Enrolling two all-electric iMiEVs for this year’s Pikes Peak, Mitsubishi Motors North America is aiming to make history by fielding its first full EV assault with a purpose-built Evolution racer and a production spec version at this legendary event.
The Evolution racer features a unique tubular space frame chassis, and specifically designed carbon fiber bodywork, as well as an advanced version of the firm’s All-Wheel-Control system. It utilizes iMiEV production spec electric motors and lithium ion battery pack. The Evolution racer will be piloted by veteran rally driver Hirosi Masuoka, winner of the 2002-03 Dakar as well as the Italian Baja and UAE events.
Joining him will be Becky Gordon, SCORE series competitor and Baja 1000 racer, who will drive the production i-MiEV up Pikes Peak. This car is nigh to identical to those currently available in Mitsubishi showrooms, save for front and rear spoilers to aid aerodynamics, plus a roll cage and safety harness, along with performance tuned shocks and springs, to better cope with the terrain.
The 2012 running of Pikes Peak started on Tuesday with preliminary procedures and festivities and culminates with the big hill climb August 12. For more information, click this link.