Thursday 13 September 2001
MAKINEN & KLEINSCHMIDT AT FRANKFURT UNVEILINGS
Jutta Kleinschmidt, Rolf Eckrodt, Tommi Makinen
Frankfurt Motor Show
Rolf Eckrodt, COO of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation,
proudly unveiled two new Mitsubishi vehicles to the world's media
at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 11 September 2001, both of which
reflect an exciting new design concept for the Japanese manufacturer.
all-new Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution concept car is a stunning example
of the company's new directive for greater visual emphasis on passion
and enthusiasm, a development philosophy to create a more competitive
and exciting car in anticipation of the new regulations for the legendary
Paris-Dakar Rally. Although the vehicle was heavily influenced by
Frenchman and new chief designer Oliver Boulay, Jutta Kleinschmidt
- the lady who made motorsport history by winning the 2001 Paris-Dakar
Rally in Mitsubishi's Pajero/Montero - participated in its dynamic
and futuristic design. The legendary German driver, who was in attendance
at Frankfurt, currently leads the 2001 FIA World Cup for Cross Country
Rallies in her Pajero/Montero with two events left to contest.
Kleinschmidt unveiled Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero Evolution
Pajero / Montero Evolution
Standing proudly alongside the Pajero Evolution,
was Mitsubishi's first-ever World Rally Car which will make its
debut in the FIA World Rally Championship this October. The Mitsubishi
Lancer Evolution World Rally Car also marks a change in policy that
was outlined by Rolf Eckrodt at the show and, while it remains faithful
to its production origins, it is a purpose-built competition car
that takes full advantage of the possibilities offered by the World
Rally Car rules and allows Mitsubishi to compete on equal terms.
Makinen compete with Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Playstation
Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart driver Tommi Makinen,
fresh from the team's latest asphalt test in France, was also in
attendance to mark the occasion. The Finnish four-times World Champion,
who currently leads the FIA World Rally Championship for drivers,
is not only looking to claim his fifth title this season with the
new World Rally Car, but also shares Mitsubishi's dreams of maintaining
its lead in the all-important Manufacturers' Championship and bringing
home a second makes crown at the end of a long and gruelling season
covering four continents.
With the formal proceedings to the world's motoring and motorsport
media completed, both Makinen and Kleinschmidt demonstrated their
prowess behind the wheel, but on this occasion competing on the
Playstation version of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution!
Motorshow, September 12th :
Paris-Dakar Rally organizer Hurbert Auriol voiced his condolences
regarding the recent death of Mitsubsihi Team Director Ullich Brehemer
at the show's Mitsubishi booth.