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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."

 

Mitsubishi has not missed a Dakar Rally since it first entered in 1983. No, MMC people are not gluttons for punishment, they just thrive on competition. They love the challenge and the challenge just don't come any bigger than the Dakar. Having won the event nine times, Mitsubishi Motors is always a leading contender. That puts more pressure on the 2005 Dakar, and the people from MMC wont have it any other way! And then again, as fate would have it, it's the 10th Victory for Mitsubishi as they make it again into the Dakar finish line first for the 2005 Rally! It's more than the glory and the worldwide publicity, which of course helps to sell cars. It's about testing Mitsubishi automobile technologies to their limits, accumulating data on their performance, and then feeding proven technologies into each production vehicle as appropriate. It's a continuing adventure of striving and learning!
 

  • The Skill !!!

     The skills required to do well in a Dakar Rally is many and various. The driver has to react constantly to terrain that can spring ugly surprises and judge the amount of power to apply accordingly.  The driver cannot allow the searing heat inside the cabin to affect that judgment, and must never relax concentration on the special stages. Alongside superb driving skills must go high-order of mental agility.    

 

  • The Experience!

     Mitsubishi entered the 2005 Dakar with 23 years of experience in the world's most challenging adventure rally and an unequaled record of nine victories.  That experience represented a tremendous knowledge bank that undoubtedly contributed to a tenth victory in 2005!

But experience must be kept up to date. Mitsubishi was so confident in the abilities of its latest Pajero/Montero Evolution because non-competitive and competitive testing had shown it to be again a highly potential Dakar Winner as it has been in 2003 and 2004.

Human experience is as highly important! A glance at the work team lineup shows that Mitsubishi is  well blessed in that department. Then there's the team management, the technical crews, the logistics staff and so on. Here too, the more hands-on experience the better... and indeed, Mitsubishi has it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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   ( click thumbnail to view)

 

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.