The Eclipse never found much of a home in the world of time attack or hillclimbs, but its potential as a drag car is well-known. This particular GSX was optimized for cornering and braking well enough to become the car to carry Marek Rybníček to the position of Czech Hill Climb Champion in both 2011 and 2012, so perhaps we’ve been missing something.
As this form of motorsport is very popular in that part of the world, it would seem that the GSX’s potential as a road racer might’ve been overlooked.
It’s really a remarkably quick car that allows the driver to extract its immense performance without looking too hurried or nervous. Just a tail that gently rotates as the power is applied, a continuous wave of torque – thanks largely to the sequential gearbox – and a supple, compliant ride. That composure over the bumps helps Rybníček seems very composed behind the wheel, which improves his precision on the narrow course.
The race is set in the picturesque hillclimb at Zámecký Vrch, which translates to Castle Hill, named as such because of a dilapidated fifteenth-century castle which sits atop the basalt hill.
Running through the countryside, the Mitsubishi exhibits good behavior the whole way through, only occasionally requiring a quick jab of opposite lock. The remainder of the time, the power is applied well, and the steering looks responsive and worthwhile. For those reasons, it’s surprising that the Eclipse was overlooked as a hillclimbing platform, and perhaps it deserves just a bit more credit.