2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is Official Safety Vehicle at Pikes Peak

Article by Anita Panait, on June 21, 2013

The redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover will serve as the “Official Safety Vehicle” for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) slated for June 30. The seven-seat 2014 Outlander is suited to be the “Official Safety Vehicle” for this annual hill climb as it boasts of several technologically-advanced safety features like the Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM).

2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) will take place in the spectacular Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Participants will have to conquer a snake-like Pikes Peak road course that is 12.42 miles in length.

They have to challenge 156 corners and battle a daring climb from an elevation of 9,390 feet to 14,110 feet. This year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the 91st running of the event since 1916, making it the second oldest motor race in the United States after the Indianapolis 500.

Aside from its safety technology, the new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander boasts of the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system that provides outstanding stability, traction and control, making it ideal not only for challenging the snake-like Pikes Peak course but also for braving the ever-changing weather and road conditions along the route.

Mitsubishi Motors will also serve as the Presenting Sponsor at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Tasked as a supplemental safety vehicle to the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is the iconic Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution high-performance sports sedan. The Outlander and Lancer Evolution were specifically built for the Pikes Peak race.

About the same size as the current model, the next generation 4655mm Mitsubishi Outlander tracks a concise design briefing that, true to Mitsubishi, had key directions to create a car perfect for an engineer with a solid, safe, simple shape, combining a substantive look with crisp surfaces, as promoted by the PX-MiEV and PX-MiEV II concept cars.

From its elevated flanks to raised waistline to clean surfaces, from strong shoulders to softly contoured fenders, the new Outlander provides a comforting feeling of peaceful protection and safety – a superior vehicle car without any cheap styling frills and conceived for the long-distance travels its advanced powertrain is meant for.

Minimal but strong, the Outlander's exterior is improved more with a slender, streamlined front grille with stylish chrome strips that seem to protect the three-diamond emblem, between the graceful appearance of the sculpted wrap-around headlights.

This same superior look continues inside with high-quality materials (padded surfaces, soft-touch finish, silver or wood accents, gloss black appliqués) beautifying a dashboard that has a design for improved concentration with ergonomic steering wheel controls and high-resolution, accessible instrument screens.

Press Release

MITSUBISHI MOTORS ALL-NEW OUTLANDER THE “OFFICIAL SAFETY VEHICLE” OF THE 2013 PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is proud to announce that its completely redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover will be the “Official Safety Vehicle” for this year’s 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) to be held on June 30, 2013.

With available technologically-advanced safety features including Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM),the stylish seven-passenger 2014 Outlander will represent Mitsubishi in serving as the “Official Safety Vehicle” for this annual motorsports extravaganza.

Held in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains in Colorado Springs, the challenging Pikes Peak International Hill Climb features a unique road course that is 12.42 miles in length with 156 corners, commencing at an elevation of 9,390 feet and finishing at 14,110 feet – nearly three miles above sea level. First run in 1916, this annual event is the second oldest motor race in America after the Indianapolis 500.

In addition to its remarkable safety technology, the new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is available with the company’s outstanding Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system that provides superior stability, traction and control – perfect for negotiating not only the many serpentine twists and turns of the Pikes Peak course but also the harsh weather and road conditions that can change in an instant along this high-elevation route.

Mitsubishi Motors will also serve as the Presenting Sponsor at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The legendary Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution high-performance sports sedan will also join the dynamic new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover as a supplemental safety vehicle. These vehicles were built specifically for the race with support coming from AEM®, BBS USA, Cobb Tuning, DC Sports®, Kenwood USA Corporation, and Muellerized Suspension Tuning.

In Mitsubishi Motors’ debut in last year’s running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, its innovative i-MiEV Evolution all-electric prototype racing car (using the identical electric motors and lithium-ion battery cells found in the 100% electric-powered Mitsubishi i-MiEV production vehicle) scored an impressive second-place finish in the Electric Vehicle Division in 2013.

This year, Mitsubishi Motors will return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with an all-new, more powerful 100% electric-powered prototype racing car dubbed the MiEV Evolution II in a two-car assault, in the very capable hands of two-time Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka and six-time Pikes Peak overall motorcycle champion and 2002 SCORE International off-road series champion Greg Tracy.

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