Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. will field two MiEV Evolution II pure-electric race cars in the Electric Vehicle Division of the world-famous 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) scheduled on June 30, 2013 near Colorado Springs, Colorado. The racing EVs will be driven by two-time Dakar Rally overall champion Hiroshi Masuoka returns and six-time Pikes Peak overall motorcycle champion Greg Tracy. The Mitsubishi Motors Racing Team tested its MiEV Evolution II racing units at Pikes Peak on June 15 and 16, 2013. The vehicle testing showed that the team's EV racing prototypes are all ready to challenge the Race to the Clouds. The MiEV Evolution II boasts of a distinct four-motor drivetrain -- two in the front and another two in the rear -- based on a modified high-output version of the production Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle motor.
The MiEV Evolution II also boasts of a tube-frame chassis, Mitsubishi's advanced Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive technology and aerodynamically enhanced carbon-fiber bodywork. It features state-of-the-art high-capacity lithium-ion batteries produced by Lithium Energy Japan (LEJ). The 2012 edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb saw the debut of Mitsubishi Motors in the EV Division. The team's i-MiEV Evolution racing prototype driven by Masuoka managed to secure the second spot in the EV class. The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a 12.42-mile snake-like course that starts at an elevation of 9,390 feet and finishes at 14,110 feet.
"I was very impressed with the performance and capabilities of last year's Pikes Peak racing car," said Masuoka. "But the improved power output, Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) handling and level of downforce exhibited from this year's all-new MiEV Evolution II is remarkable." Teammate Greg Tracy also came away impressed with the unique quad-motor 400 kW (536 bhp) all-electric race car. "Having watched Mitsubishi Motors' success last year in their inaugural Pikes Peak run, and having used Mitsubishi's S-AWC in my World Record Loop at the X Games, I was honored to be given the opportunity to race for MMNA in the EV Division. Having now tested the car, I am even more thrilled."