• Aug 22nd 2008 at 12:03PM
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You're looking at the replacement for Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart's venerable rally version of the Pajero sport ute. The Japanese automaker's rally team has just revealed its newest cross-country rally vehicle based on the Lancer, dubbed simply the "Racing Lancer". The Racing Lancer will makes it debut at the 2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup in Portugal at the end of October. There it will show off its new turbo diesel engine, specifics of which have been withheld though the new mill has logged over 8,000 km during testing and limited competition. Mitsubishi's new motor marks yet another instance of diesel power gaining prominence in motorsport just like Audi did in the American Le Mans Series with its oil-burning R8 and R10. And just like Audi, Mitsubishi's decision to use a turbodiesel in the Racing Lancer is part of a larger plan that has but one objective: win the 2009 Dakar rally.

[Source: Mitsubishi]

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      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 7 Years Ago
      Always fun to watch these things race. Why no more Pajeros? I've always associated the name Pajero with Dakar rally racers.

      I'd like to point out that only the R10 was a oil-burner. The R8 ran on gasoline.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd buy that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks really good. I like it. Always been a big fan of the Pajeros in rally.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow, like the new headlights, hope the new "sportback" looks this good. like the black...
      • 7 Years Ago
      R10 = Awesome
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey AB, not to be a stickler, but the old R8 prototype drank gasoline.

      It'll be interesting to see if the Mitsubishi off-roading dominance continues with the diesel.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You know, I wrote this and then saw someone else had mentioned the R8 thing, so I wasn't going to confirm it in my mailbox. But then I posted a comment to another news item, and accidentally confirmed this one instead of the one for the other story. Sorry!
      • 7 Years Ago
      PLEASE tell me there are homologation specials planned for production.....
        • 7 Years Ago
        +1 I'll take two please.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wheres Ian, he did not like the Hummer tearing up the desert, he should be incensed now. Not many of them turtles left buddy, you better get on Misubishi immediately. Oh wait, its not about the turtle, is it? It's about a poster child for bad fuel economy (thats discontinued) that you can't back up. Ill be here, "Ian B" stop on by and cry for the turtles. Good times.


      "So tearing thru the desert, in a stock vehicle as you put it, leaving erosion scars everywhere and putting the desert tortoise, a critter thats been around for 100 million years on endangered species list in under 60 years of human intervention, is an accomplishment?"

      Sorry to interrupt guys, just enjoying the hypocrisy.
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