Mitsubishi will be bringing four Racing Lancer vehicles to next year's challenging Dakar Rally and, while tearing up the landscape in a big SUV might not seem to be the most environmentally sound thing to do (because it's not) there is a green angle to the race. This is due to Mitsubishi's new turbodiesel engine that will be running on non-food-sourced biodiesel (which percentage blend Mitsubishi isn't saying). Mitsubishi is also proud of the renewable "green plastic" components - bumper corners and mud guards - made from carbon-neutral vegetable-based resins.
Should Mitsubishi win in January - and it's likely, since they've won every Dakar event since 2001 - it will be their first victory using diesel power. When we last mentioned Mitsubishi's entry in April, we said they'd be using a new 260 horsepower three-liter turbo diesel V6 engine. That number has since been bumped to 280, and the company expects the power to be increased further by the time the race starts. More details after the jump.
Following a terrorist threat earlier this year - which forced the cancellation of the 2008 rally, Dakar 2009 will take place in South America instead of West Africa. Dakar, the city, will remain in Senegal.