The i-MiEV Evolution combines some of the same components as the production i with others developed by partner companies.
The Electric Class of the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which takes place July 3-8, is shaping up as a showcase for several exciting new EV models. Mitsubishi announced this week that it will be fielding both a souped-up version and a production version of the i-MiEV, driven by veterans Hiroshi Masuoka and Beccy Gordon.
The i-MiEV Evolution combines some of the same components as the production i with others developed by partner companies. It has a racing-specific body with a tube-frame chassis and a carbon fiber cowl, as well as other features designed to reduce weight and improve aerodynamic performance. There are three motors, one driving the front and two driving the rear wheels, providing four-wheel drive and a total of 240 kW of power.
The production Mitsubishi i that will climb Pikes Peak has been fitted with a more aerodynamic front bumper, roll bars and other safety equipment.
Hiroshi Masuoka won the Dakar Rally in 2002 and 2003. “Given the tough driving conditions that Pikes Peak is known for, I'm really keen to show people the world over that electric vehicles are capable of gutsy motive performance and excellent handling in addition to their superior environmental performance.”
Beccy Gordon comes from a family of racing drivers, and is a winner in the Score International Off-Road Racing Series. “I'm really happy to be able to drive the Mitsubishi i in the Pikes Peak race and am looking forward to giving it my best in an electric car, the type of vehicle that is set to become a major player in motor sports in future.”