Mitsubishi had high hopes for this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, entering a production i-MiEV and a radical racing version called the i-MiEV Evolution into the ever-growing Electric Division. We had our eye on the Evolution model in particular, as the car was specially developed for the hill climb with a tube-frame chassis, sleek carbon fiber body and an all-wheel-drive system.

Things haven't started quite as Mitsubishi planned, though, with the i-MiEV Evolution crashing during today's second practice session on the lower third of Pikes Peak. The car overshot one of the many hairpins on the course, ending up in a ditch several feet off the road. There's no word on whether the incident was due to a mechanical problem or driver error, but the car looks to be pretty heavily damaged. Fortunately, driver Hiroshi Masuoka, one of Mitsubishi's test drivers and two-time Dakar Rally winner, was unhurt in the accident.

We don't know whether the crew at Mitsubishi will be able to repair the car in time for this weekend's race, but we hope to see it on the mountain come Sunday.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 35 Comments
      goatcars
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ever growing electric division????? Have you checked sales stats of the Nissan Leaf lately??? It seems people are indeed reluctant to spend $35K on a glorified golf cart which is 100% guaranteed to get you stranded in the first major traffic jam encountered!!!!
        Drew Phillips
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goatcars
        The reference was to the electric class for Pikes Peak, not electric cars in general.
        SCOTT !!!!!!!!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @goatcars
        Expensive cars for rich and greenies so they can feel good about themselves. They don't work. GM had a great Electric car. But, They took them all back against many of the wishes of the people that had them. They took them to the desert and tore them apart. They had a electric car way before anyone else did. They had a succesful one. Who is the one that made GM drop the car? NOW that is a question that should be asked.
      wongtpa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pikes Peak Hill Climb is one of the most treacherous races in the world. Drops offs are frightening!
      SCOTT !!!!!!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pike's Peak ain't Dukar. The faster they figure that out? The better off they will be. They should have hired a experienced Peak driver for thier car.
      arenadood
      • 2 Years Ago
      OOPS
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Casey Jones isn't just for railroad tracks. . .
      Tourian
      • 2 Years Ago
      They fixed the car and came in 2nd in the class and 8th overall. http://www.mitsubishicars.com/MMNA/jsp/media.do?sID=0&aID=20
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      If a silent car crashes into the woods, does it make a sound?
      P
      • 2 Years Ago
      So sad to see this once-great company reduced to a succession of stories about failure and cautionary business tales. This car was funded by a marketing chief who was apparently fired so, with budgets all but gone, this was the end of the line for their motorsports activity. BTW, the rumors are wrong: There will be no "Evo XI." Their leadership set the course for "green" engineering (regardless of how clearly unprofitable that notion is) and that has eliminated the possibility for any future performance cars. Mitsubishi may still sell cars but I'm afraid they're goners.
        lendersmith
        • 2 Years Ago
        @P
        Agreed, - really sad. I had an Evo VIII, followed by an Evo IX MR and can honestly say, they are about the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Nothing will replace the surprised looks from muscle car / exotic car owners, as they got whooped by a little sedan. Brought "bang for the buck" to a whole new level.
        AP1_S2K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @P
        very interesting. Thanks for the post
        AcidTonic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @P
        So the next Evo is soft to you so it's dead? The car has been confirmed by the company unless they just plan on lying. I doubt that. Just say you think it will be soft. Don't tell people it's not coming out.
      hdcjm1
      • 2 Years Ago
      guess it didn't evolve enough.
        Generic
        • 2 Years Ago
        @hdcjm1
        Every successful venture ever in this history of success was preceded by failures. Get your head out of your ass. At least they are back in racing.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Generic
          [blocked]
          Generic
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Generic
          thor.petersen, that is a good question, but it isn't really up to you or me. GM posted huge losses, yet they still exist. Mitsu lost it's ways and if it can figure out the winning formula again (I think the original formula of AWD turbo did it) then they should be able to make it. The Outlander is selling and the Lancer is doing okay. I'm sure more people would like to own the EVO, but just can't afford it. They need to build the right cars again. I think the parent company of MMNA is much larger then you realize. They still supply engine technology to Hyundai and has more money then imaginable.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Clearly this electric car is not at fault. Electric Cars!!!!
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Buy American company cars and trucks
        kulpw40
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Where can you get one. Toyota has more American made parts than any of the Big 3. Far more reliable too as I've had at least one each of the Big 3's rejects.
        Greg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Great advice! Scrap the " over priced soda cans!'"Greg
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      foreign junk
    • Load More Comments