Launched in 2014 to compete in the FIA Group R5 Class, the Mitsubishi Mirage R5 (Also known as Space Star in select countries) was developed by Tomas Weng in Mpart AB (Ralliart Sweden).
Built to compete with the R5 class, the Mirage R5 features a 1620 cc version of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X's 4B11 engine, a SADEV 5 speed transmission, a four-wheel drivetrain, a MacPherson suspension attached to specifically made subframes and Öhlins dampers. The Mitsubishi R5's competitors would include the likes of the Ford Fiesta R5, Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, Hyundai i20 R5 and the extremely successful Škoda Fabia R5. 19 chassis would be built in total.
Debuted in 2015's Rally North Wales with a 5th place finish, the Mitsubishi R5 has continued to see use as of 2021, while not as successful as the Fabia or the Fiesta, the Mirage R5 has seen 15 victories from 2015-2021 from a significantly lower amount of vehicles compared to the Fabia or R5.
The Mirage R5 has seen some further development, in 2018, an electric variant of the Mirage R5, named the Mirage R5e, has been reported to be in the works, with the final product not yet released.
The Mitsubishi R5, named simply "R5" in-game, is a low Class C rally car, originally ranked below the Volkswagen Polo R, but above the Ford Focus RS.
The R5 depicted in-game is the 6th generation Mitsubishi Mirage R5 rally car that was introduced in 2014, the model uses the 2012 Mirage, prior to any facelifts. The model is a fairly accurate replication of the real life counterpart, sharing the same spoiler, body kit, rims, and roll cage. Interestingly, the Mitsubishi logo is on the car itself, and a Mitsubishi decal can be seen on the windshield, but the car is only referred to as R5 in-game.
The Mitsubishi R5 is a well rounded rally car, boasting above average stats in every regard, but is largely inferior to the Mini All4Racing X-Raid, and even loses out to the Ford Focus RS due to a lower top speed.
Regardless, the Mitsubishi R5 is a solid, reliable vehicle, its acceleration is better than the Focus RS, and is comparable to most of the other non class A/S rally cars. The handling is also sufficient, although the drift radius may not be as good as the Focus, the R5 is a very easy car to initiate and maintain drifts, and unlike the Focus RS, is significantly more reliable when performing barrel rolls. Top speed is above average, being faster than most rally cars, but again being slower than the Focus RS and the X-Raid. Nitro power is strong, but not exceptional. With a long nitro acceleration time to max speed of 5.2 seconds and an all-in time of 4.8 seconds, the R5 can out accelerate the Focus RS, a majority of class-S cars, and is around the levels of the Volkswagen Polo R, and Peugeot 208 WRX. Like with the other stats, it is worse than the X-Raid off the line, especially in terms of all-in nitro.
The R5 is locked to level 20 without the use of rank up tools, where it is completely overshadowed by the X-Raid for both laptime and multiplayer. The R5 can serve as a substitute for the X-Raid if the latter is maxed, as it is a better rally car than the B class offerings at level 25, and better than the A class offerings at level 35. Monster trucks should not be a huge threat off the line, but obviously the X-Raid, as well as the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Touring Car 2016, are direct rivals to watch out for.
At the max rank of level 50, the R5 is again overshadowed by the X-Raid and Focus RS' performance in lap time. While by no means incompetent, the R5 does not have anything special to offer that allows it to excel in any area for its archetype, all of the advantages it may offer is not enough for it to stand out from the X-Raid's dominance.
Speed Modifier Approximation
* when using the Land Rover Defender as 100 % benchmark
Tied with the X-Raid's speed modifier, the R5 has noticeably lower top speed than both the Focus RS and X-Raid, but is higher than a large majority of the rally car class. Outside the archetype, the R5's top speed is high enough to be competitive with other vehicles, although only when all-in nitro is able to be maintained on tracks that allow extended periods of boosting.
Requiring 12 of its own blueprints to activate, the R5 receives a decent boost in performance comparable to many of the non class S vehicles in the game, while overclocking doesn't make it better than the X-Raid's overclocked stats, it helps boost the stats to help improve the acceleration and top speed to be more competitive. Note that the handling of the R5 gets worsened further, while not undriveable, the R5 does not share the same tight drift radius as the X-Raid or Focus, and will turn worse than they will with OC.
Rally Cars do not find any benefit using extra tank if the driver is able to maintain a lengthy period of all-in nitro. The extra tank actually hurts the R5 in this regard as the extra top speed gain is not worth having to fill up another bar in order to perform all-in nitro.
Boosted Wheels can help the R5 on tracks with very rough terrain like Gobi, and can marginally help it on tracks where it excels in, which can make it a worthwhile choice for multiplayer races. It is not necessary however, and can be used without via drift boosting
Nitro Recharger is incredibly powerful for the R5 when performing the all-in nitro technique. The shortened time for a recharged bar compounded with the already excellent recharge rate makes the R5 capable of activating all-in nitro much quicker and much more frequently. If done right, a second or more can be shaved off a run using nitro recharger.
Much like the Focus RS, the R5 is a sub-meta choice if the X-Raid is not fully upgraded. Like rally cars in general, Coachella Valley, Svalbard, and Ancient Relics are examples of tracks where the R5 can do well on, it is not recommended to drive on Gobi or Phuket, however the reason is mostly to do with lap time rather than the R5 being undriveable. Class C means that the R5 is not available for all Championship Warm-Up events, which is a benefit to the Suzuki SX-4 S-Cross, Lynx Mad Cat 2018 Turbo and Focus RS.
Despite being an all-round great rally car, the R5 is ultimately overshadowed by the Mini All4Racing X-Raid while requiring the same upgrade costs to max out, it may find a niche as a competitive rally car useable for ranks where the X-Raid is not for multiplayer, which might be desirable for certain drivers who want to participate in lower ranked MP but have their X-Raid maxed out.
|Mitsubishi R5 Blueprint – Last checked: Jun 3, 2021|
Price: 71,400 or 52
Rarity: Class C
Vehicle: Mitsubishi R5 (10 to build, 989 to upgrade, 12 to overclock)
Availability: Boxes, Championship Warm-Up, Black Market
- Race 100 (Class B, levels 15–17)
- Recommended level: 17
- Event reward: Silver Box
- Tip: Level 15 (perhaps less) is sufficient even without boosters if the player lets the AI Trucks and Monster Trucks advance at the start so that they "pave" the way for shortcuts by breaking down the barriers the R5 could not break on its own. Acceleration and top speed of the R5 are sufficient at this level to catch up afterwards.
- Race 270 (Class S, levels 43–45)
- Recommended level: 45
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