Next year the Dakar Rally will be held in the wide open spaces of South America and Mitsubishi has no plans to let the historic change of venue pass them by. The Japanese automaker has announced the development of the Racing Lancer which will compete in t

Next year the Dakar Rally will be held in the wide open spaces of South America and Mitsubishi has no plans to let the historic change of venue pass them by. The Japanese automaker has announced the development of the Racing Lancer which will compete in the 2009 event.

The Super Production Cross-Country Rally car has been developed to abide with official FIA racing regulations and abides with new rules set to come into force in 2010. It features a 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged diesel engine which Mitsubishi began development of during the qualifying rounds of the 2008 Dakar Series and the 2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup. Power stands at 260hp and an impressive 650Nm (480 lb ft) of torque which is passed to the wheels via it's permanent four-wheel drive with limited slip central differential. The carbon fibre bodywork is reminiscent of the Lancer Sportback which will be released in Europe this summer.

It's participation in the Dakar Rally is seen as a platform to enhance sales of the Pajero and Montero and will also help stimulate development of future powertrains and 4WD transmission systems.

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Mitsubishi Announce New Racing Lancer for 2009 Dakar Rally