Still super-cute on the outside and well-built under the hood, Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV is taking on a new challenge. An i-MiEV-based prototype will be participating in the 2012 Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado this year, also known as The Race to the Clouds.
The i-MiEV as-is won’t be participating; rather, components from the production vehicle will be examined, adjusted, and recombined to make a hill-climbing speed demon (they hope). Regardless of the outcome of the race, Mitsubishi hopes to gather valuable data to apply to future plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles.
Yes, You All Have To Go
The i-MiEV prototype won’t be going alone, either; Mitsubishi is putting together an entire team to dispatch to the Rocky Mountains. Personnel from Mitsubishi’s development department will be joined by engineers from the manufacturing companies subcontracted to provide the i-MiEV’s battery and electric motor. With the broad spectrum of knowledge and experience, Mitsubishi will be taking full advantage of information from any eventuality (up to and possibly including the car falling off the edge of a cliff).
Of course, a car can only do so much (so far) without a driver. Mitsubishi will be sending rally driver Masuoka Hiroshi, known for back-to-back successes in the Dakar Rally in 2002 and 2003.
I know I’m looking forward to seeing a new and improved i-MiEV come out of this experience, no matter where the prototype finishes at the event; what about you? Let us know in the comments, below.
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