The next generation of Mitsubishi 4 cylinder engines where based on the same blocks as the G62B/G63B. The 4G63 was introduced in the Japanese market Galant and came in naturally aspirated and turbocharged intercooled variants. The 4G63 variant is a 1997 cc 2.0L engine (85 mm bore x 88 mm stroke) and came in SOHC and DOHC version. The 4G63T is found in various models including the 1988-92 Galant VR-4, the 1990-1999 Eclipse, and the Lancer Evolution I-IX available in a variety of specs.
Mitsubishi has mainly been associated in the rally and road race sport, but in the last 15 years the 4G63T engine has played a huge role in Mitsubishi powered drag vehicles.
We can't start the Mitsubishi drag history without mentioning Puerto Rico's Sakura Racing. Puerto Rico has a history of pioneering import drag racing in the mid-'70s and -'80s, and it is still a huge sport in the island. Although Sakura didn't raced with a 4G63T engine, Eric Yamil Torres and Sakura Racing are well known as one of the Mitsubishi drag racing pioneers. Sakura started racing in a starion powered 4G54 Colt. The Colt was later retired and Sakura came back strong with a '95 Mirage full-tube chassis with the same 4G54 Colt engine and became one of the top contenders in the sport. In July 20, 1997 at the 4th annual Pan American Nationals PR vs USA at Atco Raceway in New Jersey Sakura became the 1st 4cyl import (Japanese) doorslammer to break the 7sec barrier with an ET of 7.97 @ 168 mph
. In April 12, 2000 at the Caribbean Raceway Park in Puerto Rico Sakura broke the 4cyl import record with an ET of 7.52 @ 175 mph and two weeks later in April 30 at Ponce International Speedway Park in Puerto Rico Sakura improved its existing World Record with an earth shattering 7.48 @ 176 mph. Sakura later on retired its Starion powered 4cyl engine and swap in a 6G74 V6 engine with intentions of been more competitive with the bigger 6cyl import drag cars, but Sakura never had the chance to release the beast to the wild and currently the World 1st 7sec 4cyl import doorslammer is for SALE.
1990 - 1994
David Buschur the DSM pioneer had just traded his 1985 Monte Carlo SS for a black 1990 AWD Eagle Talon. This little turbo 4cyl. went 15.11 in stock form. Late fall of 1991 David Buschur bought the car most people know about. The black cherry 1991 Eagle Talon which became known as “4Bangr”. This car is what got the parts flowing. The 4Bangr Talon ran a 13.48 @ 98 mph the first time to the track and a in 1993 David Buschur's '91 AWD Talon became the 1st DSM to break the 12sec barrier
. Dave's best time that year was 12.34 @ 116.72 mph. In July 1994, Dave's Talon was the 2nd DSM to join the 11sec club and 1st non-nitrous DSM 11sec car with an ET 11.98 @ 116.36 mph.
Greg DiRocco was the 1st DSM to break the 11sec barrier.
Buschur's 1st DSM Shootout took place at 1993 with just 8 DSMs. The '94 Buschur DSM Shootout had just 19 cars and the '95 Buschur DSM Shootout turned out GREAT with 47 cars, 25 AWDs, 15 FWDs, 2 Galants, 2 non-turbos, and 3 non-dsm cars. Buschur ran an incredible 11.37 @ 124 mph with a 50-shot nitrous system. Greg ran a 11.61 also under nitrous.
