Mitsubishi’s Esports Battle Truck is The Ultimate Gaming Rig

Automotive NewsForza Horizon 4 8 May 6, 2019 by

Serious racing game players have some serious set-ups. We’re not just talking about a driving wheel clamped to a desk in a spare bedroom either. No, we mean full-on Gran Turismo driving pods, and half of an Opel Astra.

That all seems a bit extreme, but the UK arm of Mitsubishi Motors has gone even further. It’s built a two-player sim-racing rig into a complete, roadgoing L200 pickup truck.

Mitsubishi calls it the L200 eSports Concept, and it’s the winner of an online competition called “Truck King Battle”. The carmaker invited entries for off-the-wall truck designs from its UK dealerships in January. This version of the L200, a suggestion from Joanne Tulloch of the Livery Dole retailer in Exeter, won by scoring the highest online engagement during the competition.

The L200 eSports Concept has a pair of driving rigs in the bed area of the pickup. Each has an XBox One (running Forza Horizon 4, at least in the images), with a Logitech G920 wheel, pedals and shifter, along with a racing seat. There’s a pair of curved, 24-inch LED screens on the inside, and another pair of 22-inch screens that fold out to show the action to anyone wandering past.

Fitting two functional driving seats into a pick-up truck isn’t especially easy. Mitsubishi gave Ralph Hosier Engineering the task of modifying the L200 to suit. As a result, the truck has gained some 31 inches to the chassis length, along with a three-inch increase to the width. A special high version of the load bed cover adds some much-needed headroom too. There’s also a set of fold-down steps to gain access to the rear.

But seats and wheels alone don’t make a driving rig. To help ensure you don’t need to leave the truck, Mitsubishi has fitted a coffee machine and a refreshment bar. Sadly, there’s no other “convenience” facilities, so you’ll have to park near a toilet block if you don’t want to venture too far.

The L200 also gets a 150-watt solar cell mounted to the roof. This charges four 105Ah deep-cycle leisure batteries, which can run everything for up to eight hours, so it’s all environmentally friendly.

Other external clues include a roof-mounted light bar, rose-gold Speedline Mamba alloys — with chunky off-road tires — and other rose-gold details in the badging and decals.

Mitsubishi hasn’t put a price on the L200 eSports Concept. However a regular L200 hard top model comes in at £38,000 ($50,000), so this might come in as the most expensive way to play Forza Horizon 4 we’ve ever seen.

More Posts On...

Aston Martin Releases James Bond Special DBS Superleggera

The Toyota GR Supra Is Packing a Lot More Power Than Its Official Numbers

Watch Renault's Megane Trophy-R Take Back the Front-Wheel Drive Nurburgring Crown

TRD Reveals Toyota GR Supra Tuning Package

The Bolt Nano Is an Electric Car From the World's Fastest Man Usain Bolt

All Seven of the Reborn Porsche 935's Retro-Style Liveries are Sweet

Bentley Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary With a $250,000, Diamond-Encrusted Book

Ford Unveils Hot, 276hp Focus ST Wagon