In the 2012 staging of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race, Mitsubishi Motors fielded two all-electric cars: the i-MiEV Evolution, which utilized the major components of the i-MiEV production model in a prototype platform, and the i, which was a production i-MiEV that had a more aerodynamic front bumper and was fitted with numerous safety equipment.
For the 2013 edition of the race, Mitsubishi will again run two electric cars it has dubbed the MiEV Evolution II all-electric prototypes.
Like last year's i-MiEV Evolution, the MiEV Evolution II uses parts used in production vehicles combined with a high-capacity battery and high-output motors that have been specially designed by Mitsubishi's suppliers. Based on experience gained from last year's race, Mitsubishi added its Super All-Wheel Control integrated vehicle dynamics control system to a two-front/two-rear four-motor drivetrain for increased handling and control. Together with a specially designed body that reduces weight and improves aerodynamics, this reportedly has resulted in a significant improvement in driving dynamics.
According to Mitsubishi, one MiEV Evolution II will be driven by two-time Dakar Rally champion Hiroshi Masuoka, who piloted the i-MiEV Evolution to second place in the Electric Class last year and also serves as the captain of the Mitsubishi team. The second MiEV Evolution II will be piloted by six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion Greg Tracy.
Mitsubishi added that it will utilize the data and technical know-how it will learn in its participation in the event "for eventual use in future production vehicles."