• May 2, 2011
U.S.-market Mitsubishi i – Click above for high-res image gallery

In early April, Jean Todt, president of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), made it known that he hopes to launch a couple of racing events (electric car, go-kart and single-seat vehicles) that will eventually lead to an electrified Formula One series. Though Todt's plans will likely be opposed by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, that hasn't prevented Mitsubishi from declaring that it's "very interested" in a racing series for electric vehicles. Japan Today reports that Mitsubishi president Osamu Masuko is intrigued by the notion of electric racecars. Masuko supposedly told the newspaper that:
The development costs for electric vehicles seem much lower than for gasoline cars, and it would also contribute to the technological development of cars that are already on the market. I'm said to be unenthusiastic about motorsports, but with electric vehicles, I want to promote them.
Open-wheel racing, at any level, would be uncharted territory for Mitsubishi, but the Japanese automaker has invested a significant amount into developing its own electric vehicles. If the company is going to enter the world of open-wheel racing, it's fitting that it would go electric.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      kudos if true. F1 should lead, not be a bastion of the ignorant and obtuse as it is now.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        I didn't realise you were part of the F1? Ignorant , and obtuse....you should feel at home!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its a great idea if you want to support the coal industry
        Dave D
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dude, Not even half of American electricity comes from coal and it shrinks every year. And virtually all electricity comes from 100% American sources regardless of whether it's natural gas or coal.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Even if the grid was 100% coal fired, it's still cleaner than petrol, and it's 100% domestic. Charge at night, and it's even cleaner.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well, it is domestic fuel from non-conflict regions. Shovel, baby, shovel. lol
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes better burn Oil from Saudi Arabia
      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      This racing all-electric jag that Mitsubishi is on will only add to the enjoyment of owning a future Mitsbishi automobile. Be it all-electric or ICE or Hybrid. Still love ta see them build the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Hybrid. Love their cars. Currently own a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. Mitsubishi builds cars to last. Engines that last. Good, honest rigs that look great and have a fantastic Warranty. Am I missing anthing here?
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, you have redeemed yourselt, Mitsubishi.
      • 3 Years Ago
      So if they put metal strips embedded into the track and allowed the cars to be energized two wide (2 pairs of 2 metal contacts), they would only have to use batteries to pass or block. Maybe allow capacitors to provide short bursts of power. Pit stops would just be for changing tires and aerodynamics. I would think NASCAR speeds in Indy shaped cars would be the initial aim.
      Ben Crockett
      • 3 Years Ago
      "...and it would also contribute to the technological development of cars that are already on the market" I couldn't agree more. Good to hear Mitsubshi - now just start selling the i-Miev in Australia instead of just leasing it then I will be happier still.