Mitsubishi has scrapped its cross-country rally programme and has withdrawn from the Dakar Series, citing the global economic slowdown as the reason
The decision means it won’t contest next year’s Dakar marathon rally/raid, an event it has competed in 26 times, scoring 12 wins.
Mitsubishi says competing in the Dakar – originally the Paris-Dakar before political unrest in North Africa saw the even switch to South America this year – helped it develop its 4WD technology.
In a statement released today, Mitsubishi said: “the sudden deterioration of the global economy made it necessary for the company to focus its resources more tightly.
“And for this reason the decision was taken to withdraw its Mitsubishi Motorsports works team from all cross-country competitions.”