Mitsubishi FTO (2004~2010没)


It was the car that I drove before I started my apprenticeship, and it taught me a lot. In hindsight, it must have been a pretty good car. No wonder, since it is said to have won the Japan Car of the Year award. In other words, it was a 'right being' that led to the future, so it actually created the future, so looking back on it now, you might say that it had no impact, without the impression that it did anything eccentric or anything like that. It was a compact premier sport in concept, sleek styling that still works today, AI-assisted AT in technology, compact yet practical packaging, etc. There are a number of things that remain. Of course, there are also some dinosaur-like parts, especially the engine specifications, which give off the scent of Japan's booming economy at the time. When I found it in the line-up, the FTO was priced as if no one was paying attention to it, as it had already stepped into the outdated atmosphere, perhaps because the Integra had taken over the genre, or because of the M scandal.





"Kanarikiteru kanjiteru" = This guy is pretty crazy, feels good, indeed. Too spartan, who are they selling to? Soundproofing material could have been included.

Driving information

When discussing the FTO, engine power, AT transmission and design are generally mentioned, but the 'driving information' should be given special mention. Through the steering wheel, shift knob, accelerator and clutch, the status of the engine, tyres and road surface is clearly conveyed. The steering wheel is FF, so there is no sense of turning from behind, but this alone was instructive enough. The vibrations transmitted to the shift knob also taught me the pleasure of listening to a piece of iron machinery. As this was the first car I owned for a long time, it set the standard for cars. It would not be fast or slow, luxurious or cheap, and moreover, it would not be about how it handled, but about what was fun to drive while doing it.

Of course, this information overload has both good and bad points. Sensitive and too much information can tire not only the driver but also the passengers. When driving long distances, I was an energetic young man in those days (well, that's a lie) and didn't notice it during the ride, but I still got exhausted after about 500 kilometres. (Of course, at the time I thought I could drive as long as I wanted.) The fatigue in absolute terms was so bad for my body and my head that I couldn't concentrate and felt so woozy that I had no choice but to stop and sleep.

It's a poor personal experience, but I think the only cars I've driven that have such a direct feel are the first generation roadsters and the NA1 NSX. I really should disassemble it and investigate which parts are transmitting this sort of thing (*would add later if possible). Is it the drive-by cables, the mechanical mechanism at the end of the steering wheel, or the suspension? In any case, this is becoming rare when driving cars in recent years. German cars, especially BMW's sporty machines, are built with an emphasis on directness in terms of feel, which is somewhat similar, but instead of the feeling of running on asphalt, as in the above-mentioned models, there is a dull feeling as if a rubber bush has been covered over the car.





Anyway, it's a bit loud, but that's youth.

This car was very noisy on the road. I still remember that when I was slowly driving by the lake (now that I think about it, it was near the mountains, so the road surface was probably rougher due to anti-freeze, etc., but no matter how you look at it, the road surface was rough), it was just so loud that I could not even hear the music even if I drove slowly. So we changed the tyres and deadened the car afterwards. When I disassembled the doors and other parts, I was surprised to find that there was no anti-vibration, sound deadening or sound-absorbing material in the car at all. The FTO, with its sleek styling, has quite thick doors, but the fact that they were completely empty still makes me wonder what the intention was. Of course, it was a sports car of sorts, so it had to be light, but these days such a radical specification is becoming less and less common.

   It was a classic car with only a skeleton, or else I felt the wildness of an individual in the conservative image of Mitsubishi, a big company. Is this my youth, yes and no, I could say that I learnt the manufacturer's way of thinking, and there is also the theory that you don't have to drive a noisy car for the sake of driving a noisy car.








Fiat Coupe (pics from wikipedia )

FTO_Mitsubishi ,GPX (from wikipedia en)

Fiat Coupe rear (pics from wikipedia)

FTO rear (pics from Goonet)