Mitsubishi is coming back to Pikes Peak with a pair of improved electric vehicles with new tube frame chassis and more power. Using modified versions of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV’s electric motor, can these electric racers beat out the competition in the Race to the Clouds?
The MiEV Evolution III electric race cars will boast a whopping 450kW, or 536 horsepower sent to all four wheels via four dedicated electric motors. The Super All-Wheel Control system has also been tweaked for improved performance, offering better handling and tractions of Pikes Peak’s newly-paved roadways. More power and better handling is only part of the equation though.
An all-new tube-frame chassis has been built with better, lighter materials, reducing overall weight of the MiEV Evolution III, and time in the wind tunnel has led to more aerodynamically-pleasing bodywork and spoilers. This equation will all add up at the Peak, though Mitsubishi will have plenty of electric competition. Monster Tajima is returning to the Peak to beat the record he set in the electric class last year, and there are a few dark horse and well-known contenders that could upset things as well.
I’m just glad to see Mitsubishi hasn’t given up its hopes of conquering this high-altitude race, where electric vehicles have an inherent advantage in the thin air.