Could this give Mitsubishi its 13th Dakar Rally victory?

The Eclipse Cross T1 Prototype will contest the 5,000km race in January
by Tom Harrison | Dec 13, 2018

Say hello to Mitsubishi’s entry to the 2019 Dakar Rally. The Eclipse Cross T1 Prototype will be driven by Spaniards Cristina Gutierrez and Pablo Huete in the grueling 5,000km, 10-stage event that takes place in January.

Gutierrez and Huete have raced (and finished) the Dakar before, but this is the Eclipse’s first outing. It uses a steel space-frame chassis clad with carbon body panels, serious suspension with two Öhlins Racing dampers per corner, and permanent all-wheel drive with locking center, front, and rear differentials.

The brakes are AP Racing, and power comes from a 340hp685Nm turbodiesel running through a six-speed sequential gearbox. We think it’s safe to say the T1 Prototype has about as much to do with the normal Eclipse Cross as a thatched cottage.

Mitsubishi has won the Dakar Rally 12 times. Will 2019 bring lucky number 13?

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