft aluminum with motorsport grade teflon coated bearings. Designed to transmit suspension loads directly to the chassis giving unparalleled response and driver feel.

Evasive Alignment
With track records in spades, Evasive has proven they know how to properly set up a car. Their involvement in the 311RS provides us with a well rounded setup that keeps the 311RS' street car intentions in mind without losing sights of it's track-bred pedigree.

Braking

Girodisc Two-Piece rotors
The primary purpose of the Girodisc system is to reduce unsprung and overall vehicle weight. The secondary purpose is to increase the ventilation and cooling capacity of the brake disc while retaining it's original dimensions. This is accomplished by using two-piece disc construction. The central "hat" section of the disc is made from 6061-T6 aircraft specification aluminum. The disc is made from cast iron, to the same specification and material as used by professional racing organizations.

Girodisc 311RS pads
This race developed pad has all the qualities of a world beating high performance street pad. Its consistent friction at any temperature, low or high, gives very predictable braking and great pedal modulation. This new generation of friction material is very low in compressibility ensuring a firm pedal feel while still providing great life for both rotor and pad. This brake pad has moderate dust levels, is generally very quiet and is THE brake pad for a driver who demands the ultimate in braking performance.

Girodisc Stainless lines
Besides looking cool, stainless braided brake lines provide some major performance benefits. First and foremost is removing compliance in the system to improve pedal feel and improve the ability to modulate effectively. As the system heats up during heavy use, the rubber hoses swell even more than when simply driving around town. These are one of those rare parts that don't cost much but offer an immediate and noticeable improvement in performance. DOT/FMVSS 106 compliant.

Girodisc Ti Heat shields
The problem of brake fluid boiling is simply traced to heat transferring from the rotors and pads directly into the fluid through the caliper pistons. Titanium as a material, has low thermal conductivity. This means that it is very bad at transferring heat, which is good if you are trying to keep your fluid cool. The Girodisc solution to help prevent fluid boiling is to use a thin titanium shim placed between the pad back and the pistons, to keep the braking heat from transferring into the pistons and fluid.

Wheels / Tires

Volk CE28 wheels
Size 18x10.5 +18. Manufactured in house using proprietary aerospace aluminum, RAYS wheels are produced utilizing their patented Mold Forging technology which allows for a wheel that has an unmatched blend of lightness, strength, and camber stiffness.

Nitto NT05 tires
The NT05™ is a max performance tire that was developed through extensive computer simulation modeling and on-track testing. These rigorous development procedures helped produce a street tire that provides precise and responsive handling and performance. Knowing the tire is responding to your inputs will inspire your confidence.

Exterior

JDP front lip
JDP's front lip was chosen for it's clean appearance and daily functionality. Weighing less than 2 pounds, it proves to be functional as well, providing aerodynamic enhancement to the 311RS.

VOLTEX Rear Wing
A simple added touch to the OEM rear wing. Voltex's rear wing lip provides aero balance to the rear of the 311RS, and it's carbon fiber construction matches that of JDP's front lip.

Jon Sibal 311RS livery
Our aim was to design a timeless livery that would define the 311RS with a single look. Simple yet effective, Jon's livery does just that.

Interior

etnies e-suede
Designed to be 3 times more durable than traditional suede, E-Suede was chosen for it's ability to stand up to abuse, just like everything else that makes up the 311RS.