'95 Shootout Top 21 personal best times (NO nitrous)
1.Dave Buschur 11.82 @ 118.6
2.James Kaz 11.90 @ 116.3
3.Greg Di Rocco 12.01 @ 114.3
4.Bill Lawrence 12.16 @ 113.4
5.Jeff Hill 12.21 @ 114.8
6.Randy Burgraff 12.35 @ 110.5
7.Doug Derby 12.45 @ 109.3
8.Marc Hallman 12.57 @ 108.9
9.Dennis Smoyer 12.60 @ 107.1
10.John Shepherd 12.61 @ 107.1
11.Keith Anderson 12.70 @ 109.4
12.Jim Palczynski 12.93 @ 103.0
13.Ray Parks 12.95 @ 105.1
14.Andy Glaister 13.03 @ 105.6
15.Chris Croft 13.09 @ 104.1
16.Darryl Hudson 13.23 @ 102.1
17.Mike Bryant 13.37 @ 102.7
18.Bob Hayworth 13.46 @ 104.2
19.Al Blaha 13.57 @ 100.5
20.Jim Mc Kenna 13.60 @ 105.4 (FWD)
21.Sean Glazar 13.69 @ 99.1
1996 Top 20 DSMs
1. Dave Buschur '91 Talon TSI 11.120 @ 123.35 mph 7/12/96
2. Dennis Smoyer '91 Talon TSI 11.59 @ 119.71 mph 3/1/96
3. Sean Glazar '92 Talon TSI 11.605 @ 120.33 mph 11/17/96
4. Bill Lawrence '90 Eclipse GSX 11.619 @ 120.23 mph 6/7/96
5. Tym Switzer '91 Talon TSI 11.640 @ 118.79 mph 11/3/96
6. Albert L. '93 Talon TSI 11.820 @ 115.34 mph 7/20/96
7. Jeff Hill '91 Eclipse GSX 11.866 @ 117.09 mph 4/19/96
8. Andy Craft '93 Eclipse GSX 11.880 @ 117.20 mph 6/30/96
9. John Shepherd '92 Talon TSI 11.890 @ mph 114.21 8/17/96
10. James Kaz '90 Talon TSI 11.905 @ 116.32 mph 5/26/95
11. Al Blaha '91 Talon TSI 11.950 @ 114.38 mph 11/15/96
12. Marc Hallman '92 Talon TSI 11.960 @ 114.66 mph 6/23/96
13. Bob Hayworth '91 Talon TSI 12.006 @ 115.02 mph 11/10/96
14. Micheal Ferrara '92 Talon TSI 12.040 @ 112.96 mph 5/18/96
15. Rober Toves '90 Eclipse GSX 12.040 @ 113.60 mph
16. Len Monserrat 12.177 @ 118.18 mph 6/19/96
17. Philip Long no 1/4 ET present- on list for 1/8...
18. Jim Palczynski 12.210 @ 112.47 mph 5/17/96
19. Doug Derby '95 Eclipse GSX 12.278 @ 112.14 mph 11/17/96
20. Ken Krejei 12.290 @ 109.52 mph 5/24/96
Sean Glazar '92 Talon TSI was the 1st DSM to break the 130 mph barrier 10.922 @ 130.97 9/06/97.
Tym Switzer '91 Talon TSI 1st DSM to break the 10sec barrier.
Jack Culotta's '90 Eclipse GSX ran a similar combination to Sean Glazar's Talon, a fairly stock block, a hand ported head, a 20G hybrid set up at 25psi. Jack planned in running a new combination the next year and join the prestigious 10sec DSM club only Sean Glazar and Tym Switzer where part of at the time.
Mark Hallman's '92 Talon TSI did some engine combination changes after running a best of 11.54, at the time the Talon retained its full interior, power steering, A/C, and weights in at 3,300lbs with driver. When Mark ran 11.54 last year his engine internals where completely stock and a 20G set at 22psi powered the engine. Mark was still dialing in the new set up hoping for low 11s or possibly high 10s.
