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After an 11-year break, Ralliart is finally back. For their first act, Mitsubishi Ralliart will be participating as a semi-factory team in the upcoming Asia Cross Country Rally (AXCR) with three rally-prepped Triton trucks – and they were so excited about it, they flew us over to Thailand to check out the cars first-hand at their second endurance test.
While it might look like a whole different beast, Ralliart’s Triton rally-truck is actually just a lightly-modified version of the Triton you see on our Malaysian roads. Sure, it’s got rally-bred long-travel shock absorbers, bigger all-terrain tyres, and racing brakes, but the majority of its powertrain and chassis is actually nearly identical to the regular road-going Triton.
That includes the powertrain, with the 2.4-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine only getting a slight engine remap and some light modifications to reduce friction and improve power delivery – even the crankshaft and pistons are left as-is, so is the 181 hp and 430 Nm output.
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The rally Tritons also still feature Mitsubishi’s signature SuperSelect II AWD system, but to aid with traction on the loose surfaces, the company has added a pair of Cusco limited-slip differentials to the drivetrain.
The main focus on the truck’s modifications, according to Mitsubishi, are to reduce its weight, since it already has outstanding handling performance and reliability (their words). To that end, the door panels and bonnet are replaced with carbon fibre parts, the interior stripped, and the wheels switched out with lightweight 17-inch units.
The full details about Mitsubishi Ralliart’s AXCR entry – including the modifications – can be found at our earlier write-up here. Be sure to check out the video above to see the Triton rally truck in action!
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