Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that it will participate at the Baja Portalegre 500 cross country rally, to be held in eastern Portugal from October 22 to 24, using the Outlander PHEV.
Mitsubishi’s Hiroshi Masuoka, who achieved two consecutive victories at the Dakar Rally in 2002 and 2003, will be the driver and team captain. Mitsubishi will compete in the Baja Portalegre represented by a team composed of four engineers from the EV Component Research Department, led by Team Manager and Technical Director Yasuo Tanaka.
The Baja Portalegre 500, which celebrates its 29th edition this year, is a cross-country rally organized by the Portuguese Automobile Association. Participants will be driving approximately 500km at high speed roads mainly over relatively flat dirt in the countryside and hill areas, located at Antelejo’s ancient capital Portalegre near the Spanish border. Over 300 vehicles from the automobile, motorbike, and quad categories are expected to participate in the competition.
The racing vehicle is modified as a rally car based on the production vehicle of the Outlander PHEV. By using the production model’s drive battery and modifying its configuration, it possesses a great capacity and a high output. In addition, they modified the system on the motor to give a high power output.
As for the power generation system, they modified the generator and engine based on the mass-produced products to deliver a higher output, and aimed for high efficiency for the entire system.
As for its body, in addition to the equipping of a roll cage and other safety equipment, they equipped larger diameter rally tires, and increased the ground clearance and the suspension stroke to improve its running performance on bad roads. These extend the Outlander PHEV’s performance limits on rigorous rally conditions, and the valuable data gathered will serve as a reference to be given to the R&D for future production vehicles.
(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)