Mitsubishi’s electric i-MiEV city car, and all the i-MiEV branded concept vehicles which preceded it, have one thing in common. They’re not sporty at all. It’s odd then that the latest Mitsubishi to carry the i-MiEV title is due to compete in one of the most outrageous and unrestricted motorsport competitions in the world, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event. Even more unusual is the fact the prototype i-MiEV racer is based on technology used in the production i-MiEV.
While body and chassis may be radically different from the dull appearance of the electric city car, the racing prototype will use the same electric drivetrain. Mitsubishi’s engineers will use the data obtained through its participation in the event to enhance the durability and reliability of their future electric vehicles and plug-in rechargeable hybrid cars.
Piloting the Mitsubishi i-MiEV Pikes Peak Prototype will be Hiroshi Masuoka, a professional driver who has competed in the brutal Dakar Rally an incredible 21 times, winning consecutively in 2002 and 2003.