A Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV completed the FIA-certified Asia Cross Country Rally 2014.
The plug-in hybrid four-wheel drive SUV – entered and managed by the Two & Four Motor Sports rally team supported by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) – was entered in the T1E class (electric vehicle class) of the Asia Cross Country Rally 2014 (AXCR).
The AXCR rally started in Thailand August 9 and finished in Cambodia last Friday, August 15.
MMC said the team completed the 1986 kilometers rally in 19 hours 17 minutes and 12 seconds, winning first place in their class and 14th place overall.
The Outlander PHEV, having completed this rally for two years in a row proved its outstanding levels of reliability, durability and all-terrain performance as well as proved the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain is durable even under severe road conditions, stated MMC.
MMC explained the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV rally car used the competition-modified suspension from last year’s race car as well as raised ground clearance with the drive battery placed higher for improved off-road performance. The car’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system was tuned for competition use to provide better traction; other modifications included the installation of a roll cage and underbody skid plate, the use of a lighter hood, tailgate and interior parts, additional sealing and a snorkel for water crossings. Aside from these changes, the race vehicle competed using almost the same Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrain and mechanical parts as the standard production model.
“Because the extreme road surface conditions unique to the Asia Cross Country Rally gave us a really hard time when we competed for the first time last year, this year we raised the ground clearance further to improve the car’s off-road performance,” said Mr. Yasuo Tanaka, technical director. “I am also very satisfied and proud that the Outlander PHEV was able to demonstrate so convincingly the reliability and durability of MMC’s own plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system as well as the superior capabilities of its Twin Motor 4WD and S-AWC systems. The Outlander PHEV’s improved all-terrain performance this year means we have been able to collect more valuable data than last. I am looking forward to utilising this in our electric vehicle development.”