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  Most Successful Car Manufacturer!   


Mitsubishi is the most successful manufacturer in the history of the Dakar Rally, and the record has gotten better and better through the years. First victory was in the 80's when only Porsche and then Peugeot were the major opposition. In the 90's when it was manily a battle against Cirtoen, there were four victories. In th 2000's, with the main rival the Schlesser buggy, MMC has already won four times.


On five occassions, Mitsubishi drivers have occupied all three places on the podium. Of the 66 podium positions available since 1983 when MMC first entered the event, we have taken 36. Before the 2004 Dakar, Mitsubishi and Citroen were the only manufacturers to have won three times in succession. Citroen did it in 94 to 96. MMC has now won it 5 times in succession counting 2005.


MMC has had many star drivers, but there has been only one star vehicle! Always the challenge has been spearheaded by the Mitsubishi Pajero ( Montero ) Evolution. No wonder it's known as the "King of the Desser."




"Automobile of the Year"



When one is on a roll, one is on a roll! First, in its January '04 issue, Automobile Magazine, a prestigious motoring journal, named the Lancer Evolution as its 2004 "Automobile of the Year." The magazine described the car's virtues in the most emphatic terms: The Lancer Evolution is "not just our Automobile of the Year, but also very likely the automotive icon of the decade." It gets even better when the magazine goes on to state that the Lancer Evolution "unapologetically, uncompromisingly, unequivocally provides the most performance for the money of any car in the world."

Second, Sport Compact Car Magazine voted the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution as its "2004 Sport Compact Car of the Year." "The Lancer Evolution embodies the spirit of our entire product line. Editors of Sport Compact Car magazine, who speak for an audience of true car enthusiasts and serious compact car tuners, affirmed that with Mitsubishi, high performance and value are synonymous."



Eclipse Concept-E

 For the Mitsubishi Eclipse Concept-E, beauty is not just skin deep.  Mind you what a gorgeously smooth skin this cope has.  Luminescent world deem a good description given the plasma running lights, neon crackle tube indicator and brake lights, and glass roof - all enveloped in such lovely aerodynamic curves. 


If the looks get the adrenaline going, the technology underneath accelerates its flow.  Driving the front wheels of the Eclipse Concept-E is a 3.8 Liter V6 engine featuring Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control system... Now known as the MIVEC.


  Driving the rear wheels is a rear-mounted electric motor that provides an additional 200 horsepower, making a total maximum ouput of 470 horsepower.


This all-wheel drive (AWD) system, called E-Boost, is the heart of the technological leap that the Eclipse Concept-E represents. Thanks to the E-Boost, the care delivers and uninterrupted stream of power even while the six-speed automated manual transmission changes gears.


  With that performance, one would expect the Eclipse Concept -E to be somewhat thirsty. Not so! Compared with other engines that deliver over 450 Horsepower, the Eclipse Concept-E is frugal with the gasoline.  Using the same comparison, the hybrid powertrain also lowers the volume of harmful emissions, something that one would expect of a hybrid system.  The big surprise is that such a system can deliver such stunning performance at the same time. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Concept-E is a car desgned for serious driving fun!




The sleek and roomy interior of the Eclipse Concept-E  







The second leg of Rally Japan 2005, was centered on the town of Ashoro and although shorter, it still covered 12 stages, none of which was longer than 16.25 kilometers. The morning took in five stages, all of which were repeated the afternoon before the leg was rounded off with another run through the Satsunai super special.

Harri Rovanperä has been on a charge from the outset and Finn set the fastest time in the opening stage of the leg - his second scratch time of the event - to close the gap to Subaru’s Chris Atkinson. Second fastest in the following stage brought Harri to within 0.8 seconds of fourth position and after SS12 - where rain made
conditions very slippery - the Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05

driver had overhauled the Australian to claim fourth position behind the leading trio of FIA WRC contenders. During the afternoon’s stages Finn was never outside the top five, except in the penultimate test when headlight failure caused him to lose time as darkness fell. He once again set the fastest time in the final super special however, repeating the previous night’s achievement, and overnights race just behind Galli in fifth position.


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