This beast is the Mitsubishi L200 that will be racing in the 2019 SuperUtes Series in Australia. Team Triton Racing (the L200 is badged Triton down under) will field three trucks with backing from Mitsubishi Australia.

It’s a proper race car. Under the bonnet is a highly modified version of the L200’s 2.4-litre, four-cylinder turbodiesel engine producing pretty much double the standard power output. New camshafts, injection system, oil sump, intercooler, exhaust and turbo combine to turn out 344hp and 499lb/ft of torque.

That’s enough to get the L200 from 0-62mph in under 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed beyond 150mph. Despite weighing the regulation 1,800kg and having the aerodynamics of a large barn.

The rest of the running gear is made up of “control” components that every truck competing in SuperUtes have to use. They include the 6-speed Tremec, SupaShock rear suspension, rear differential, Brembo brakes and 20-inch wheels.

That’s some serious hardware. But the L200 is still a high-riding truck carrying most of its mass about three feet off the ground. And near enough no mass at all over the driven rear wheels. So the handling can be a bit… lively.

Team Triton won a handful of races last year, the first season SuperUtes ran as a replacement for the old ute series after the Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore pick-ups it was based around were discontinued. After the first races in Adelaide last month, team leader Elliot Barbour is in third place on the points table.

By Graham King