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
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
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."
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
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
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
slippery - the
Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05
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.