Out­lander PHEV com­pletes Asia Cross Coun­try Rally 2014

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An Out­lander PHEV plugin hy­brid elec­tric four­wheel drive SUV, en­tered and man­aged by the Two and Four Mo­tor Sports rally team sup­ported by Mit­subishi Mo­tors Cor­po­ra­tion (MMC), suc­cess­fully com­pleted the FIA-cer­ti­fied Asia Cross Coun­try Rally 2014 1 in the elec­tric ve­hi­cle class.

The team com­pleted the rally which started in Thai­land on Au­gust 9 and fin­ished in Cam­bo­dia on Au­gust 15 in 19 hours, 17 min­utes and 12 seconds for the to­tal driv­ing dis­tance of 1986 km un­der rough cour­ses, win­ning its class and achieved 14th place over­all.

The Out­lander PHEV — having com­pleted the rally two years in row — proved its re­li­a­bil­ity, dura­bil­ity and all-ter­rain per­for­mance while demon­strat­ing the dura­bil­ity of its plug-in hy­brid elec­tric ve­hi­cle pow­er­train un­der se­vere road con­di­tions.

The Out­lander PHEV rally car used the com­pe­ti­tion-mod­i­fied sus­pen­sion from last year’s race car.

In 2014, the team raised ground clear­ance and placed the drive bat­tery higher for im­proved off- road per­for­mance. The car’s su­per all-wheel con­trol in­te­grated ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics con­trol sys­tem was tuned for com­pe­ti­tion use to pro­vide bet­ter trac­tion.

Other mod­i­fi­ca­tions in­cluded the fit­ting of a roll cage and un­der­body skid plate, the use of lighter en­gine hood, rear gate and in­te­rior parts, and ad­di­tional seal­ing and a snorkel for wa­ter cross­ings. Apart from th­ese changes, the car com­peted us­ing the al­most the same plug-in hy­brid elec­tric ve­hi­cle pow­er­train and me­chan­i­cal parts as the stan­dard pro­duc­tion model.

For a full run­down on all Mit­subishi ve­hi­cles call into Shep­par­ton Mit­subishi, Be­nalla Rd. Or phone the show­room on 5822 5888.

The car com­peted us­ing the al­most the same plug-in hy­brid elec­tric ve­hi­cle pow­er­train and me­chan­i­cal parts as the stan­dard pro­duc­tion model

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