The original i-MiEV Evolution competed in the Pikes Peak last year, completing the course in 10m 31sec and earning a second-place finish in the electric vehicle class. Overall, it finished eighth out of a total 170 entries, setting times faster than many petrol-powered rivals.
Mitsubishi's MiEV Evolution II, which is hoped to attain a first-place finish overall, uses parts from production vehicles combined with a specially designed high-performance battery and electric motors.
Experience from last year's race has led to the addition of Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control system, as well as a two-front/two-rear four-motor drivetrain, in order to improve the car's performance.
Power has risen considerably, with the original Evolution offering a total 321bhp and the new Evolution a total of 536bhp. Other changes include reductions in weight and aerodynamic improvements, partly thanks to a specially designed body.