Traditionally, leading teams compete in buggies specifically built for off road competition, featuring high-powered, V8 petrol engines, lightweight tubular construction and highly developed suspension units.
This year Mitsubishi Motors UK and its driver, Colin Read, intend to change all this, by proving that in the right hands a standard production Shogun Warrior powered by Mitsubishi’s highly acclaimed 3.2 D-ID turbo diesel engine, can be more than a match for the hybrid machines. The Shogun’s transmission will also provide Read with a distinct advantage, its MASTC (Mitsubishi Active Stability and Traction Control) and Super Select four-wheel-drive systems ensuring maximum grip at all times.
To assist in the quest to become British Off Road Champions, Read’s Shogun has been equipped with uprated competition suspension to enable it to cope with the demanding conditions. The engine also benefits from a modified ECU, providing a 15% increase in power output. In addition and in order to comply with motor sport regulations, the Mitsubishi has been fitted with a roll cage, fire extinguishers, competition seats, full harness belts and a number of other safety features.
Read, together with his co-driver Chris Eade, both from Marlborough in Wiltshire, are no strangers to the British Off Road Championship, having campaigned a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin for the past two years, during which time they dominated the class for Standard Production Cars.
With the new Shogun Warrior, Read sees an opportunity, not only for continued success in the production classes, but a real chance to challenge for overall honours as well:
"Over the past two years I feel we have proved that a well built standard car can be a match for any of the specialist machines. I think the new Shogun will put us on another level and I’m really looking forward to proving how competitive we can be this year."
The 2004 Goodyear British Off Road Championship splits each of its five events into two rounds, one on Saturday and one on Sunday:
|Rounds 1 & 2:||17th & 18th April||Radnor, Wales|
|Rounds 3 & 4:||5th & 6th June||Ellesmere, Shropshire|
|Rounds 5 & 6:||24th & 25th July||Kinross, Scotland|
|Rounds 7 & 8:||11th & 12th September||Tunbridge Wells, Kent|
|Rounds 9 & 10:||23rd & 24th October||Driffield, Yorkshire|
The Mitsubishi Motors UK British Off Road Championship Campaign is supported by: PIAA, Speedline Wheels, Shell Racing Fuels and Helix Autosport.Published 14 April 2004