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Mitsubishi Will Compete in 2020 Rebelle Rally

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Team Record The Journey's Eclipse Cross. 2020 Rebelle Rally
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for the 2019 Rebelle Rally
Photo: Mitsubishi Motors

In the 2019 Rebelle Rally, Mitsubishi partnered with the military veterans’ nonprofit Record the Journey and earned a commendable second place. Now, Mitsubishi has announced that it will be partnering up with Record the Journey again for the 2020 Rebelle Rally and will the first team to utilize a plug-in hybrid vehicle.

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A look back at the 2019 Rebelle Rally

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for Rebelle Rally. 2020 Rebelle Rally
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for the 2019 Rebelle Rally
Photo: Mitsubishi Motors

For last year’s competition, Team Record the Journey included 31-year U.S. combat veteran Rachael Ridenour and seven-year U.S. Air Force veteran Karah Behrend. Behrend made history as the first adaptive-athlete driver to both compete in and finish the Rebelle Rally. The team rode in a modified Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and received the 2019 Rebelle Rally Team Spirit Award as well as achieved second place.

What to expect for this year’s event

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the desert. 2020 Rebelle Rally
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the desert
Photo: Mitsubishi Motors

As the first U.S. all-women’s off-road navigational rally raid, the Rebelle Rally is an exciting event. For 2020, it will take place over the course of 10 days and across 2,000 km from Lake Tahoe, California, to the Imperial Dunes of Glamis. Organizers of the event will also be allowing electrified vehicles to compete for the first time.

Ridenour will once again be leading Team Record the Journey and is currently looking for a driver to accompany her. They will be riding in the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and attempt to be the first to reach the finish in an electrified vehicle.

The Outlander PHEV utilizes all-electric power for zero-emission driving and has an all-electric range of 22 miles. When you need to charge the battery, you can do so in just 25 minutes with DC Fast Charging. In difficult driving situations, such as when climbing a steep hill, the SUV runs on gasoline power, utilizing the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

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You can cheer on Team Record the Journey as they compete in the 2020 Rebelle Rally on Oct. 8-17. If last year is any indication, they will be an impressive team to watch.