Mitsubishi vies with VW in Paris-to-Dakar

The Paris-to-Dakar rally is being run right now and, in the car division, Mitsubishi Pajeros are duking it out with Volkswagen Touaregs on a daily basis.

Team Repsol's Mitsubishi Pajero blasts through the desert.

The Paris-to-Dakar rally is being run right now and, in the car division, Mitsubishi Pajeros are duking it out with Volkswagen Touaregs on a daily basis. As of the 10th stage of the rally, Team Repsol, with drivers Stephane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret, had taken the overall lead with their specially modified Mitsubishi Pajero Evo. The car uses its original MIVEC six-cylinder engine, with extensive modification, and a six-speed sequential gearbox. The dashboard holds a ruggedized navigation system with special trip computers to help the driving team stay on course and on time. Among the 110 entrants in the car division, the Mitsubishi Pajero is a popular choice, having secured six previous Dakar wins. But Volkswagen is proving itself in the rally, with 4 teams driving Touaregs currently in the top 12. The individual 10th stage was won by a team in a BMW X3.

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