Mitsubishi has expressed serious interest in FIA president Jean Todt's proposed electric F1 series. The idea is in its infancy, and there is long way to go before silent F1 cars are zipping around the world's best racing circuits, but interest from the brand gives the idea a bit of a boost.

Over the last two years, Mitsubishi has significantly reduced its motorsports participation, beginning with its withdrawal from the 2009 Dakar Rally. That, coupled with the recent controversy surrounding the future of the Lancer Evolution, has elicited criticism that the Mitsubishi is moving in an anti-motorsports direction.

Company brass say that isn't true. Mitsubishi claims it's very interested in electric-vehicle racing as a way to speed up EV technology development and make advancements in its future road vehicles. Still, we'd wager it'll be years before an electric Evo hits the streets.

[Source: Mainichi Daily News]


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      Paulo Mabira
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi should consider being interested in producing competitive cars. That's what the f*** they should do.
      loloh
      • 3 Years Ago
      In a couple of months you made me change my mind completely about you Mitsubishi. I used to like you.. used to... No respect... you are killing what made you good and cool. No rallying? No Dakar? No eclipse? No Evo? No traditional off-roaders like the Pajero? COME ON! I still have some hope that you realize what you are doing...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        goober1424
        • 3 Years Ago
        You make me laugh, Dan.
        Autoblog
        • 3 Years Ago
        This new series is not going to replace current F1. Real Formula 1 will continue to produce sweet warm CO2 for a while.
      poppopeyes
      • 3 Years Ago
      terrible decision after terrible decision...
      JeremyClarkson
      • 3 Years Ago
      somehow this Mitsu company managed to become one of the most irrational company that I know... their management is a total failure. they got rid of eclipse, while letting galant to remain afloat. this company has no future...
        P
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JeremyClarkson
        Really? Is that why their sales are up 40% this year? I'm not Mitsubishi defender but let's not mistake Eclipse, a tiny niche model in the best of times, for anything but lead-weight on profitability. I'd like to see more enthusiast cars out of them too (they had some good ones) but they've ID'd a strategy that doesn't demand them going toe-to-toe (performance) with better-financed players.
          EnzoHonda
          • 3 Years Ago
          @P
          Their sales were up because they didn't have anywhere else to go. They've had crippling losses for years and a 40% increase in sales doesn't mean jack when they were selling well-under 20,000 cars/year and almost all of them were main-stream offerings.
      P
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Innovation, BOOOOO!" WTF, people? Bashing on a different means of propulsion without any understanding of the tremendous opportunity for great racing is f-ing ridiculous. The comments read like a bunch of Luddites, swearing off the electron. Internal combustion isn't the only way of getting around a circuit quickly and I, for one, can't wait to see some actual, real innovation again. Think about it: Carbon chassis? Started in the 80's. The 1500 hp turbos? Yep, the 80's. Twin-clutch boxes? The 80's. Wings? Pretty much done by...the 80's. It's time to move on, kids. Put your sacred cows on a bun and let's embrace the awesomeness of the future.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boo!
      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a good move. It's not like Mitsubishi has been doing well. No matter how much we all love the Evo, they don't make any money on it and it's clearly not working as a halo vehicle. (They wouldn't be in the trouble they're in if it was working as a halo product.) Whoever can make the first legitimate electric car will make a killing. Just like how the Prius was the first legitimate hybrid and now they sell a ton of them. Yes, the Insight was out earlier, but it didn't do anything for Honda or the industry. To me it's too early to see if the Leaf is going to become a real product, or just a first-step niche vehicle. This is a smart move by Mitsubishi. They have to change, and looking forward to the inevitable electric revolution could set them up to become a big player in all markets. Getting into electric racing will not only promote awareness for EV's, but will also build support for the technology. The only problem with EV racing? The lack of noise. "And they're off... you can hear a pin drop on the track."
        Naoki Watanabe
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EnzoHonda
        Electric racing isn't silent by a long shot.
        P
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EnzoHonda
        Replying to your comment below: You're explanation that a 40% rise in sales is because "they had nowhere else to go" is the single most id/iotic thing I've read all week. And when you're trying to sound like a smartie by saying they sell "well under 20,000", consider maybe looking up the actual number before you out yourself as a liar. Truth is, they've made it out of the 0-0-0 fiasco and they're launching decent cars again in segments where there's growth. Sure, maybe us enthusiasts aren't thrilled but Eclipses are in d/ead segments and the company is near the top of the sales growth charts. I'd say they did their homework, which you should try doing.
      Turbo_S60
      • 3 Years Ago
      I could really care less bout electric racing. Mitsubishi you are dead to me
        Redline
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Turbo_S60
        http://incompetech.com/gallimaufry/care_less.html
      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      So let it take years...then we'll get a better all-electric product from them. If anyone can Mitsubishi can...these guys know racing and they build the best automotive product available.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      So let it take years. These guys know how to build a great racing machine. I can't wait for THEIR all-electric product. Not Nissan's or Ford's.
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