|Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia pits the latest Triton workhorse to participate in this year’s Borneo Safari. The Borneo Safari is one of the world’s toughest 4X4 expeditions, having ran for a quarter of a century.|
As Sabah’s premier event celebrates its Silver Jubilee this year, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is joining in the festivities by sending one of the latest Triton 4X4 pick-up trucks into the fray. The Three-Diamond badge is no stranger to adventures in East Malaysia. Pajero and even older Mitsubishi Jeeps had been in the thick of Borneo’s 4X4 action since the Trans Borneo expeditions of the 1980s, which evolved into the Borneo Safari in 1991. The new Triton will be entered as a corporate vehicle, in the hands of Borneo Safari veterans Paul Si and Lionel Yew.
The Borneo Safari is an extremely tough event, taking the participants through various terrain challenges over eight days and seven nights. It is a challenge for the vehicles as well as the human participants. “Many participants will have done extensive modifications to their vehicles, some because they have encountered problems in previous events and have learned what are the weaknesses that need to be rectified,” Si justified. “We will try to do it while keeping the Triton as stock standard as possible, but we do require tyres (GT Radial Komodo 35-inch) with extreme tread patterns. Therefore, mods to the wheel arch and suspension are deemed essential.”
In addition, the Borneo Safari-ready Triton has been utfitted with compulsory equipment, including a strong bullbar in front, reinforced rear bumpers and a Warn winch with 9,000-pound pulling capacity. Even before crossing the start line, the Triton has already completed a long journey, starting out from Kuching, Sarawak early on 17 October, passing through Miri, Brunei, Limbang and Lawas before arriving at the capital of Sabah two days and 1,250 kilometers later.
Next up is the 8-day Borneo Safari, which starts from 0930 at the Sabah Tourism Board building, Kota Kinabalu. Thereafter, the convoy heads for Penampang, the opening stages, then to various regionss of the State like Kampung Sungi, Kg. Tingkolod Rundum, Lagud Seberang, Tenom, and finally regrouping in the capital city. The numbers of vehicles have increased from 20 to 300 over the years, thus the organizers are expecting an exciting affair and heavy traffic for this year’s edition of the Borneo Safari.