1997 Top 20 DSMs
1. Sean Glazar '92 Talon TSI 10.828 @ 131.06 mph 10/10/97
2. Tym Switzer '91 Talon TSI 10.98 @ 124.79 mph 8/29/97 1st DSM to break the 10sec barrier
3. Dave Buschur '91 Talon TSI 11.005 @ 126.33 mph 6/06/97
4. John Shepherd '92 Talon TSI 11.18 @ 122.34 mph 9/20/97
5. Jack Culotta '90 Eclipse GSX 11.252@ 124.56 mph 5/16/97
6. Bill Lawrence '90 Eclipse GSX 11.546 @ 119.30 mph 5/16/97
7. Marc Hallman '92 Talon TSI 11.548 @ 120.09 mph 5/16/97
8. Jeff Hill '91 Eclipse GSX 11.596 @ 120.11 mph 11/23/97
9. Doug Derby '95 Eclipse GSX 11.609 @ 118.99 mph 6/07/97
10. Micheal Ferrara '90 Talon TSI 11.771 @ 117.78 mph 5/24/97
11. Albert L. '93 Talon TSI 11.820 @ 115.34 mph 7/20/96
12. Chris Croft '93 Talon TSI 11.822 @ 118.99 mph 10/19/97
13. Dejan Cokic '93 Eclipse GSX 11.838 @ 118.23 mph 97
14. Andy Craft '93 Eclipse GSX 11.880 @ 117.20 mph 6/30/96
15. James Kaz '90 Talon TSI 11.905 @ 116.32 mph 5/26/95
16. Chris Tichy '92 Talon TSI 11.923 @ 114.41 mph 10/18/97
17. Brent Rau '95 Eclipse GSX 11.924 @ 114.18 mph 7/4/97
18. Al Blaha '90 Talon TSI 11.950 @ 114.38 mph 11/15/96
19. Mark Vanscyoc '95 Eclipse GSX 11.967 @ 113.24 mph 8/8/97
20. Mike Hadley '92 Talon TSI 11.971 @ 115.38 mph 6/15/97
By 1998 the shootout was entering it’s 8th year. David Sold the 4Bangr to John Shepherd and started a project most people “laughed” at. He was going to build the ultimate DSM, a DSM that would no longer break driveline parts. He back halfed a '92 Talon and converted it RWD, installed a Chevy 12 bolt rear end and a powerglide transmission. The car made a few test runs right before the 1998 Shootout. It ran a best of mid 11’s. The following day at the Import Race held at Norwalk Raceway Park David Buschur's '92 RWD Talon became the World Quickest DSM back to back 10.60’s and gave DSM’ers something to be proud of. David Buschur's '92 RWD Talon ran 9.61 at 141.86 mph becoming the 1st DSM to break the 9sec barrier.
Sean Glazar owner of Extreme Motorsports is no stranger to the dragstrip and has been racing since 1995. Sean's NHRA Quick Class '92 AWD 2,900-pound Talon "White Lightning" forced fed by a Garrett T04 turbo prepared by Turbo Engineering Corporation that reaped the benefits of a Spearco water-to-air intercooler and controlled by a PMS EFI system. To grip the road, Sean ran 15x8 Bogart wheels and M&H slicks. Its best ET at the time was 10.66 @ 128 mph.
John Shepherd had two DSMs at the time. John's purchase Buschur's '91 black cherry Talon, now the infamous Shep 7sec AWD Talon as we know it these days. A proven 20G turbo feed a Buschur air-to-air intercooler to a Buschur sheetmetal intake manifold. Boost pressure was set at 25psi and Volk Racing TE37 wheels with Nitto NT-555R drag radials tranfered the power to the track. Shep's Best ET was 10.72 @ 131.02 mph. John's flame red '92 Talon retained its daily-driven characteristics. The car still ran its A/C, cruise control, and power steering along with full interior and upgraded stereo system. The car's engine was similar to his '91 Talon set-up, with a few minor exceptions. A 20G turbo at 26psi and 17x6.5 in. Konig wheels and Nitto NT-555R 225/50R-17 drag radials. Its best ET at the time was 10.95 @ 125.74 mph.
Brent Rau had bought a brand new '95 Eclipse GSX as a daily driver vehicle for his wife and it didn't stayed daily for long. Brent soon found out the next following year it would make a good race car, at which point it became a track only car. Brent raced the car through the '98 season with full interior and power steering, weighting 3,150 lbs. His best ET at the time was 11.11 @ 123.38 mph.
