Evolution Lancer 8 MR FQ – FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
This FAQ has been prepared to provide you information on the Evo 8 MR FQ models.
The info here is limited to the FQ series and doesn’t cover anything else.
I am a personal fan of knowledge sharing and free information so that’s why this exists
My previous (and first attempt) FAQ was the Apexi PowerFC FAQ for the Apexi PowerFC standalone ECU
As always, if you have corrected info please let me know via paulr33 at hotmail.com
Last update: 4:02 PM 29-12-2014
- Evolution 8 badges
- Evolution 8 MR FQ series
- Evolution 8 FQ – Registry
- Replacement FQ – badges/decals
- Evolution 8 FQ – Sales Brochures
- Evo 8 servicing documentation
- Evolution 8 FQ – Specifications
- Evolution 8 FQ – Dash cluster options
- Evolution 8 FQ – Certificate of authenticity
- My Evo 8 FQ340 – Build #238 (general pics)
- My Evo 8 FQ340 – Some small videos on youtube
Evolution 8 badges
The UK based Evolution 8’s (and other models) have different style bades to the Australian and Japanese equivalent models. The Japanese based Evolution 8’s have a small “LANCER” badge in the bottom left corner of the boot and the MR’s have a small red “MR” in the right hand corner as shown below. Personally I prefer the UK style badges and owners often change them around as well. You can order new badges (any style) online at http://www.lancershop.com
JDM Evolution 8 badges
UK Evolution 8 badge
Additionally, the MR FQ series have additional badges on the rear, doors and centre console
UK Evolution 8 MR FQ badge UK Evolution 8 MR FQ badge door UK Evolution 8 MR FQ badge centre console
You can also use the car’s VIN number to work out the true model
- Evolution 8’s standard are CT9A-020xxxx
- Evolution 8’s MR are CT9A-030xxxx Original source: http://www.lancerregister.com/showthread.php?t=156207
Evolution 8 MR FQ series
The Evolution 8 MR FQ series was created by Mitsubishi Ralliart in the UK as part of celebrating the Mitsubishi Colt 30th anniversary. There exists other models of the FQ series, such as 9’s and X’s for example, but this FAQ will only discuss the Evolution 8 FQ series. UK Evolution 8 MR FQ badge UK Evolution 8 MR FQ badge door UK Evolution 8 MR FQ badge centre console
Evolution 8 MR FQ’s were standard Evolution 8 MR’s built in Japan, delivered to Mitsubishi UK and then modified by Ralliart in the UK. These were sold in a few variants and the main model that most car enthuisasts would know of the FQ-400 that was shown on Topgear.
As noted by Wikipedia;
In the United Kingdom, many special Evolutions were introduced, including the FQ300, FQ320, FQ340, and FQ400 variants. They came with 305, 325, 345, and 405 hp (227, 239, 254 and 302 kW), respectively. Although Mitsubishi have not confirmed the fact, it is widely rumoured that the FQ stands for “F*cking Quick”.
Each of the MR FQ series features additional MR FQ badges on the rear boot, front doors and centre console as part of the special build. The cars are uniquely number from the build and this is reflected in the centre console badge that shows the model, and build number of the car.
The cars themselves contain a range of factory fitted (by Ralliart) parts and aftermarket modifications covered by Mitsubishi’s warranty and servicing. Typically these include things such as aftermarket the HKS power intake, the HKS super-drager exhaust and in some cases such as the FQ-400, a customer Garrett turbocharger, Motec M400 ECUs, forged pistons etc.
A summarised list of factory modifications is as follows – Note this is modifications over the standard 8 MR;
- Evo 8 MR FQ-300
MR FQ badges
- Optional Ralliart cluster (Note if the Speedo has split MPH/KPH Split then ODO will be miles)
- Team dynamic gunmetal alloys
- Evo 8 MR FQ-320
- Same as FQ300 plus
- HKS Exhaust
- HKS intake kit (panel filter & hardpipe kit)
- Evo 8 MR FQ-340
- Same as FQ320 plus
- ECUTEK Piggyback ECU
- Black leather / Alcantara interior (Ralliart logo on seats)
- Evo 8 MR FQ-400
- Same as FQ340 plus
- Forged internals
- Custom GT turbocharger
- Motec ECU
- 6 pot Alcon brakes
- Alcon mega clutch
- HKS injectors, conrods, plugs, head gasket
For a full specification list of every FQ model you can browse the entire library below at Lancer Register.
For some FQ340 pics see below
Evolution 8 FQ registry
There is an unofficial FQ registry online of FQ build #’s and owners found here: http://whycantwedrinkforever.co.uk/evo/FQ.asp?v=8
Replacement FQ badges/decals
You can order unofficial replacement FQ badges online here: http://lancerregister.com/showthread.php?t=303878
You can also order the other OEM badges (Mitsubishi, Diamond, EVOLUTION, LANCER etc) from lancershop.com
This is what my full FQ340 set look like delivered from the UK.
- 3 x FQ340 (1 for each front door, 1 for boot)
- 1 x EVOLUTION VIII for rear boot
- 1 x MR for rear boot
About $110 AUD for the full set of badge/decals (DOMED vinyl stickers).
Evo 8 MR FQ Sales Brochures
There are two sales catalogues/brochures available. The first one covers the general Evo 8. The second one covers the specific MR and FQ versions 300, 320 and 340 (400 has it’s own).
Note: I have inserted blank pages as the second page and second last pages so that it views correctly in Adobe PDF with a two page view as shown below;
Evo 8 servicing documentation
Here are some scans of typical documentation you would see with an Evo 8 from the UK. Note that if it’s an FQ from the UK all the quoted paperwork will be pounds and miles.
Evolution 8 FQ Specifications
You can view the specifications of the Evo 8 FQ series here http://www.lancerregister.com/showthread.php?t=156207
Evolution 8 FQ Dash cluster options
There are a few different dash cluster types that exist as shown below.
- Evo 8 UK spec cluster
- MPH/KPH split
- ODO is in miles
- Evo 8 UK spec cluster – Ralliart option
- ODO is in miles
- Evo 8 JDM spec cluster
- ODO is in kilometers
Evolution 8 FQ – Certificate of authenticity
Only the FQ400 receives an official certificate of authenticity from Mitsubishi. Note the wording of the certificate, it is “converted” because all FQ’s are MR’s that are modified by Ralliart (ie converted)
The other FQ’s do not get a certificate and the only true way to verify is either from service documentation (should indicate FQ model) or by checking with Mitsubishi UK (quote the VIN).
FQ400 official certificate
If you are going to purchase an FQ model you should check to confirm on the Mitsubishi servicing documentation that it at least identifies the model number. There are reports on the Mitsubishi Lancer Register forum that sometimes the car is quoted as an FQ340, even for an FQ400 or other models, but it should at least, say some variant of FQXXX model. See below, two service receipts
My Evo 8 FQ340 – Some small videos on youtube
Some small videos on youtube.com of my car
Video 1 – EVO 8 MR FQ340 – On road test, dash cluster
Video 2 – EVO 8 MR FQ340 – 100kmh gear ratio demo
Video 3 – EVO 8 MR FQ340 – 2nd gear and 3rd gear