Mitsubishi has released new details about their MiEV Evolution II race cars that will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Described as a "purpose-built prototype racing machine," the MiEV Evolution II benefits from the knowledge gained from last year's i-MiEV Evolution. As a result, the model adopts a tubular frame chassis and an aerodynamic carbon fiber body that produces additional downforce.
The car has four electric motors that produce a combined maximum output of 536 bhp (400 kW) which is a 214 bhp (160 kW) more than the original i-MiEV Evolution. The model also been equipped with Super All-Wheel Control and Active Yaw Control which optimally controls the yaw moment to generate the best cornering capabilities.
The electric motors are powered by a next-generation 50 kWh lithium-ion battery that features carbon fiber reinforced polymer construction and a new cooling system that is lighter and more effective than the one used in last year's model. The battery has also been placed lower in the car to reduce the center of gravity.
The cars will be driven by Dakar Rally champion Hiroshi Masuoka and Pikes Peak motorcycle champion Greg Tracy.
Check out the press release for additional information