Team Nisseki Mitsubishi Ralliart to take part in Year 2000 Paris - Dakar - Cairo

Ralliart Inc. (President, Rakuzo Mitamura) has announced a two-car team entry in "The Year 2000 Paris - Dakar - Cairo" event that will be held in January next year, the official team name being "Team Nisseki Mitsubishi Ralliart".

Veteran champion Kenjiro Shinozuka will drive a Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero and will compete in the T2 improved cross country cars category. Team mate, Hiroshi Masuoka, will also drive a Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero in the same category in a two-car attempt at winning this history-making event.

Mitsubishi Pajeros/Monteros have taken part in every "Paris - Dakar" since 1983 and have had considerable success over the years. 1997, 1998 saw them post two outright victories and these two wins mean that Pajeros/Monteros have scored a total of five wins in this, "the worlds toughest motorsport event".

The Year 2000 Paris - Dakar - Cairo will be the 22nd time the event has been held and will start in Paris, France with scrutineering of vehicles on the 27th and 28th of December, 1999. All entries will then be transported by ferry to Dakar, Senegal. Next year, on the 6th of January, 2000, the vehicles will start from Dakar on a course that will, for the first time in the event's history, traverse the African Continent from West to East, finishing in Cairo, Egypt on the 23rd of January.

Team Nisseki Mitsubishi Ralliart
Car : Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero T2
Driver : Kenjiro Shinozuka (Japan)
Co-driver : Dominique Serieys (France)

Car : Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution T2
Driver : Hiroshi Masuoka (Japan)
Co-driver : Andreas Schulz (Germany)

Mitsubishi Pajero T2 (Improved cross country cars category) MAIN SPECIFICATIONS
Length : 4,110 mm
Width : 1,955 mm
Wheelbase : 2,545 mm
Weight : 1,750 kg
Body : Steal + Carbon Kebler
Engine : Type 6G74 V6 DOHC 24-valve MIVEC (Fitted with a 32 mm restrictor)
Bore / stroke : 93.0 x 85.8 mm
Displacement : 3,497 cc
Maximum power : 260 ps / 6,000 rpm
Maximum torque : 36 kgm / 3,500 rpm
Transmission : manual 6-speed gearbox
Suspension : Front double wishbone with coil springs. Rear double wishbone with coil springs
Steering : rack & pinion power steering
Break : ventilated discs + 4-pot caliper
Tyre : Michelin 18 / 80-16
Fuel capacity : 470 litre
Maximum speed : 180 km/h

2000 Paris - Dakar - Cairo (September.1999, Released by T.S.O.)
Itinerary : 27th - 28th December, 1999 Scrutineering Paris, France
6th January, 2000 Start of Rally Dakar, Senegal
23rd January, 2000 Finish of Rally Cairo, Egypt

Country : France, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Libya, Egypt

Details regarding the Mitsubishi Team's participation in the 2000 Dakar to Cairo Rally will be announced in the middle of December 1999.