Mitsubishi is moving further and further towards becoming a brand with feelings. Everyone accepts his daily work, but from time to time there is interesting news. For example, this time it was built by Rally Art based on Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck. The rally car has in past stated facts that old rally art is back.
This Mitsubishi Triton is a FIA T1 rally car. It has undergone safety changes to meet racing standards. Travel on different roads. In addition to safety configuration and cabin weight reduction, carbon fiber door panels are also used to further reduce vehicle weight.
The feel of front end is relatively simple. With exception of bottom skid plate to protect chassis, there are not many traces of racing cars. The lamps are basically same as original configuration. Branded headlights of rally cars are not equipped on show car.
The enlarged chassis makes side view more aggressive. The large area wings are rally car shaped. In addition to protecting car body from foreign objects, they can also suppress rise of sand and dust. The car is equipped with 17-inch Work wheels and Yokohama Geolander M/T tires, which allows you to completely abandon driving performance.
The cargo area at rear of car is used to store a variety of racing-related supplies. The two spare wheels allow it to protect itself as much as possible in a race of more than 1000 km. Hydraulic jacks and tool boxes for long-distance rally racing are also good. Friend, and there is a winch that can save itself.
In terms of performance, since it belongs to original factory group, power system has not changed much. The 2.4T 4N15 MIVEC diesel engine of production car is used, and only minor adjustments have been made. Maximum power is 178 horsepower and peak torque is 430 Nm, emphasizing mid-range responsiveness.
As for chassis, it uses "modified parts" from many famous Japanese brands. The suspension is selected from Cusco and front and rear are adjustable. In addition, front and rear LSDs are also from Cusco. The brakes are provided by Endless, a renowned Japanese brake brand, and four-piston calipers provide ample stopping power.
This rally car will take part in 27th Asia Cross Country AXCR Rally, a cross-country rally of over 1,700 km across Asia, which is a serious test of car's stability. Mitsubishi has achieved outstanding results in field of rallying: in addition to WRC World Rally Championship, it has also dominated Dakar Rally. Although this time it provides services to private teams, finished product still has style of past. I also hope to see return of Mitsubishi racing cars in Dakar.