In May 2012, Mistubishi unveiled a completely unexpected version of the i-MiEV electric jellybean to challenge the climb up Pikes Peak, the MiEV Evolution. In 2013, the company unleashed the MiEV Evolution II. For 2014, well, you can probably guess.

Say hello to the MiEV Evolution III. The latest, ahem, evolution of these cars features redesigned chassis and bodywork as well as a 50 kW boost to the electric motors, up to 450 kW, which translates to a 67 horsepower increase up to 603 hp. Two of these bad boys will tackle the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) later this month in the Electric Modified Division at the hands of drivers Greg Tracy and Hiroshi Masuoka. The race starts at 9,390 feet and ends at 14,110 feet above sea level and takes place June 29.

Mitsubishi hasn't yet managed to win the EV category in. The first Evolution crashed during practice and last year Masuoka came in second in the EV division while Tracy came in third. The 2013 winner was Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima in the Monster Sport E-Runner. Will the third time be the charm?
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Mitsubishi Motors to Compete in the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for Third Consecutive Year
Pair of advanced MiEV Evolution III all-electric racecars to compete


Mon, Jun 02, 2014 - Cypress, California -

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) will compete in the Electric Modified Division of the prestigious 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) with a pair of technologically-advanced MiEV Evolution III 100% electric-powered purpose-built racecars in the 92nd running of the "Race to the Clouds" on June 29th near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

First run in 1916, the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a treacherous 12.42-mile/156 corner road course through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado commencing at an elevation of 9,390 feet and finishing at 14,110 feet – nearly 3 miles above sea level. The Pikes Peak race is the second oldest motorsports event in the United States after the Indianapolis 500.

"Pikes Peak is an excellent laboratory for testing our advanced MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) technology," states Don Swearingen, executive vice president Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), "it not only features high elevations but also a range of weather conditions to challenge the performance and reliability of our technology."

Last year's talented driving duo of Hiroshi Masuoka and Greg Tracy will return for this year's Mitsubishi Motors EV race team effort at winning the Electric Modified Division.

Finishing in second place in the EV Division at Pikes Peak last year, Masuoka is a former two-time Dakar Rally overall champion while Tracy – last year's third place EV Division finisher – is a six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion.

Building upon the innovative four electric motor drivetrain (two front/two rear) based on a modified high-output version of the production Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle motor and Mitsubishi Motors' highly acclaimed advanced Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive technology, numerous key improvements have been made to this year's MiEV Evolution III entries. These changes include:

A significant power increase from the electric motors to 450 kW (603 bhp), up from last year's 400 kW (536 bhp)
A redesigned tube-frame chassis with new structural materials for reduced weight
A completely redesigned and wind tunnel-optimized front bodywork/spoiler for more downforce
A redesign of the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system for improved handling and traction control performance

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all research & development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and financial services for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells sedans and crossovers/SUVs through a network of approximately 400 dealers. MMNA is leading the way in the development of highly-efficient, affordably-priced new gasoline-powered automobiles while using its industry-leading knowledge in battery electric vehicles to develop future EV and PHEV models. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.


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      EVSUPERHERO
      • 12 Hours Ago
      Well, look at you Mitsubishi! Ah, race on Sunday, sell on Monday. That is how NASCAR was started and Ford, Chrysler and GM sold a bunch of cars using this technique. The shorter the race the more EV's will be able to compete at this time. In the futrure racing EV's will slowly take over the records of ICE vehicles on longer and longer races. Battery energy density= racing fuel energy density and beyond. How come we don't see any hydrogen racers?
        paulwesterberg
        • 12 Hours Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Because fuel cell stacks like to putter along providing a steady stream of electricity and are really bad at providing an enormous amount of peak power?
      GoodCheer
      • 12 Hours Ago
      I understand the air splitter / chin spoiler, but can someone explain to me the function of the 'eyelashes' on the front of the front fenders (roughly where headlights might go)? Is there an air inlet there for front brakes or something?
        CoolWaters
        • 12 Hours Ago
        @GoodCheer
        Could be 1) additional aero downforce on the front tires. Those pike peak curves are nasty at speed. 2) additional brake cooling.
      Dave D
      • 12 Hours Ago
      It won't be long until they have the record for all vehicle types. They would have had a shot at it this year if Sebastien Loeb hadn't SMASHED it last year LOL But don't worry, an EV will eventually take it. The thin air up there gives them a real power advantage so it's only a matter of time.
      porosavuporo
      • 12 Hours Ago
      Interesting bit is, that EVs are actually at advantage climbing Pike's peak. At that altitude, ICE starts to run a little low on oxygen.
      MikeThinker
      • 12 Hours Ago
      No battery info? Are they using a super capacitor like Toyota?
      Spec
      • 12 Hours Ago
      Please put a little more battery into your i-MiEV, Mitz. Thanks.