Published on July 11th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro
Video: Mitsubishi’s Record Run At Pikes Peak
Pikes Peak has become the unofficial race course for electric vehicles looking to make their mark, and this year a pair of custom Mitsubishi electric racers showed the racing world that the future is electric with a new record run. Coming in second and third place overall as well as setting a new EV class record, Mitsubishi showed up not with a roar, but a whine.
A whining electric motor that is, as you can see and hear in this video from the GT Channel. One can’t help but be reminded of a go-kart as this electric race car zips up the newly-paved road at Pikes Peak, on its way to a 9:08.188 run up the 12.42 mile course. That beat’s out Monster Tajima’s record from last year by more than 38 seconds, and gets EVs closer to the top over the pack overall.
As for all the haters whining in the comments about the sound? Get over it. I love the sound of a growling, angry, 500 horsepower V8 as much as anyone, but Formula E won me over with the sound its electric race cars, and I’ve since come around to appreciating electric motors for their unique whine. It’s not like the fart can sticking out the back of every other Honda Civic isn’t any less annoying, and the futuristic sound of electric cars racing by is something I for one look forward.
Here’s hoping Mitsubishi comes back next year for a try at the overall top spot, showing the world electric racers are here to stay.