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New turbodiesel Mitsubishi
Racing Lancer to make competition debut on Baja Portalegre
Tokyo - Mitsubishi Motor
Corporation (MMC) and its motor sports subsidiary MMSP have
entered an all new turbodiesel Racing Lancer (FIA Group T1 Super
Production Class) for Portugal's Baja Portalegre (Thursday
October 30-Sunday November 2), round six of the 2008 FIA Cup for
Cross Country Bajas.
The all-new Racing Lancer will be
driven on the Portuguese event by Team Repsol Mitsubishi
Ralliart's Stephane Peterhansel (France) and loyal co-driver
Jean Paul Cottret (France), with whom Peterhansel has shared all
his cross-country rallying successes on four wheels. Peterhansel
won six Dakars on two wheels before switching to cars in 1999.
Since joining Mitsubishi in 2002, the Frenchman has claimed
three further Dakar victories with different iterations of the
Pajero/Montero Evolution (in 2004, 2005 and 2007) to become one
of the annual marathon's top stars.
To boost power output at all
engine speeds, the new Racing Lancer's diesel engine is equipped
with a two-stage turbocharger which calls on small and large
turbines in accord with engine speed and load.
In addition, the team's partner
Valeo contributed to the development of a particularly efficient
cooling system to cope with the hot climates frequently
encountered in cross-country rallying. The 3.0-liter V6
powerplant delivers maximum power of more than 280ps (206kW) and
peak torque of 66.3kgm (650Nm). The new car's more aerodynamic
body styling is derived from that of the production-model Lancer
Sportback*1 in order to cope with the increasing speeds of
cross-country rally events.
Other differences compared to the
previous car include reduced weight thanks to a new,
fully-integrated multi-tubular steel frame, and a lowered
positioning of the fuel tank for a lower overall center of
gravity. Handling has been further enhanced by the reduced
moment of inertia resulting from the revised location for the
spare wheels, as well as by significant modifications to the
suspension geometry. Performance on rough terrain has been
improved, thanks to BOS dampers which can be adjusted through a
wider range of settings.
The Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart-run
Racing Lancer is equipped with Valeo-developed lighting and Brembo
brakes with 16-inch ventilated discs and six-piston calipers all around.
Mitsubishi's new cross-country rally challenger sits on 7JJx16 OZ
aluminum alloy wheels and BFGoodrich low rolling resistance competition
*1 Scheduled for Japan market release
before the end of 2008, the production car will be named Galant Fortis
(October 27, 2008)