Mitsubishi has released more technical detail on the updated all-electric competition car that it will enter in Colorado’s legendary Pikes Peak hillclimb this weekend.
Two examples of the MiEV Evolution II will be entered in the trail-blazing ‘EV Division’ of the hillclimb on Sunday, driven by two-time Dakar rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka and Pikes Peak motorbike specialist Greg Tracy, with the firm intention of breaking Toyota’s EV course record of 10 min 15.38sec set in 2012.
The all-new MiEV Evolution II is a ground-up redesign of last year’s i-MiEV Evolution as exclusively tested by Autocar. It is not only lighter than the car it replaces, but also features a much more sophisticated transmission, has a lower centre of roll, generates four times as much downforce and produces 66 per cent more power.
Four 134bhp electric motors replace three less powerful ones for the new design, with two each driving each axle. Overall power rises from 321bhp to 536, with peak output available over a much broader operating range than before. The motors are still ostensibly the same as the ones that power Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV production EV, fitted with more sophisticated electronic controllers.