Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Takes on Asia Cross Country Rally 2024 with Four All-New Triton Rally Cars

BANGKOK – July 5, 2024: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (hereafter, Mitsubishi Motors) has announced that Team Mitsubishi Ralliart, for which the company provides technical support, will be competing in the Asia Cross Country Rally (hereafter, AXCR) scheduled for August 11 to 17 of this year. The team will be competing with four all-new Tritons in AXCR 2024, which will be held in southern and central Thailand. 


This will be the third year that Team Mitsubishi Ralliart takes on the challenges of the AXCR with the Triton pickup truck. The first year, it claimed an overall victory, and the second year, the team switched to a new model and came in third place overall. In both rallies, the Triton demonstrated a high level of durability and exceptional maneuverability and road handling on rough roads. This year, the Triton's driving performance has been significantly increased, and the team will be aiming for another overall victory, its first in two years.


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Team Mitsubishi Ralliart is owned by Tant Sport (Thailand) and helmed by Hiroshi Masuoka, a team director from Mitsubishi Motors who claimed two consecutive victories in the Dakar Rally. Mitsubishi Motors engineers will develop the rally cars and accompany the team to provide technical support during the competition. 


As with last year, the drivers and co-drivers will be Chayapon Yotha (Thailand) and Peerapong Sombutwong (Thailand), who took the overall victory in AXCR 2022, and Japanese duo Katsuhiko Taguchi and Takahiro Yasui, who came in eighth place, the highest of any team of Japanese drivers, in the AXCR 2023. They will be joined by the team of Sakchai Hantrakul (Thailand) and Jumpol Doungthip (Thailand), highly experienced rally drivers with a deep knowledge of Mitsubishi vehicles, and Mitsubishi Motors’ test driver Kazuto Koide (Japan), and co-driver Eiji Chiba (Japan), who has achieved a podium finish in the past AXCR. Together, the team will be aiming to claim the championship with the T1 prototype, a modified cross-country model, of the all-new Triton.


Reflecting on last year's results, the Triton's driving performance has been greatly increased to enable it to compete against vehicles with high-displacement engines in high-speed stages. A new racing transmission with a high torque capacity has also been selected to improve both durability and maneuverability. Further, the tread size has been increased, and the rear suspension has been switched from rigid/leaf springs to rigid/4-link coil springs. This will allow the vehicle to absorb major shocks on rough roads and improve its traction on extremely bumpy road surfaces, significantly enhancing its road handling on rough roads.


From June 21 to 27, Team Mitsubishi Ralliart conducted high-stress endurance tests of the Triton rally cars, envisioning actual rally conditions, on an off-road course near Khao Yai National Park in Thailand. The reliability and durability of the rally cars' bodies, chassis, and engines, which acceleration performance has been further improved, were confirmed by driving roughly 800 kilometers (km) over the course of the seven-day endurance test, and adjustments were made in preparation for the actual competition.


"Last year, we tried for a second consecutive victory with the all-new Triton, which had just gone on sale, but we were unable to bring out its full potential, ending in third place," said Hiroshi Masuoka, team director of Team Mitsubishi Ralliart. "With this year's Triton, we have made major improvements primarily to driving performance and rough road handling, further enhancing our four-vehicle team as we aim to reclaim our position as champions. This year's drivers will also include Kazuto Koide, a test driver who I have worked with in developing Mitsubishi vehicles for over two decades. At Mitsubishi Motors, we leverage our experience in grueling motor sports for vehicle development, so I hope to pass on this tradition to the next generation."


Profile of Team Mitsubishi Ralliart

Team Director: Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi Motors) 

Team Principal: Chayut Yangpichit (Tant Sport) 

Technical Director: Kopong Amatayakul (Tant Sport) 

Technical Support (body, chassis): Noriyoshi Aiba (Mitsubishi Motors) 

Technical Support (engine): Tetsuya Makita, Masataka Tsuiki (Mitsubishi Motors) 


Drivers and co-drivers: 

Chayapon Yotha 

From: Udon Thani Province, Thailand 

Born: August 16, 1987 (36) 

Career: Chayapon Yotha competes in numerous rallies and races in Thailand. He led Team Mitsubishi Ralliart to its first victory when it competed in the AXCR for the first time in 2022 and took third place in last year's competition. 

Co-driver: Peerapong Sombutwong (Thailand) 


Katsuhiko Taguchi 

From: Okayama Prefecture, Japan 

Born: February 7, 1972 (52) 

Career: In 2007, Katsuhiko Taguchi won the Rally Japan in Group N. He has also competed overseas, winning the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) twice. 

