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EV Mitsubishi back at Pikes Peak. Image by Mitsubishi.

EV Mitsubishi back at Pikes Peak
More power for electric Mitsubishi racer at this year's Pikes Peak.
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What's the news?

Having finished second place in the electric car category last year, Mitsubishi is returning to Pikes Peak with a considerably upgraded racer.

The Evolution III is a development of the MiEV Evolution II, which competed in last year's event. To make it more competitive there is more power, less weight, increased grip and improved control systems. Four electric motors are fitted to give four-wheel drive with a combined power output of 603hp - up from the previous maximum of 536hp. Mitsubishi has also revised the tubular chassis to make it lighter by removing some parts and redesigning others.

Wider tyres are fitted while a revised body design and redesigned spoiler increase downforce. Finally there is an improved S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) vehicle dynamics control to reduce wheel slip and better control vehicle attitude at the limit of grip. Two cars are entered for the hill climb with drivers who have experience on Pikes Peak having driven the MiEV Evolution II there last year. Team captain is Hiroshi Masuoka, who finished second place in the electric division and has previously won the Dakar Rally. Greg Tracy, six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion, is the team's second driver.

Anything else?

Mitsubishi's Development Engineering Office will supply the team technical director and many of the mechanics supporting the cars. Lessons learned over the race week (25-27 June) will be fed back into the development of MMC EV technologies, improving S-AWC for production models and the 'e-Evolution' fusion of electric drive and the All-Wheel Control system.

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