The 2022 Asian Cross-Country Rally (AXCR) has commenced, and so far, one of the fastest vehicles in the said race is the Mitsubishi Ralliart team’s Mitsubishi Strada. Specifically, two of the team’s Stradas posted an identical time of two minutes and eleven seconds (0:02:11) on the Special Stage (SS1) held on November 21, 2022.
Mitsubishi Ralliart team's Strada at the LEG1/SS2 (203.50km) of the 2022 AXCR
For those unfamiliar with rally racing, it is broken down in several stages. The special stage in the AXCR determines the competitor’s positions in the starting grid. With that recorded time, Mitsubishi Ralliart is placed in the fifth and sixth positions in their class.
A third Strada unit under the Mitsubishi Ralliart team also managed a time of two minutes and 21 seconds (0:02:21). This entry in turn, has managed to get the 15th position on the grid.
On the Special Stage 2 held on November 22, 2022, the Mitsubishi Strada started fifth, but eventually finished in first place. It posted a time of two hours and fifty minutes (2:50:18).
The Strada did swimmingly well at the 2022 AXCR's Special Stage 2
Special Stage 2, or SS2, is considered the most grueling part of AXCR as it consists of a 203.50 kilometer course from Khonburi to Nong bon in Thailand. The said Strada that finished first was car #105 driven by Chayapon Yotha. The other Strada, car #118 driven by Rifat Helmy Sungkar, finished sixth in SS2.
Speaking of the ACXR classes, all three Mitsubishi Strada units belong under the Group T1 Modified Cross-Country class. The fastest vehicle in the same class is the Isuzu D-Max, specifically the one driven by the Isuzu Suphan Explorer Rally Team with a posted time of two minutes and three seconds (0:02:03).
Other classes include Group T2 which are the Series Cross Country Cars, T2 or non-homologated Series Cross Country Cars, T3 or Improved Cross-Country Cars, and T4 or the small truck class (2-ton trucks).
These trucks and the team have proven that they have what it takes to win
If you want to see how the Mitsubishi Ralliart team performs, as well as get more updates concerning the 2022 AXCR, keep it here on Philkotse.
Know more about Mitsubishi Strada 2023
The Mitsubishi Strada 2023 is a midsize, body-on-frame pickup truck currently available in the Philippine market, and locally, it's passenger non-commercial models are available in six variants. The Mitsubishi Strada's price then ranges from Php 1,320,000 to Php 1,827,000, with the Strada GLS 2.4 4x2 MT as the entry-level trim, and the Strada Athlete 2.4 4x4 AT as the top-spec variant.
Powering the all trims of the Philippine-spec Strada is a 2.4-liter turbodiesel inline-4 engine that's capable of making up to 179 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque. There are two available transmissions for this truck model: a five-speed manual gearbox, and a six-speed automatic tranny. Only the Strada GLS MT and the Strada Athlete comes with a 4x4 drivetrain. The rest meanwhile, uses a 4x2 drivetrain.
Competing against the Mitsubishi Strada in the Philippines is the Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50, Isuzu D-Max, Nissan Navara, among others.
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