Mitsubishi’s brand new Triton will join the rest of the mob racing in the 2019 SuperUte Series at the Superloop Adelaide 500 from February 28 to March 3.

Team Triton which ran two utes in the 2018 series has added a third car to the team to be driven by Elliot Barbour and Cameron Crick with dual Dakar Rally Champion Toby Price also driving for the team in select rounds.

Sorry if we’re not excited, but the sight of a few 4×4 utes (sorry make that rear-wheel drive utes) doing rounders instead of the good old fashioned V8 powered-Aussie utes leaves something to be desired.

Could that be the timeless roar of a hot V8?

Nevertheless, without the Australian made V8s to call upon anymore, the organisers had little choice.

It was a case of sink or swim.

Team Triton’s major sponsor Mitsubishi Motors Australia has increased its factory backing just as improvements have been made to the SuperUte Series, including new race tyres, lower ride heights, more performance and louder exhausts.

The Toyota Hilux, Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu D-Max, Holden Colorado and Mazda BT-50 make up the six utes already homologated for the series.

Production turbo diesels power the utes and produce 253kW and a torque figure of 677Nm.

A category controlled Motec ECU will monitor performance across the cars.

The rear-wheel drive vehicles weigh 1800kg and also feature control components including a CAMS approved roll cage, brakes, tyres, wheels, springs and dampers.

The drivetrain will include a control gearbox and ratios as well as rear axle assembly.

ECB SuperUtes Series Adelaide entry list

7Total Tools Team TritonCameron CrickMitsubishi Triton
8Fat Freddy’s/WSMBen WalshToyota Hilux
10Western Sydney MotorsportMichael SiedersToyota Hilux
11Western Sydney MotorsportLuke VannaToyota Hilux
17Tank PoolBenjamin FalkHolden Colorado
18ACDelco RacingDean CantoHolden Colorado
22Caltex Delo RacingTom AlexanderIsuzu D-MAX
49Allate Auto DoorsChristopher FormosaFord Randger
58EFS 4×4 RacingRyal HarrisMazda BT-50
64Western Sydney MotorsportCraig WoodsToyota Hilux
78Mitsubishi Team TritonElliot BarbourMitsubishi Triton
87Mitsubishi Team TritonCraig DontasMitsubishi Triton
95West End MazdaAdam DoddMazda BT-50

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.