The Paris-Dakar Rally runs each year from France to Africa, across deserts and extreme rough terrain. Cars built for it need to have a rugged 4WD, loads of space for supplies, but most of all they have to be fast and reliable. Mitsubishi launched their Pajero Evo in 1997 to compete in the rally and immediately scored a 1-2-3 win, proving it wasn't a fluke by doing the same in 1998. The Pajero uses a very strong ladder frame chassis with thick crossmembers, and up front features a double wishbones independent, while at the rear a live axle sits on coil springs. The 4WD system can switch to 2WD at speeds up to 60mph (96km/h). The 215ci (3.5-liter) all-alloy engine has four valves per cylinder and uses Mitsubishi's MIVEC system which electronically changes the valve timing. The huge fenders came from the rally-winning machine and covered 10-inch (254mm) wide tyres.
Mitsubishi Pajero Evo Specifications
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