A 350-horsepower rally car made from a Mitsubishi compact van

A 350-horsepower rally car made from a Mitsubishi compact van

September 8, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The Mitsubishi office in Indonesia, together with the Team Ralliart New Zealand racing team, have built a rally version of the Mitsubishi Xpander compact van. The car will compete in the local AP4 series.

To reduce the weight of the car, instead of seven seats, the creators installed two racing seats with 6-point belts. In addition, the car has got a lightweight roll cage, suspension with adjustable shock absorbers and a hydraulic parking brake. Along with this, the rally car received widened wheel arches and an aerodynamic body kit, in particular, an oversized rear spoiler.

The car for the rally received a 4-cylinder petrol turbo engine from the Lancer Evolution X. At the same time, the engine displacement was reduced from 2.0 to 1.6 liters to comply with the technical regulations of the competition. The capacity of the unit is 350 hp. (556 Nm). Together with the engine, a 6-speed sequential gearbox and a permanent all-wheel drive system function.

It is worth mentioning that the standard Xpander is powered by a 105-horsepower 1.5-liter power unit. The engine of a front-wheel drive car is combined with a 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-range automatic transmission.