Upgraded Mitsubishi Triton to compete at 2024 AXCR

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Mitsubishi Triton AXCR

Team Mitsubishi Ralliart will compete with four upgraded Triton pickup trucks for the upcoming 2024 Asia Cross Country Rally (AXCR). 

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  • What upgrades did Mitsubishi give the 2024 AXCR Triton pickup trucks?

    Mitsubishi gave the 2024 AXCR Triton pickup trucks a new racing transmission, a rigid/four-link coil spring suspension, and tires with increased tread sizes.
  • How much power can the 2024 AXCR Mitsubishi Triton make?

    Per Mitsubishi, the 2024 AXCR Triton pickup truck entries can make up to 201 hp or more.
  • According to Mitsubishi, the 2024 AXCR-going Triton trucks get mechanical updates like a new racing transmission with a high torque capacity, a rigid/four-link coil spring setup (previously rigid/leaf springs), and tires with increased tread sizes.

    Per the Japanese automaker, these improvements are meant to enhance the Mitsubishi Triton’s durability and maneuverability, as well as its ability to absorb major shocks on rough roads and improve its traction on extremely bumpy road surfaces. 

    mitsu triton 1 Photo from Mitsubishi

    The aforementioned upgrades allowed the Mitsubishi Triton’s driving performance to be “greatly increased to enable it to compete against vehicles with high-displacement engines in high-speed stages.” 

    Below is the spec sheet of the Mitsubishi Triton that will compete in 2024 AXCR: 

    Dimensions (length and width) 

    5,320 x 1,995 millimeters (mm)

    Wheelbase

    3,130 mm

    Tread (front and rear) 

    1,730 mm

    Engine

    4N16 (intercooled turbocharger)

    Fuel injector

    High-pressure common-rail direct injection

    Displacement

    2,439 cubic centimeters

    Turbocharger

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine and Turbocharger

    Maximum output

    Around 201 horsepower

    Maximum torque

    around 470 Newton-meters

    Exhaust system

    HKS AXCR 2024 Competition Model

    Transmission

    Six-speed sequential transmission with Moty’s gear oil

    Four-wheel-drive system

    Full-time four-wheel-drive

    Differential

    CUSCO front and rear limited-slip differential

    Front suspension

    Independent double-wishbone with coil springs

    Rear suspension

    Rigid/four-link coil spring

    Shock absorbers

    CUSCO adjustable front and rear twin dampers

    Brakes

    Endless ventilated discs with monobloc brake calipers and pads, Fortec racing brake fluid

    Wheels  

    WORK aluminum alloy wheels (17-inch x 7J)

    Tires

    Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 (245/75R17)

    Other features

    Carbon fiber front fenders, carbon fiber front and rear door panels, carbon fiber cargo outer panel

    “Last year, we tried for a second consecutive victory with the all-new Triton, which had just gone on sale, but we were unable to bring out its full potential, ending in third place,” Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Director Hiroshi Masuoka said. 

    “With this year’s Triton, we have made major improvements primarily to driving performance and rough road handling, further enhancing our four-vehicle team as we aim to reclaim our position as champions,” he explained. 

    In June, Team Mitsubishi Ralliart organized an 800-kilometer, seven-day, high-stress endurance test for the Triton rally cars on an off-road course near Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. 

    There, it put the reliability and durability of the rally trucks’ bodies, chassis, and engines to the test. 

    Team Mitsubishi Ralliart 2024 AXCR driver lineup 

    For 2024, Team Mitsubishi Ralliart will once again rely on the skills of AXCR 2022 champions Chayapon Yotha and Peerapong Sombutwong. The two will be joined by Katsuhiko Taguchi and Takahiro Yasui — AXCR 2023 eight-place finishers. 

    Also sharing the cockpit of a Mitsubishi Triton are Sakchai Hantrakul and Jumpol Doungthip as well as Kazuto Koide (Mitsubishi Motors’ test driver) and Eiji Chiba (co-driver). 

    Mitsubishi Triton AXCR driver lineup Photo from Mitsubishi

    “This year’s drivers will also include Kazuto Koide, a test driver who I have worked with in developing Mitsubishi vehicles for over two decades. At Mitsubishi Motors, we leverage our experience in grueling motorsports for vehicle development, so I hope to pass on this tradition to the next generation,” Masuoka noted. 

    Team Mitsubishi Ralliart is owned by Tant Sport. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation provides technical support for the team. 

    The 2024 AXCR is scheduled from August 11-17, 2024. 

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