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Photo of the day: Mitsubishi heads to Dakar

Eclipse Cross gets a shot at the toughest rally out there

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

Gutierrez and Huete have raced (and finished) the Dakar before, but this is the Eclipse’s first outing. It uses a steel spaceframe chassis clad with carbon body panels, serious suspension with two Öhlins Racing dampers per corner and permanent all-wheel drive with locking centre, front and rear differentials. The brakes are AP Racing, and power comes from a 340bhp, 506lb ft turbodiesel running through a six-speed sequential gearbox. We think it’s safe to say it has about as much to do with the normal Eclipse Cross as a thatched cottage.

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