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June 30, 2023

All-New Mitsubishi Strada Seeks To Defend AXCR Crown

The all-new Mitsubishi Triton (aka Strada) is set to have competitive rallying in its genes as it seeks to defend its crown at the Asia Cross Country Rally (AXCR).

The Japanese carmaker will compete in the 2023 AXCR slated for August. As with last year, Mitsubishi Motors’ Hiroshi Masuoka will serve as team director, Chayapon Yotha (Thailand) the champion driver of AXCR 2022 and Rifat Sungkar (Indonesia) will be returning again this year, joined by new Japanese driver Katsuhiko Taguchi.

Team Mitsubishi Ralliart claimed an overall victory last year in its first attempt at AXCR. This year, the following team drivers and co-drivers will attempt to claim a second consecutive win: defending champions Chayapon Yotha (Thailand) and Peerapong Sombutwong (Thailand), last year’s 5th place drivers Rifat Sungkar (Indonesia) and Chupong Chaiwan (Thailand), and Japanese duo Katsuhiko Taguchi and Takahiro Yasui.

They will be driving a total of three new Triton Group T1s (prototype cross-country vehicles). Team Mitsubishi Ralliart will have all the resources it needs to take on the AXCR challenge; TANT SPORT (Thailand), which owns the team, is joined by team director Hiroshi Masuoka, a former two-time consecutive Dakar Rally champion driver, and Mitsubishi Motors engineers will accompany the team to provide technical support.

Just last week, Team Mitsubishi Ralliart conducted rigorous endurance tests of the Triton rally cars, envisioning actual rally conditions, on an off-road course near Khao Yai National Park, in the heart of Thailand. The all-new Triton rally car has been completely redesigned, including its body, frame, chassis, and engine, greatly increasing its competitive potential. The reliability and durability of the rally cars, primarily their bodies and engines, were confirmed by driving roughly 800 kilometers over the course of the five days endurance test, and adjustments were made in preparation for the actual competition.

“Based on the original strength of the all-new Triton, the handling performance, stability on rough roads, and ride comfort are further improved as a rally competition car. In addition, the turbocharger has been improved to increase engine response throughout the entire rally range from low to high rpm, resulting in a powerful rally car that can handle any road conditions.” said Hiroshi Masuoka, team director of Team Mitsubishi Ralliart. “We have conducted the endurance test with a harder course setting than the actual rally conditions, but the testing cars were able to drive through about 800 kilometers each without any major initial troubles, confirming performance beyond our expectations and giving us a great confidence for our second consecutive championship.”

1 comment:

  1. Salute to Mitsubishi Japan for coming back in Rallying. Hope the All new Lancer will be the next project of the Diamond brand.


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