Mitsubishi pulls out of Dakar Rally… for good

Mitsubishi pulls out of Dakar Rally… for good

Mitsubishi Dakar Rally

Mitsubishi joins the list of car-makers like Honda, Audi, Porsche, Suzuki and Subaru in pulling out of some form of motorsports because of the global economic crisis. Neither the Mitsubishi Pajeros that won the Dakar Rally twelve times in total (out of 26 attempts), or the diesel Racing Lancer that earned a seventh place in this year’s race, will be seen pounding the sands again any time soon.

The Japanese automaker has ended its factory efforts in order to focus on its core business. Having stamped its authority all over the Dakar after seven consecutive Dakar victories, its presence will be missed come 2010, and will leave a gap for a new champion to fill.

Mitsubishi Dakar Rally

Mitsubishi joins the list of car-makers like Honda, Audi, Porsche, Suzuki and Subaru in pulling out of some form of motorsports because of the global economic crisis. Neither the Mitsubishi Pajeros that won the Dakar Rally twelve times in total (out of 26 attempts), or the diesel Racing Lancer that earned a seventh place in this year’s race, will be seen pounding the sands again any time soon.

The Japanese automaker has ended its factory efforts in order to focus on its core business. Having stamped its authority all over the Dakar after seven consecutive Dakar victories, its presence will be missed come 2010, and will leave a gap for a new champion to fill.

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