Preparing for next month's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mitsubishi – the presenting sponsor of this year's PPIHC – has unveiled its entrant for the race: the all-electric MiEV Evolution II. Building off last year's MiEV-inspired entrant, the Evolution II has received numerous improvements, including a more powerful electric drive system, a lower center of gravity and even a more traditional racecar look. Driving a pair of MiEV Evolution II models this year will be Hiroshi Masuoka from Mitsubishi vehicle development and six-time PPIHC motorcycle winner, Greg Tracy.

Both MiEV Evolution II racers employ a quartet of electric motors (last year's car used just three), and output has been increased from 280 kilowatts (375 horsepower) up to 400 KW (536 hp). For improved handling, the cars' lithium-ion battery packs help provide lower centers of gravity, and both Masuoka's and Tracy's cars have received active yaw control, stability control and redesigned anti-lock braking systems. Hopefully, this will help them stick to the mountain better. As previously mentioned, even their look has changed, with less of a wide-body i-MiEV feel and more of a racecar appearance. We think the finished product would actually make for a pretty cool Le Mans Prototype racer, or perhaps an electrically powered rival for trackday cars like those from Radical.


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      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      If these cars manage to keep the rubber side down they are going to set some new records this year. The only question is how long will it take for an electric vehicle to win pike peak. With no gears and tremendous acceleration it is only a matter of time.
      Shahul X
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can we just get a gas evolution 11? lol... everyone thinks we want hybrid track cars....
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi is too schizophrenic with these super MiEV race cars and their frumpy little small-battery i-MiEV Jelly Bean.
      edward.stallings
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pike's Peak ia a good venue for a race EV since the total length is under 13 miles. As for electric track day cars, not even a Tesla has the range to drive to a track, race for 45 minutes and drive home, unless the track is right out your door.
      nassau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does it have headlights?
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nassau
        It rained and snowed last year during the race. Granted, they stopped the race once the rain got heavier and the snow started, but it happened. While they don't drive at night, they do drive in weather that may warrant headlights.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nassau
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      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Somebody posted months ago here that as Pike Peak gets more paved, the cars will look more like ALMS cars. Good call. Hey, why not an old Group C car? No lack of horsepower or ground effects
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