Outlander PHEV completes Asia Cross Country Rally 2014
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.
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The car competed using the almost the same plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain and mechanical parts as the standard production model