The Making of the Triton SuperUte
March 5, 2018
To celebrate the launch of the 2018 SuperUte Series, we sat down with Craig Dontas of Sieders Racing Team and Team Triton SuperUte driver as he explains the transformation from everyday Triton GLX to race-ready SuperUte.
One of the biggest growth markets in the automotive space here in Australia are dual cab turbo diesels. When it comes to work, family and play, these vehicles tick all the boxes in every aspect of Australian life.
Naturally, after major dynamic improvement and soaring market demand, we are finally taking these vehicles racing. Yes that's right - turbo diesel dual cab racing here in Australia at some of the most iconic tracks, Bathurst, Adelaide and the Gold Coast.
In 2018, the new SuperUtes Series will make its debut as a feature support category to the Supercars Championship nationally. A fantastic replacement for the former V8 Ute Racing Series which kept crowds entertained over the years. SuperUtes is set to be the next big thing.
I thought it would be a great opportunity to run you through what it takes to make an everyday Mitsubishi Triton a SuperUte.
Starting life as a standard road-going Mitsubishi Triton GLX, the process begins.
We strip and completely remove all internal componentry and prepare for the installation of the FIA spec roll cage for both the safety of the driver and rigidity of the chassis.
Once installed, we paint and re-install the dash, wiring harness and race seats with harnesses.
Other vital internal changes are the installation of a Motec on-board telemetry system. This keeps the driver up–to-date on critical driving information; revs, speed, oil, engine temperatures.
On track performance is also helped with the Motec system, such as lap times, split time and gear shift lights.
Once the internals are done, we move to the outside.
Let's start from the rear and move to the front.
Out with the standard diff and rear leaf suspension and in with a controlled, rear end complete with a specialised racing differential and horizontal SupaShock racing damper set up that is fully adjustable.
We replace the gearbox and tail shaft with a controlled-length tail shaft and Tremac T6060, six speed racing gear box. Unlike the Supercars, it is still a standard H-pattern shift, keeping the unique production car feel.
The clutch and flywheel are a special fabricated heavy-duty lightweight set up from Australian Clutch.
The next important piece of the puzzle is the engine.
We start with the factory issued Mitsubishi 2.4 litre DID, and then we bolt on some serious upgrades:
- Intake manifold
- Electronically controlled wastegate
- Motec engine management system
- Modified oil sump
All these components together form a race-ready Mitsubishi Triton SuperUte.
These tough Tritons will pack some serious punch, with more than 550NM of torque, 350HPand are capable of reaching speeds in excess of 240KMPH down the famous Conrod Straight at Bathurst.
And here is the making of the SuperUte.