Instead, it will take on the nine-day event - which winds its way through 2500km of the West Australian outback - in an Outlander PHEV, the first-ever plug-in hybrid to compete in the race.
Veteran driver Steve Glenney and Bernie Webb will pilot the Outlander PHEV, which will compete in the newly-created A1 class for production hybrid vehicles.
However, it won't exactly be showroom-stock.
Suspension arms and strut towers will be reinforced to deal with the punishing terrain, while springs and dampers will also be changed out for improved items.
The engine and hybrid drivetrain will also be protected by underbody plating, and brake pads will be upgraded to motorsport compounds.
Other safety-related modifications, such as the installation of a roll cage, racing seats, harness and fire extinguishers, will also be made to the PHEV.
“We’re very excited about building the first plug-in hybrid to compete in the Australasian Safari,” said Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Australia team principal Alan Heaphy.
“The Outlander PHEV showcases the latest Mitsubishi hybrid and four-wheel drive technology, making it an ideal platform for an entry in the Australasian Safari.
“From our long-term experience working with Mitsubishi products, the quality of engineering and technology is a good match for motorsport, and we’re looking forward to proving the Outlander PHEV’s durability and technology in genuine off-road conditions.”
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