Mitsubishi’s new Lancer rally contender has swopped its traditional 2-litre petrol engine for turbodiesel V6 power.Keeping the tri-diamond at the top of the podiumAiming to continue its inevitable reputation as the dominant Dakar Rally manufacturer, Mitsubishi’s Ralliart team will be competing inaugural Dakar Series; the FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup and the FIA International Cup for Cross-Country Bajas with the tried and tested Pajero Evolution. Ralliart is also developing the new ‘’Racing Lancer’’ with the clear objective of winning the 2009 Dakar.The new Lancer employs a 3-litre, V6 turbodiesel engine which has already seen success in the Pajero Evolution racing range. In plain development black finish we think it looks awesome, especially the LED embedded front headlights. Hiroshi Masuoka has competed twice with the turbocharged Pajero Evolution and is enthusiastic about the newcomer's potential. "The diesel version is overwhelmingly easy to drive thanks to its tremendous torque which is available over an even broader rev-band.”“It outperforms the petrol-powered car in terms of controllability over challenging terrain, as well as when accelerating out of corners and along high-speed straights. With the right set-up it would be comfortably faster."Whopping V6 diesel powerA new engine compartment layout has been developed for the Lancer, ensuring better cooling for both engine and auxiliary components. Technical improvements to the turbocharger have produced improved response at low revs, as well as more power at high engine speeds, and reliability has also been enhanced. The 3-litre V6 engine produces 191kW and 600Nm.The Racing Lancer is undergo testing in Morocco, covering 8 000km of forbidding shale and desert terrain.Following its extensive development program, the Racing Lancer makes its official debut in round six (Portugal) of the 2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup through the end of October into November. The car will be in the hands of Stéphane Peterhansel, the Dakar's most successful competitor with a total of nine outright wins.