Published on June 23rd, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro1
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Entering 1,300 Mile Asia Rally
A rally team will drive the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the Asia Cross Country Rally across over 1,300 miles of hrash mountain and jungle terrain.
The cross-country rally starts in the resort city of Pattaya in Thailand, and ends in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, going through dangerous jungles and past ancient wonders like Angkor Wat. To handle the rough terrtain, engineers are going to give the Outlander PHEV a front-to-back makeover. Mitsubishi turned to Two and Four Motor Sports rally team to make the necessary modifications.
A competition suspension will give the Outlander more wheel travel to get over difficult obstacles, with reinforced mountings raising the ride height. The The S-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system is being recalibrated for extreme off-roading and better traction in adverse conditions. Add to that an underbody skid plate, snorkel, some lightweight body components, and roll cage, and you’ve got a hybrid SUV to handle a seriously harsh race. Drives have six days to go complete 1,367 miles, or 2,200 kilometers over mountains and through swamps.
Mitsubishi has not been shy about throwing its hybrid and electric vehicles into serious motorsports competitions like this rally or the Pikes Peak hill climb. It’s a great way to showcase how exciting and fun these cars can be, and it builds credibility with the enthusiast crowd as well. The Asia Cross Country Rally sets out on July 1st.
Will the Outlander hybrid make it all the way and win some extra bragging rights?