Mitsubishi Motors Lands Winner Circle for 2020 Rebelle Rally

October 21st, 2020 by

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Last week, we discussed the news about the 2020 Rebelle Rally event. Held over the weekend of October, running from October 7-18, 2020, the 10-day, 2,000 km navigational course was filled with vehicles from various automakers racing to compete for gold. During this event, there are three categories vehicles can win – 4×4, Crossover, and most recently, the best battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) and hybrid or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Last year, Mitsubishi Motors entered and donated a modified Eclipse Cross to non-profit military veteran organization “Record the Journey”. This year, the hybrid category allowed the automaker to enter the Outlander PHEV with Record the Journey and finished with a place on the podium.

In 2019, Record the Journey (RTJ) founder and navigator Sergeant Major Rachael Ridenour (Ret.) was in the cockpit alongside Air Force veteran Karah Behrend, the driver at the time who suffered from a degenerative neurological disease that led to the loss of major motor function in her lower legs and parts of her hands. With the modified Eclipse Cross to use hand-controls, Behrend and Ridenour were able to race. This year, RTJ needed to find a replacement driver, and wanted a female veteran with the heart, grit, and tenacity to face the challenge.They found Master Sergeant Kristie Levy, a 25-year U.S. Army combat veteran and current federal law enforcement officer. With Rebelle Rally being the first all-women’s off-road rally and also the longest competition in the U.S. (of the 48 connected states), keeping the team all-female is a must!

This year, RTJ had Ridenour (Ret.), a multi-time Rebelle and past event winner, had teammate and driver, Master Sergeant Kristie Levy (Ret.) behind the wheel of the Outlander PHEV with her. Both ladies are U.S. Army veterans with multiple combat deployments. They named the plug-in hybrid “Electra”, a fitting name for an electrified SUV. This plug-in hybrid raced across the Nevada and California deserts, accumulating 1,034 points in the X-Cross class, earning it a place in the winner’s circle.

“Electra served faithfully and reliably, impressing us with her versatility, capability and grit, not to mention her ability to travel on smooth, quiet electric power…Just completing the Rebelle is an accomplishment, and doing it in an electrified vehicle was a bit of an experiment, but the Outlander PHEV proved more than up to the task. She was a reliable partner in extreme circumstances – and being able to make coffee using the 110-volt outlet in the back was a luxurious taste of civilization in the middle of the desert.” – Ridenour

Another one for the record books, literally, we’re sure RTJ got plenty of great photos and film over the journey of 2,000 kilometers. Dedicated to assisting military veterans with a successful transition back into civilian life, RTJ makes use outdoor photography adventures to help veterans process their military experiences and PTSD that may result from combat, injury, and/or loss. Last year, Mitsubishi Motors donated the modified Eclipse Cross to RTJ to help the organization get around more and fulfill its mission while also providing transportation to members and veterans. As Mitsubishi Motors continues to help members of the community, the automaker’s “Small Batch – Big Impact” corporate social responsibility initiative may come to an end, but the impact will last forever.

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