Dejan Cokic's '93 Eclipse GSX went thru some ups and downs last season and after another driver miss-shifted and blew the engine, Dan went through a rebuilding process. Dan rebuilt the engine internals, fitted the 20G turbo with a new cartridge set at 25 psi and ended up bettering his '97 personal best ET by over half a second at 11.28 @ 122.49 mph.
Jeff Hill Turbotrix '91 Eclipse GSX was a true daily-driver with full interior, forced induction came by way of a 20G turbo. His best ET at the time was 11.36 @ 123.77 mph.
Dan Kraft '90 Talon RST ran an interesting combination that netted him with track success being the only FWD along with all the AWD DSM guys. A 20G turbo feed the engine at 25psi while the power was planted to the ground via 13x8 front wheels and 24.5x9.5 M&H slicks with rear 15x3.5 wheels and 24.5x4 M&H tires and weighted 2,300lbs. Dan Kraft ran a Best ET of 11.38 @ 125.66 mph at the time the quickest FWD DSM.
Doug Derby's '95 Eclipse GSX was the flagship Doug's Dyno Power (DDP) and served as the test vehicle for products sold at his shop. His GSX was a street car and was driven back and forth to the track. Doug's Talon retained all its factory interior, factory wheels wrapped by Nitto NT555R drag radials, and weighted 3,300lbs. Induction was charged by a Garrett T3/T4 by Turbonetics regulated at 25psi. Doug's Talon best ET at the time was 11.55 @ 120.66 mph. Doug planned to bolt a roll cage and continued his testing with the goal of getting his full-weight Talon in the 10s.
1998 Top 13 DSMs
1. Dave Buschur '92 Talon RWD 9.61 @ 141.80 mph
2. Sean Glazar '92 Talon TSI 10.66 @ 128.73 mph
3. John Shepherd '91 Talon TSI 10.72 @ 131.02 mph (Cherry Talon)
4. John Shepherd '92 Talon TSI 10.95 @ 125.74 mph (Red Talon)
5. Tym Switzer '92 Talon TSI 10.98 @ 124.79 mph
6. Brent Rau '95 Talon GSX 11.11 @ 123.38 mph
7. Jack Culotta '90 Eclipse GSX 11.25 @ 124.56 mph
8. Dejan Cokic '93 Eclipse GSX 11.28 @ 122.49 mph
9. Jeff Hill '91 Eclipse GSX 11.36 @ 123.77 mph
10. Dan Kraft '90 Talon RSt (FWD) 11.38 @ 125.66 mph
11. Mark Hallman '92 Talon TSI 11.54 @ 120.09 mph
12. Doug Derby '95 Eclipse GSX 11.55 @ 120.66 mph
13. Glen Twardosky '95 Talon TSI 11.65 @ 118.63 mph
David Buschur sold his RWD Outlaw class Talon at the end of 1999 and started a 2G tube chassis.
Sean Glazar AWD Talon went thru some changes. A new paint scheme, drop the weight to 2,755 lbs and made a few changes to the engine internals, changed to an air-to-air intercooler and Haltech ECU and squeezed 663 whp & 617wtq @ 30psi & 100-nitrous shot, but still had its OEM dash, center console, and carpet maintaining the factory interior look. Sean's Talon made a lot off progress that year.
Early '99 Brent Rau decided to get serious in his quest for bragging authority and made some serious irreversible changes. The Eclipse went thru a weight loss diet now at 2,740lbs, a turbo upgrade , a Haltech ECU now controlled the engine. Brent's first race in 1999 was at the Diamond Star Shootout, which he won with a 10.57 @ 131 mph. At his second race of the season at a track near Farmington, Minnesota he scored another 1st place win with a 10.41 @ 138 mph ET with the help of a 50-shot nitrous system. Brent upgraded the nitrous system dial-in to a 100-shot and 657whp. At the Battle of the Imports Sept 17-18 Brent qualified 3rd with an ET 10.10 @ 147 mph and won the finals against Ed Bergenholtz's CRX with an ET 9.74 @ 146 mph becoming the Quickest Quick Class DSM at the time.