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The lead Lancer WRC04 in the 2004 World Rally Championship was driven by ex-Peugeot driver Gilles Panizzi, with his brother Hervé as co-driver. The other pairings were Gianluigi Galli with Guido D'Amore, Daniel Solá with Xavier Amigo, and Kristian Sohlberg with Kaj Lindstrom.
For 2015, the car was upgraded to the WRC05, with the car's width was increased by 30 mm due to a change in the WRC regulations. The engine remained the same, but the ECU and the turbo wastegate were updated. Alterations to the bodywork were introduced to improve stability and to accommodate the new, wider track, while suspension links and driveshafts were lengthened. Steering-mounted gearshift paddles were also introduced, and longer ratios were adopted for first, third and fourth gears. The car showed great promise, since Panizzi took 3rd place in Monte Carlo, and ex-Peugeot man Rovanpera was fast on gravel events, eventually clinching a 2nd place at the last round in Australia.
Soon after, Mitsubishi pulled out of the WRC, and only returned through supported private and semi-works entries in 2006 and 2007. At the Swedish WRC-event in 2006, local driver Daniel Carlsson made a podium finish with a 3rd place in the Värmland forests, in such an entry. Daniel battled for second, just into finish line, with team mate Gigi Galli, who settled for fourth spot. The cars still compete now, as the cars and team were purchased by MML Sports who developed the car further, including updated suspension, transmission and other minor changes. This resulted in the car (sometimes called the WRC07) being faster than the WRC05 by a massive 0.5sec/km.