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Baja Portalegre: Peterhansel premieres new Mitsubishi Racing Lancer.

At the beginning of this month the new Mitsubishi Racing Lancer was officially presented in Paris. When the Baja Portalegre begins this Friday, the new turbo-charged car prepared by the Repsol Misubishi Ralliart team will make its official competition debut - in the sixth round of the FIA Cross Country Cup 2008. St├ęphane Peterhansel, winner of the Dakar nine times, is the driver responsible for giving it its official "christening" before leaving alongside three other Racing Lancers bound for the race that it was created for, the Dakar 2009 that starts next January 3rd in Buenos Aires.

The development of the turbo-charged engine began in April 2006 and went on until June last year when the first tests in the Montero Evolution were done. Two months later the rest of the car began to be developed, and was completed in June this year. After carrying out different tests, in both France and Spain as well as in Morocco, the moment has arrived for it to tried out in competition. It uses the latest technology and allows Repsol to continue with its development of biodiesel from sources that are not apt for human consumption.

Designed on the template of the Lancer Sportback, the power source is a V-six three litre turbo-charged diesel engine. The car itself is built around a new multi-tubular steel chassis whose principal aim was to be as light as possible but at the same time increase the space available inside the cabin, the latter achieved by lengthening the wheelbase (a modification in agreement with the new regulations that will come into effect in 2010). This has also allowed the fuel tank to be lowered, and consequently the car`s centre of gravity.

The countdown to the Dakar 2009 is relentless and the Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart team is already prepared for the challenge of competing on a different continent and so the Baja Portalegre will be the full dress rehearsal for the new Mitsubishi Racing Lancer.

2008/10/31 | 08:41 CET | Editor: MR/HS/Repsol

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