The Pajero/Montero Evolution is a Super Production rally car which complies with the FIA Group T1 technical regulations (modified cross-country rally car) that came into force in 2002. The car prepared for the 2003 event featured the same development codename
(MPR10) as its predecessor. The introduction of technical evolutions saw the codename change in 2005 to become the MPR11, which in turn became the MPR12 for the 2006 rally. The MPR13 that made its debut in 2007 was an extensively upgraded version which featured an all-new frame structure.
Mitsubishi's latest contender features a rigid, lightweight multi-tubular frame which forms an integral load-bearing structure. With the fuel tank and spare wheel positioned lower down and in a more central location, the MPR13 boasts a favorable weight distribution. The wider front and rear track dimensions combine with the revised suspension geometry to ensure enhanced high-speed and maneuvering stability. The spacious cabin offers optimal seating positions for the driver and co-driver while at the same time guaranteeing competitive comfort even in extreme conditions. The Super Production Pajero/Montero Evolution has won the event five years in a row to take Mitsubishi's score to a record run of seven straight wins and its 12th in total from 26 starts.
Though the codename remains the same, the 2008 Pajero/Montero Evolution has reached its near perfect form. It features the mandatory changes required by the latest regulations, as well as a number of modifications aimed at improving its overall performance package. Changes include the inlet and exhaust systems which have been fine-tuned as a function of the new 31mm diameter air restrictor (compared with 32mm previously). The gear ratios have been optimized to match the new five-speed gearbox which replaces the six-speed 'box used on the 2007 event, while the larger diameter clutch is aimed at enhanced durability.
Meanwhile, the extensive year-long testing program focused primarily on the suspension with the aim of improving maneuvering stability, performance over rough surfaces and ride quality. The program included a three-week test in Morocco in July 2007, during which the team covered 7,600km. The enhanced handling compensates for the slight losses in power and torque, although there is a more than a sufficient margin.
MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION (MPR13)
DAKAR RALLY 2008 (T1 Modified Cross-Country Cars)
OVERALL LENGTH : 4195mm
OVERALL WIDTH : 1990mm
WHEEL BASE : 2775mm
FRONT TRACK : 1750mm
REAR TRACK : 1750mm
ENGINE MODEL : Based on Mivec, 6-cylinder, 24-Valve, DOHC, fixed inlet port, dry-sump oil system
FUEL SYSTEM : ECI multi-point fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT : 3997cc
MAXIMUM OUTPUT : 188kw (255 ps) / 4500 rpm, 412Nm (42.0 kgfm) / 3500rpm
TRANSMISSION : 5-speed Ricardo-type, sequential shift gearbox and mechanical gear selection
4WD SYSTEM: full time, mechanical centre diff lock
FRONT DIFF: Xtrac self-locking differential
REAR DIFF : Xtrac self-locking differential
FRONT : Independent, double wishbones, coil spring and anti-roll bars
REAR : Independent, double wishbones, coil spring and anti-roll bars
DAMPERS : Fully-adjustable BOS dampers (two per wheel) and anti-roll bar system
STEERING : Power-assisted rack and pinion
WHEEL STROKE : 250 mm front and rear
BRAKES : Front and rear: Ventilated Brembo discs with 6-piston Brembo calipers
WHEELS : OZ Racing aluminium 7x16
TYRES : BF Goodrich 235/85 - 16
MINIMUM WEIGHT : 1825 kg
OTHERS: Aeronautic steel multi-tubular frame, Honeycomb body, floor and carbon fiber body
FUEL TANK CAPACITY : 500 litres (competition range around 800 kms - 400 kgs extra weight with full tank)
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