There will only ever be one i-MiEV Evolution. When its competition career is concluded, it’ll probably find a home in the museum metres from the track where we tested it, beside Gilles Panizzi’s 2005 Lancer Evo WRC car and Pentti Airikkala’s 1982 Lancer Turbo.

You could offer millions and the men from MMC would just smile politely and shake their heads. It's not for sale.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Chief tester
For Bluetooth connectivity, you’ll need an aftermarket solution

We usually praise electric cars for their lack of appetite for fuel, and we’ll do the same here. But don’t think this would be a cheap car to run.

Everywhere it goes, there follows an 18-wheel articulated quick-charging station and a team of enthusiastic engineers, whose consumption of hot saki and salmon skin rolls will more than offset the saving in Sunoco.

Handily, though, the selection of stock i-MiEV parts that constitute the car’s powertrain should make it a bit easier to service and repair than your average one-off experimental high-performance EV.

The typical concerns about range will no doubt put many buyers off however, the i-MiEV's praticality issues even more so.

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