Outlander PHEV to Run 2014 Australasian Safari
Not only is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV already racking up awards for its green tech innovation, affordability, and utility, but it’s also gearing up to take on the outback in one week’s time at the 2014 Australasian Safari.
Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Australia will be entering their Outlander PHEV into the Safari, which begins September 19 and runs through September 27. It will take its place in history as the first plug-in hybrid four-wheel drive vehicle entered in an Australian motorsport event ever.
Since launching in 2012, the Outlander PHEV has participated in two other international off-road rallies. It first participated in the 2013 and 2014 runnings of the Asia Cross Country Rally, which runs all the way from Thailand to Cambodia.
In the 2014 Australasian Safari, the TMR Australia Outlander PHEV will be driven by the team of Steve Glenney and his co-driver Bernie Webb.
“The Outlander PHEV showcases the latest Mitsubishi hybrid and four-wheel drive technology, making it an ideal platform for an entry in the Australasian Safari,” said TMR Australia Outlander PHEV Safari Team Principal Alan Heaphy.
“From our long-term experience working with Mitsubishi products, the quality of engineering and technology is a good match for motorsport, and we’re looking forward to proving the Outlander PHEV’s durability and technology in genuine off-road conditions.”
To help the Outlander PHEV endure, TMR Australia outfitted it with extra underbody and frontal protection, reinforced suspension arms and strut towers, competition brake pads, and rally tires and springs with adjustable dampers.
The 2014 Australasian Safari will cover more than 2,500 kilometers of rugged terrain, and Mitsubishi feels that its innovative PHEV is more than fit for the challenge.