The company that was once responsible for importing Lancer Evolutions into the UK made various special models, including this one-off ‘Xtreme SC’
Established in 1999 by a group of companies in partnership with The Colt Car Company (the British Mitsubishi distributor), Ralliart UK was responsible for importing Evolution models. At the same time, this Dudley-based outfit made various special editions sold as official UK cars, including the Evo VI Extreme, RS Sprint and 450, VII Extreme S and RS Sprint.
At the time the SC was the most powerful thing the firm had made. Its 2.2-litre inline-four featured a crankshaft, forged pistons, and high-lift camshafts from Tomei, beefed up con-rods designed by Xtreme itself, 1000cc injectors and an Apexi turbocharger. 458bhp arrived at 5,800rpm, 410lb ft of torque at 3,500, while 0-60mph was over and done with in a mere 3.5 seconds. It was left with enough headroom to be taken up to 500bhp if the customer wished.
After spending some time as Xtreme’s press demo car and advertising poster boy, the one-off SC was sold into private ownership. Apparently not content with the huge spec list of modifications, the buyer sent £30,000 Xtreme’s way for further work including the addition of a Veilside body kit, carbon fibre door cards, a full roll cage and much more besides.
Having spent so much time parked up, the mileage figure for the SC is low at a mere 7970. A little-used, original Evo is going to be a sought-after thing, as proven by the incredible results of Mitsubishi UK’s recent heritage fleet auction. So, when this goes under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ Classic Motor Show sale at the NEC on 13 November, don’t expect a bargain – it’s valued in excess of £55,000.