Kinetic suspension kit for Mitsubishi Pajero Evo

Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports has developed a new kinetic/hydraulic anti-roll bar system for its latest rally-raid Pajero Evo. Technical director Thierry Viardot commented: "This system is similar to the one used so successfully by Citroën in the WRC. It improves cornering stability and makes the Evolution handle more like a WRC car. It's useful on twisty, narrow special stages, but its strength is its adaptability on bumpy tracks and in sand holes."

Kinetic suspension kit for Mitsubishi Pajero Evo

The system, which has been tested extensively in Morocco and was used for the first time on the UAE Desert Challenge recently, was developed in MMSP's German HQ by Viardot with MMSP operations engineer Bernard Lindauer, chief engineer Max Felter and engineer Mathieu Parent. It will be fitted to each of the four factory entries on the 2004 Dakar event, which will start on January 1.

MMSP has completed a transition from a 3.5-litre V6 to a 4.0-litre V6, built and developed in Japan, for its 2004 rally-raid programme, retaining a six-speed Xtrac sequential-shift gearbox. The Morocco test was primarily used to improve engine, transmission and differential cooling systems.

MMSP now uses Brembo brakes on all its cars and this contract extends to the new 2004 WRC programme.

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