For over 30 years ago, national carmaker, Proton has had a strong partnership with Mitsubishi ever since the Proton Saga. Mitsubishi has always been helpful in Proton’s early years in the development of their first generation of car models. Majority of them of course are also rebadged cars from particular Mitsubishi car models. The partnership started from the Fiore as the Saga, then the Lancer as the Wira, the Mirage as the Putra and Satria and so on. But after some time, Proton has stopped producing rebadged models from Mitsubishi and instead decided to produce their own designs.
But it wasn’t until a few recent years where Proton decided to produce another car based from an existing Mitsubishi model. This time it is based from the latest Mitsubishi Lancer. When this car was released, it quickly caught on to not only be an alternative to the Mitsubishi Lancer, since the chassis is practically the same, it also became another good platform for JDM conversions. Something similar to what the Wira was since the 90s.
For one owner, his Proton Inspira doesn’t even look like an Inspira. In fact, walking pass by, one might think it was a Lancer straight from the factory. But for this Inspira, it is not all about the looks. Under the hood of this car are some serious performance mods that deserve some recognition regardless of what car it really is. Under the hood, this Inspira is running on a motor that can be found from its more powerful cousin, the Mitsubishi Evo CZ4A.
The turbocharged 4 cylinder 4B11 motor was relatively an easy swap for this car since the chassis and mounts were practically the same. It was dropped in and bolted on an automatic Ralliart SST gearbox. Of course, while the owner was at it, he also took the chance to install some essential bolt ons like a pair of 270 Tomei cams, a Tial blow off valve and a K&N open pod intake. This motor is also running on a Greddy TD06-20G turbine mounted on the exhaust manifold.
On the suspension, a set of fully adjustable coilovers from BC Racing were put into the car. Due to the interchangeability of parts from the Inspira and the Evo 10, the car is running on a set of stock Evo CZ4A Brembo brakes on all four corners to give the well-deserved stopping power needed especially when one is running a motor from the same car. For transferring the power to the pavement, the Inspira rolls on a set of lightweight SSR Type C wheels and a set of Hankook Ventus RS3 tires.
On its skin, most of the exterior parts were also sourced from the Mitsubishi Evo CZ4A to complete the whole conversion. Of course, besides the conversion, the owner was also nice enough to but some personal touches on the exterior like the carbon fiber Ganador wing mirrors and Ralliart LED tail lights. In conclusion, it was a very interesting project which not only emphasizes looks but also performance of the car.
Model: Proton Inspira
2.0L Inline 4 4B11,
Tial Blow Off Valve,
Greddy TD06-20G Turbo,
Tomei Pro 270 Camshafts,
Tomei Valve Springs,
K&N Open Pod Air Intake,
ID 1000cc Injectors.
Stainless Steel Intercooler Piping,
Tonnka Stainless Steel Turbo Manifold,
Tonnka Stainless Steel Exhaust System,
DW65C Fuel Pump,
SST Ralliart Gearbox,
SUSPENSION, CHASSIS AND BRAKES:
BC Racing BR Series Adjustable Coilovers,
Evo CZ4A Brembo Brakes,
WHEELS AND TIRES:
SSR Type C 18 x 9.5jj Offset +15
Hankook Ventus RS3 255/35/18
Evo CZ4A Bodykit Coversion,
Ganador Side Mirrors,
Ralliart LED Tail Lights,
Grimspeed Boost Controller,
Greddy Boost Meter,
Rockford Fosgate Sound System,
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
4GS Pinky Motorsports