Mitsubishi rolls in to electric Pikes Peak battle

As far as weird racers go this car, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution, has to rank pretty high on the odd-ometer.

It's been designed to compete at this year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in July this year and uses the same motor, drive battery and other major components as the production i-MiEV, but fitted to a specially-designed body which uses a spaceframe chassis and a carbon fibre body panels.

Well, we say 'the same motor', but actually the i-MiEV Evolution uses three of the stock i-MiEV's motors, one driving the front wheels and two driving the rear wheels, giving 240KW of power (thats around 325hp).

Mitsubishi will also be propelling two more near-standard i-MiEVs up the Colorado hill, but it's the quirkily shaped Evolution version (which for reference is around the same size as an Evo X) that we'll be most interested in. Though Monster Tajima's own electric efforts or a certain RS200 might just grab a little more of our attention...



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  • dtrump 23 May 2012

    Something I just dont understand...

    So it's an electric mitsubishi racer, yup got. But why does it look sooo fking lame. Thats the problem with most electric cars. The guys building them feel the need to make them look different. 9 times out of 10 that means that it ends up looking flower friendly

    Even Mr Tajima's new car. Ok so its not flower friendly, but its not a patch on his suzuki monster.

  • EDLT 22 May 2012

    Flood said:
    How many EVs are competing? 4? Its a pretty big event, I'm sure there will still be one or two petrol entries running...
    There are a lot of cars, but it seems that many of the no limit class cars are not coming back or have been replaced with electrickery.

  • FerrousOxide 22 May 2012

    Noddy does Pike's Peak

  • Flood 22 May 2012

    How many EVs are competing? 4? Its a pretty big event, I'm sure there will still be one or two petrol entries running...

  • Mastodon2 22 May 2012

    While I'd rather see top tarmac spec cars tearing up the hill, these electrics could be interesting. As long as the focus of the competition does not lose sight of the petrol cars, the electrics could serve as an interesting side class. At the very least, I'd rather watch an electric go up the hill than a diesel.

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