Mitsubishi has an illustrious history in rallying, from the WRC to the Paris-Dakar. Its newest vehicle for off-road competition is the specially prepared Triton pickup. The truck will compete in the 2022 Asia Cross Country Rally which will kick off in November.
The racing Triton fits into the FIA Group T1 class for cross-country vehicle prototypes. The base is a double-cab version of the truck from the Thai market. It gets a special suspension for off-road work. Preparations include front and rear limited-slip differentials and wheels with large diameter tires. The team lightened the hood and doors by installing carbon fiber strips. The interior is stripped for competition and has a roll cage.
Power comes from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that produces 178 horsepower (133 kilowatts) and 317 pound-feet (430 Newton-meters) of torque. The engine gets a stronger seal against the water and a snorkel to tackle river crossings. Power is channeled through a six-speed manual gearbox to Mitsubishi’s Super Select 4WD-II system.
Mitsubishi conducted a two-day test of the truck in Thailand on 27 and 28 June. Development focused on evaluating the reliability and durability of the chassis and engine. You can see some of that action in the video above. There will be another session in August and a shakedown in October.
“After covering more than 800 kilometers in two days, the rally car showed outstanding performance throughout the tough endurance tests we had hoped for, and now we are confident that our preparations are on the right track,” said Hiroshi Masuoka, team director for Team Mitsubishi. Ralliart.
The 2022 Asian Cross-Country Rally lasts a week and runs the approximately 1,056-mile (1,700-kilometer) stage in Northeast Thailand and ends near Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
After 11 years of hibernation, Mitsubishi is reviving the Ralliart name in 2021 with plans to focus this model on Southeast Asia. Things got off to a lackluster start with special packages for the Pajero Sport and Triton that included models with extra stickers. Then, the Vision Ralliart Concept equips the Outlander with a special bodykit and wheels. In 2022, the brand introduced a wide range of accessories in Japan for several models.
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