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Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
  • Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II at Pikes Peak 2013
With a newly paved path up the mountain, it's no surprise the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb finished with some new records in the books. Overall winner Sébastien Loeb had an impressive record-setting time of 8:13.878, but the electric class didn't disappoint, either. After all, EVs have the potential to outperform their gas-powered competition on the way up to the thin Colorado air and they're getting better every year. This year, they were good enough for Rod Millen to sign up and go electric in the Toyota TMG EV P002. The race ended yesterday, but we'll still say spoiler alert, just in case.

We knew that Mitsubishi was headed to the mountain with the winner's podium in it sights, but it was not to be this time around. The company's two MiEV Evolution II electric vehicle did well – coming in second and third in the EV Division – but were not fast enough to beat out Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, who had a time of 9:46.530, good for fifth overall, in his Monster Sport E-Runner. The final result wasn't what we expected, since the MiEV Evolution II driven by Greg Tracy was the fastest EV in the qualifier round. Perhaps the weather played a role, since there was a heavy rain during the EV part of the competition. The two MiEV Evolution IIs finished with times of 10:21.866 and 10:23.649.

On the two-wheeled front, Engadget reports that the promise of electric drive up to 14,110 feet was proven with Carlin Dunne (he was given the ride in place of the previously scheduled Chip Yates) and Lightning Motorcycles taking first place in the motorcycle category, beating the next-fastest bike, a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S, by a time of 10:00.694 to 10:21.323.

For a full race recap, head on over to Autoblog.
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Mitsubishi Motors Revolutionary MiEV Evolution II Finishes 2nd and 3rd in the EV Division at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 1, 2013 --

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) saw the company's advanced all-new MiEV Evolution II race car place second and third in class in the EV Division in the 91st running of the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) in the talented hands of two-time Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka and six-time PPIHC motorcycle champion Greg Tracy.

The race, held on June 30th, commenced in the morning under a calm, clear blue sky; however these ideal weather conditions took a turn for the worse and a downpour of rain hit the track just before the pair of MiEV Evolution II race cars commenced their runs at this legendary time trial event.

Just as Greg Tracy – who was the fastest qualifier within the Electric Vehicle division – approached the time for his run up the mountain, the poor weather forced the team to make a quick tire swap to grooved tires rather than the higher performance non-grooved racing slicks. Both Tracy and Masuoka raced in extremely difficult wet conditions, along with limited visibility in the higher sections of the race course, resulting in Masuoka recording a time of 10 minutes, 21.866 seconds, with Tracy following closely behind at 10 minutes, 23.649 seconds.

Yet even in these challenging conditions, the pair broke last year's second place time in the EV Division of 10 minutes, 30.850, achieved in 2012 by Masuoka piloting the Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution on a dry road in optimal conditions.

Finishing in second-place in the Electric Division for a second year in a row, team captain and driver Masuoka commented on the race: "Just before the start, since the road became completely wet, we had to swap the tires from slicks to grooved. Even with the grooved tires, the pavement was really wet and the car was sliding around quite a bit. It really was treacherous conditions to drive in, but both cars were able to make it to the top safely. Since we were aiming for the win, the result is quite disappointing. While due to this rain, it is easy to blame the result on our luck, we must also realize our weakness and continue to make improvements for the future."

For Greg Tracy, this was his first Pikes Peak attempt piloting a race car rather than a motorcycle. While disappointed by the outcome, Tracy reflected upon his difficult ascent to the summit: "Since I was aiming for the win, I am thoroughly disappointed. Due to the heavy rain that came pouring down just before our run, the conditions were not drivable. With that said, we should probably be satisfied just by finishing safely. Since it was dry during every practice session, we literally had zero time in the car in rainy conditions. However, since the MiEV Evolutionâ…ˇ ran so well in the dry, I really would like to come back to do this again, aiming for the win."

A completely all-new design from the ground up, the technologically-advanced MiEV Evolution II features a unique quad-motor (two front/two rear) drivetrain, next-generation lithium-ion batteries by Lithium Energy Japan (LEJ), an optimized all-electric version of Mitsubishi's exceptionally capable Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system and wind tunnel-derived, aerodynamically-enhanced carbon-fiber bodywork.

For more information, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and ppihc.com.

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, sedans and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 400 dealers. In November of 2011, MMNA launched the battery-powered electric vehicle Mitsubishi i-MiEV as part of a corporate mission to offer consumers more environmentally responsible modes of transportation. This battery-powered electric vehicle technology addresses the need for vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions and support a growing agenda for sustainability. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.


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      Electric Examiner
      • 3 Months Ago
      Hey Sebastian, I was there Nd I can tell you this was THE weekend to go to Pikes Peak. Lightning taking pole position, beating gasoline motorcycles and breaking a record. You should have seen Richard's face when I talked to him. He told me he felt vindicated, and that is in only a short four years of developing the Lightning. Can you say we're here now! I think the best part were pele coming up to the pits saying things like: "This is the race care I was telling you about. It's electric!" Or other gasoline competitors engineers and managers going to the electrics and "studying" the phenomenon. I'll have more to say about those encounters later. How about Jeremiah Johnson telling me he was literally creaming other gas bikes running on only 50% power? This was the year to go there. This will go down as the year the electric drive sunk into the psyche if the mass population there and intrigued engineers. I've lined up a lot of interviews with managers and drivers. I have already all of Mitsubishi's take and will follow up with them this week. As Farr as Tajima, he deserves the win and it was a fantastic run up there. However, if Mitsubishi and Toyota had started with the same weather condition, I bet things would have been different. Sorry for the blatant ad but I will write more on CarNewsCafe.
      Spec
      • 3 Months Ago
      A full minute and a half behind the gassers? :-/ I would think they could close that. Then again, you are carrying heavy batteries up that hill.
        BipDBo
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Spec
        A minute and a half behind one of the gassers. The top finishers were incredibly spread out. I'd like to hear more about what Loeb may have had that the others did not. It's also very important to note that the EVs had a wet road.
        Samuel Look
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Spec
        One word... RAIN
        raktmn
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Spec
        For perspective, last year's overall winner (Rhys Millen in an 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe race car) won with a 9:46 run. Tajima in his EV also got a 9:46 run this year. So he was on a winning pace compared to last year's race. Loeb's run was nothing less than incredible this year. He cut a minute and a half off of last year's winning time, and crushed the competition. Nobody was even close to him.
      CoolWaters
      • 3 Months Ago
      Did that say an EV was 5th overall? Already!
        Ricardo Gozinya
        • 3 Months Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Yep, and the Lightning was 9th overall. That bike's not exactly race tested either, but already beating all the other bikes.