Why Didn't Mitsubishi Offer a Mid-Drive Position On The Mirage?

We've been led to believe that the driver's seat on street cars should be one side or the other, but why? Team Mid-Drive Crisis converted their LeMons Mirage to mid-drive, and we can see that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

Why Didn't Mitsubishi Offer a Mid-Drive Position On The Mirage?

With a front-wheel drive car that uses a cable-operated shifter, you've already got a flat floor and no weird shift linkage to build, so the conversion isn't quite as hellish as it might be. Team Mid-Drive Crisis did a very clean conversion, with slick quick-release steering wheel and everything.

Why Didn't Mitsubishi Offer a Mid-Drive Position On The Mirage?

I got into the driver's seat during the Gator-O-Rama 24 Hours of LeMons BS Inspection, and the improved perspective was amazing. That got me to thinking: wouldn't this be even better on a daily driver? Sure, you'd lose one passenger seat, but you'd be able to see and reach everything on the dash, you'd be better protected from T-bone wrecks, and you'd get true stereo from your sound system. You could even put a couple of skinny seats flanking your captain's chair and increase your passenger-hauling capacity, just like those crazy Frenchmen at Matra did.

Why Didn't Mitsubishi Offer a Mid-Drive Position On The Mirage?

By all accounts, the Mid-Drive Crisis Mirage was a blast to drive at MSR Houston, and the double-takes it got from spectators provided entertainment all weekend.

Why Didn't Mitsubishi Offer a Mid-Drive Position On The Mirage?

Well, not really all weekend, because LeMons Mitsubishis nearly always blow up. In fact, Mitsubishi may well be the least reliable LeMons marque; in this case, the engine let go on Saturday, knocking the Mid-Drivers out for much of the weekend and relegating them to 83rd place out of 122. Still, we see great potential for this concept. Mid-drive Eldorado, anyone?

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