Mitsubishi has announced the "scale down" of its Ralliart motorsport and tuning division
Japanese tuner Ralliart will be shutting its doors on 1 April after 27 years in business.
The company says current and future performance models like the Lancer Ralliart and Evolution will not be affected. Mitsubishi already develops the Lancer Ralliart and Evolution models itself.
In a statement, Ralliart president Masao Taguchi said his firm is another victim of the economic downturn. The company will cancel their technical support plan and will no longer advise motorsport customers. The Mitsubishi/Ralliart Driver of the Year award has also been cancelled.
Only production of FIA VO Ralliart items will remain, but that will now be taken care of by Mitsubishi. Their catalogue of aftermarket tuning parts for normal customers has apparently also been axed.