Sunday, February 8, 2009

Mitsubishi Motors to withdraw from Dakar Rally

2009 may not be a great year for motor racing industry. Number of car manufacturers have withdrawn from motorsports e.g. Honda in F1, Subaru in WRC and now Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced today their decision to withdraw from Cross Country Rallying, starting with the legendary Dakar Rally recently. In its 26 entries in this event, Mitsubishi Motors won the rally a total of 12 times, including seven consecutive victories. In addition to this unparalleled record the company also gained 4WD technology that informs its production vehicles, most visible in their durability and off road performance.

The sudden deterioration of the global economy made it necessary for the company to focus its resources more tightly, leading to such decision.

The last special built Mitsubishi 4WD that raced in recent Dakar Rally held in Argentina & Chile - called Racing Lancer. Unfortunately failed to make it to make it 8 consecutive victories.

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