Co-driver: Takahiro Yasui (Japan) 


Sakchai Hantrakul 

From: Chiang Mai, Thailand 

Born: November 29, 1962 (61) 

Career: Sakchai Hantrakul has over 30 years of rally experience, and he is well-versed with Mitsubishi vehicles, with a track record that includes driving the Mitsubishi Pajero in the 1996 Dakar Rally. 

Co-driver: Jumpol Doungthip (Thailand) 


Kazuto Koide 

From: Aichi Prefecture, Japan 

Born: June 19, 1979 (45) 

Career: Kazuto Koide joined Mitsubishi Motors in April 1998. As a Mitsubishi test driver, he has experience driving vehicles such as the Pajero and the Lancer Evolution. He also now serves as a driving instructor for Mitsubishi Motors employees and a demonstration driver at events in Japan and abroad. 

Co-driver: Eiji Chiba (Japan) 

Triton rally car 


Overall length x overall width 

5,320 mm x 1,995 mm 


3,130 mm 

Tread (front/rear)              

1,730 mm 


4N16 (intercooled turbocharger) 

Fuel injector 

High-pressure common-rail direct injection diesel 


2,439 cc 


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine & Turbocharger 

Maximum output 

150 kW or more 

Maximum torque 

470 Nm or more 

Exhaust system 

HKS AXCR 2024 Competition Model 


6-speed sequential transmission 

Moty’s gear oil 

4WD system 

Full-time 4WD 


CUSCO front and rear LSD 

Front suspension 

Independent double-wishbone with coil springs 

Rear suspension 

Rigid/4-link coil spring 

Shock absorbers 

CUSCO adjustable front and rear twin dampers 

Bump stops 



Rack and pinion with power assist 


ENDLESS ventilated discs with monoblock brake calipers and pads, FORTEC racing brake fluid 


WORK aluminum alloy wheels (17-inch x 7J) 


Yokohama GEOLANDAR M/T G003 (245/75R17) 

Other features 

Carbon fiber front fenders 

Carbon fiber front and rear door panels 
Carbon fiber cargo outer panel 


Partners (in alphabetical order, current as of July 4, 2024) 


Team Mitsubishi Ralliart will compete in AXCR 2024 with the support of the following partners. 





Support for development and supply of front & rear suspension and front & rear LSD 


Activity support 


Supply of brake calipers, rotors and pads 

ENEOS Corporation 

Supply of engine oil 

Fortec Motorsport Ltd 

Supply of racing coolant, brake fluid 


Activity support 

HKS Co., Ltd. 

Support for development of rally engine 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine & Turbocharger, Ltd. 

Supply of turbochargers 

Mitsubishi Motors Dealers Association 

Activity support 

TPR Co., Ltd. 

Supply of piston rings, activity support 

TriboJapan Co., Ltd. 

Supply of gear oil 

Work Co., Ltd. 

Supply of alloy wheels (CRAG T-GRABIC II) 

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. 

Supply of GEOLANDAR M/T G003 mud terrain tires 



Overview of AXCR 2024 


AXCR is the ASEAN region's largest cross-country rally. This year's rally, the 29th in its history, will begin with a ceremonial start held in Surat Thani, on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand in the south of Thailand, on August 11th. The competition will begin the next day, on the 12th. The course has been changed since its initial announcement, and after starting, it will work its way up the border between Thailand and Myanmar, on the Thailand side. It will pass through Hua Hin District, a resort area famous as being a vacation destination of the Thai royal family. On the 17th, the rally will finish in Kanchanaburi, located roughly 130 km west of Bangkok. Covering approximately 2,400 km, over 1,000 km of which will be special stages, the course this year is expected to be even more grueling than ever, with a wide range of terrain such as mountains, jungle, and river crossings that will demand exceptional road handling, durability, and, this year in particular, speed. 

About Mitsubishi Motors Thailand (MMTh) 

Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the largest plant in the MMC group and an export hub to more than 120 countries, is one of Thailand’s leading automotive manufacturers committed to produce and sell a range of vehicles that are eco-friendly, high in quality, performance, safety, comfort, technology, and customer satisfaction. In 2018, MMTH officially opened Education Academy in Pathum Thani and celebrated a total production of six million units at the beginning of 2021. MMTh’s current range of vehicles includes MITSUBISHI TRITON, MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT, MITSUBISHI ATTRAGE, MITSUBISHI MIRAGE, MITSUBISHI XPANDER, MITSUBISHI XPANDER CROSS and MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV. To ensure the highest quality, MMTh uses its proving ground in Si Racha, Chonburi to assess products from design and prototype stages to pre-production and commercialization. This ensures customers take delivery of vehicles that are second-to-none in all aspects of quality.  Stay updated with Mitsubishi Motors Thailand:








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