Mitsubishi Will Take on Pikes Peak Again
At the very end of the month, thousands will descend upon a ribbon of tarmac that stretches from the base of a mountain in Colorado, all the way up to the summit. Oh yeah, it’s time for the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Mitsubishi has returned this year, to field its third all-electric entry in the iconic hill climb competition. The new challenger – the MiEV Evolution III – is loosely based on Mitsubishi’s road-going MiEV electric hatchback. And by “loosely”, we mean that it’s basically a racecar with a road car’s name. The Evolution III offers up a heaping portion of upgrades over last year’s model, with Mitsubishi dead-set on taking a first place trophy. Weight has been cut and structural rigidity has been added through a redesign to the team’s pipe-frame chassis. Additional downforce tweaks have increased wind-tunnel performance thanks to a new carbonfiber front splitter. RELATED: See Photos of the 2012 Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution
Like the old model, the Evolution III puts its power to the ground via four high-output electric motors in a four-wheel-drive configuration. However, this year’s model bumps its muscle up from 536-horsepower to 603-horsepower, which complements improvements to Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control that have limited wheel slip.
Hiroshi Masuoka (two-time Dakar Rally winner) will partner with Greg Tracy (six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champ) to maneuver a pair of MiEV Evolution III racers up the perilous 12.42-mile distance from base to summit. Pay attention on June 29 to see if Mitsubishi can improve on last year’s result – second and third.
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