Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in Australia
After completing the Thailand, Cambodia Asia Cross Country Rally in 2013 and 2014, Mitsubishi will send its Outlander PHEV to Western Australia for the 2014 Australasian Safari.
Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Australia will compete this month (19-27 September) in class A1 for production vehicles, but in a new category, specially created for hybrid or dual powered vehicles, as the Outlander PHEV is the first plug-in hybrid four-wheel drive officially entered in an Australian motorsport event.
"Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will support the TMR Australia Outlander PHEV Safari entry by sending three plug-in hybrid specialist engineers to Western Australia for technical assistance during the gruelling seven day event, which will cover more than 2,500 competitive kilometres through sand, salt plains, dry river beds and rugged desert tracks." "The 2014 Australasian Safari concludes in Kalbarri – 600 kilometres north of Perth – on Saturday 27 September."
Experienced local driver Steve Glenney and co-driver Bernie Webb will be in the Outlander PHEV for this rally. TMR Australia Outlander PHEV Safari Team Principal Alan Heaphy said the Australasian Safari is a challenging event that demands stamina and endurance from competitors and vehicles alike:
"We're very excited about building the first plug-in hybrid to compete in the Australasian Safari." "The Outlander PHEV showcases the latest Mitsubishi hybrid and four-wheel drive technology, making it an ideal platform for an entry in the Australasian Safari." "From our long-term experience working with Mitsubishi products, the quality of engineering and technology is a good match for motorsport, and we're looking forward to proving the Outlander PHEV's durability and technology in genuine off-road conditions."
The SUV will undergo only minor modifications for durability and safety:
"To help it withstand the punishing conditions, the Outlander PHEV will have extra underbody and frontal protection, reinforced suspension arms and strut towers along with competition brake pads, rally tyres and springs with adjustable dampers for added strength and durability."
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV takes on 2014 Australasian Safari with Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Australia