2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Ready for Pikes Peak Hill Cimb
August 07, 2012
Not our long-termer, of course. Wouldn't that be a hoot. But there will be two i-MiEVs making the climb.
A Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution prototype was built specifically for the Pikes Peak race course, which is more than 12 miles long and features 156 corners.
The i-MiEV Evo has the same electric motor and batteries as the production model i-MiEV but according to Mitsubishi features a "radically sculpted carbon-fiber body, a tube-frame chassis, a unique tri-motor configuration and an advanced form of Mitsubishi All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive."
The i-MiEV Evo will be driven by Japanese rally racer Hiroshi Masuoka.
A regular production model i-MiEV, just like ours but modified for racing and safety, will also make the run. It has a few aerodynamic adjustments and a roll cage, but it rides on the same tires as the regular i-MiEV. It will be piloted by off-road racer Beccy Gordon.
Here are some pictures: