October 11, 2016 @ 12:56 AM

​ISUZU takes a 7-seater SUV on an Offroad Challenge

Isuzu has prepped their MU-X SUV to lead the ISUZU Malaysia team into the gruelling 2016 Borneo Safari International Offroad Challenge.


Isuzu has been a main sponsor for the Borneo Safari over the past decade, labelled as the event's Diamond Sponsor. The organiser, Sabah Four Wheel Drive Association President, Faez A Nordin made sure to thank Isuzu for their continuous support in helping the event grow in scale year after year. If you've never heard of it, the Borneo Safari International Offroad Challenge is an annual challenge held in Sabah where a team of 4x4s will attempt to cover a treacherous offroad route that is nearly 1000km long. 

 2016 marks the 26th edition of the Borneo Safari Challenge. Happening from October 30th to November 6th, this year's chosen route will take the teams from the base of Mount Kinabalu and works its way through districts right through abandoned logging trails, river crossings and weather that would rather have you curl up at home on the sofa. 

The Borneo Safari has always been a true test of teamwork, spirit and outright offroad four wheel driving skills and this year will be the same. Being the largest 4x4 event in Asia, the teams participating take the event very seriously and are prepared for the win at all causes.
This 26th edition will see the first time a modified version of the Isuzu MU-X 'Monster', not only participate as one of the vehicles, but lead the four-vehicle strong team into the jungles of Sabah. 

As you know, the Borneo Safari is no easy feat and not even the standard off-road vehicle can easily manoeuvre through the track, all cars that are certified to take on the Safari are slighting modified whether it be cosmetics only, as per the regulations, or under the bonnet as well. But all Isuzu did in terms of mods are only cosmetic modifications to it to make it look more “offroady”. 

The stock 2.5-litre VGS Turbo intercooler diesel engine and five-speed automatic sequential shift transmission remain with no mechanical modification whatsover. The outcome should be a clear demonstration of Isuzu's offroad capabilities. 

Isuzu has used the same recipe for the MU-X as they have in their D-Max pickup truck since 2005 and that has performed exceptionally in the Borneo Safari over the years. Isuzu Malaysia Executive Director Hajime Machimura has every confident the Isuzu MU-X will be able to perform with class despite the trying conditions of the Borneo Safari.

Y.Dharmeswaran

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