Mitsubishi has improved the performance and the technology of its electric-powered Pikes Peak-bound hill-climb EV race car.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) announced today it will compete in the Electric Modified Division of the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) with a pair of MiEV Evolution III 100 percent electric-powered purpose-built race cars.

The MMNA race car is powered by four electric motor (two front, two rear) which are based on a modified high-output version of the production Mitsubishi i-MiEV EV motor. These are managed by a modified version of Mitsubishi Motors’ Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive technology.

MMNA stated numerous key improvements have been made to this year’s MiEV Evolution III entries. These changes include:

  • A significant power increase from the electric motors to 450 kilowatts (603 horsepower), up from last year’s 400 kilowatts (536 horsepower)
  • A redesigned tube-frame chassis with new structural materials for reduced weight
  • A completely redesigned and wind tunnel-optimized front bodywork/spoiler for more downforce
  • A redesign of the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system for improved handling and traction control performance

This year marks the 92nd running of the Race to the Clouds, which will be held June 29 near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

First run in 1916, the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a treacherous 12.42-mile, 156 corner road course through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.  The starting line is at an elevation of 9,390 feet and finish is at 14,110 feet – nearly 3 miles above sea level.

The Pikes Peak race is the second oldest motorsports event in the United States after the Indianapolis 500.

“Pikes Peak is an excellent laboratory for testing our advanced MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) technology,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president MMNA. “It not only features high elevations but also a range of weather conditions to challenge the performance and reliability of our technology.”

Last year’s pilots, Hiroshi Masuoka and Greg Tracy, will return for this year’s Mitsubishi Motors EV race team effort at winning the Electric Modified Division.

Finishing in second place in the EV Division at Pikes Peak last year, Masuoka is a former two-time Dakar Rally overall champion while Tracy – last year’s third place EV Division finisher – is a six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion.