*UPDATE: Monster's time has now officially been posted as 9:43.9.

Looks like coming back for a third crack at the mountain was the right move for Mitsubishi. At the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this past weekend, the two all-electric Mitsubishis, one piloted by Greg Tracy, the other by Hiroshi Masuoka came in first and second, respectively, in the Electric Vehicle division.

The EVs were the third iteration of the MiEV Evolution prototype racer, which until now has had a tough time getting to the top of the podium. The first version crashed in 2012 and came in second and third – behind Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima – last year. This year, Monster suffered a transponder glitch and his final time could only be estimated at 9:46 was 9:43.9. That's pretty much the same as last year, when he finished with a 9:46.530. Last year, the Mitsubishi duo finished with times of 10:21.866 (Masuoka) and 10:23.649 (Tracy),

So, if Monster equaled his time from last year, then the Mistubishi drivers must have improved their times up the hill to beat him. They did more than that, though, dramatically lowering their times to 9:08.188 (Tracy) and 9:12.204 (Masuoka). What's most impressive is that Tracy's low time was just 2.4 seconds behind overall winner Romain Dumas, who drove a gasoline-powered Le Mans sports car prototype up the hill. Find more details below.
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MITSUBISHI MOTORS SCORES AN IMPRESSIVE 1-2 FINISH IN THE 2014 PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

Drivers Greg Tracy and Hiroshi Masuoka dominate the Electric Vehicle division in the innovative Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III racing prototype

Mon, Jun 30, 2014 - Colorado Springs, Colorado - A pair of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) technologically advanced MiEV Evolution III all-electric prototype racecars placed first and second within the Electric Vehicle division in the 92st running of the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) on Sunday, June 29th in the skillful hands of six-time PPIHC motorcycle champion Greg Tracy and two-time Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka, respectively.

Finishing a mere 2.4 seconds behind overall 2014 Pikes Peak race winner Romain Dumas and his gasoline-powered Le Mans sports car prototype, the stage has been set for highly energy-efficient and sustainable electric-powered vehicles like the Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III to soon become the dominant force in this challenging one-of-a-kind motorsport competition.

American Greg Tracy and his Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III powered their way to overall victory in the Electric Vehicle division with a remarkably quick time of 9 minutes 8.188 seconds – a new record for the category.

With his triumphant pace in the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Tracy is the first participant in the event's long-running history to record a sub-10 minute lap time in both two-wheel as well as four-wheel racing categories.

"The Mitsubishi Motors team prepared a fantastic car for me. This victory was truly a team effort," said Tracy. "I want to thank the team and also Masuoka-san for developing such a phenomenal racing machine in the MiEV Evolution III."

Japanese rally racing legend Hiroshi Masuoka recorded an excellent runner-up finish just behind teammate Tracy in the Electric Vehicle division with a time of 9 minutes 12.204 seconds.

"First of all, I would like to congratulate Greg on winning the Electric Vehicle division – he drove the MiEV Evolution III spectacularly and definitely deserves this win," said a gracious Masuoka. "I could not deliver an outright win, but I am proud to be a part of our excellent 1-2 finish. What's more, as a team principal in addition to being a driver, it's great to see our young and upcoming engineers excel in this racing program as they will play a key role in Mitsubishi Motors' development of electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology in future vehicles."

For more information on the innovative Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III and the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and ppihc.com.

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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      Technoir
      • 5 Months Ago
      So now EVs can climb hills nearly as fast as gas powered LeMans cars. No doubt EVs will be #1 next time.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 5 Months Ago
      2.4 seconds behind the best gas powered car. Next year they will dominate. No question. I called this a long time ago and nobody really paid attention to me. Please prepare to eat your hat next year, internal combustion engine... no matter how build up you are, you're gonna lose.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 5 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        As Rocky said to Clubber Lang, "go for it!" Stallone Mr. T
        TurboFroggy
        • 5 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Last years it was motorcycles that took the overall time at Pikes Peak. 2.4 second isn't much time to make up, I would concur, EV will be the fastest next year.
        Dave D
        • 5 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        I've been right there with you, every year now, agreeing that this would be the first major championship that EVs would take from ICE. The altitude makes this a place where EVs can show their stuff relative to ICE even sooner than one would expect.
      GoodCheer
      • 5 Months Ago
      Between last year and this, the Mitsubishi team shed about 70 seconds off their times. Not that anything like that will be possible again, but even 10% of that elapsed time improvement would mean they crush a frickin' LeMans car. This is some fun to watch.
      Jazzor
      • 5 Months Ago
      Ready up ICE... You should see it coming now... Ready up for retirement :)
      Ben Crockett
      • 5 Months Ago
      Congrats Mitsubishi. Makes me proud to own your PHEV. So close - next year they should have it in the bag. As battery tech improves this will be a big advantage as the thin air at altitude doesn't effect the EV unlike its gas counterparts. Now for you to filter this tech down to the EVolution !!