Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Tackles Asia Cross Country Rally

A rally-prepped Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will run from Thailand to Cambodia, competing in the 2014 edition of the Asia Cross Country Rally.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced it will dispatch a team of technical support engineers for an Outlander PHEV entered in the T1.3 4×4 Electric class of the 2,200 kilometers FIA-certified Asia Cross Country Rally 2014 (AXCR), held August 9 to 15.

The rally will be run from Thailand to Cambodia.

The Two & Four Motor Sports rally team (Two & Four), headed by Kenji Ishida, will run an Outlander PHEV in the race for the second straight year. MMC said its engineers will provide Two & Four’s team technical support for the plug-in hybrid four-wheel drive SUV for the duration of the rally. MMC added it will utilize valuable data and know-how acquired by the technical support team in future vehicle development.

The 19th edition of the AXCR will get under way with the Ceremonial Start in the Thai beach resort of Pattaya on Saturday August 9. The next day, August 10, sees the start of the rally proper as Leg 1 takes entrants from Pattaya to Sakaeo. On August 12, Leg 3 of the rally takes the competitors into Cambodia and past the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat. The event finishes in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh on Friday August 15. The AXCR covers a total distance of 2,200 km and goes through mountains, forests, swamps and river crossings.

MMC explained the Outlander PHEV rally car will use competition suspension and reinforced mountings to raise ground clearance and improve all-terrain performance over poor surfaces. The vehicle’s S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system will be tuned for competition use to deliver better traction. Other modifications include the installation of a roll cage and under body skid plate, the use of lighter engine hood, tailgate and interior parts, and additional sealing and a snorkel for water crossings.