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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mitsubishi to Enter 2x AWD 545 hp MIEV evo II in 2013 Pikes Peak

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will compete in the 2013 edition of the world-famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb*1 (Pikes Peak, held from June 25 to June 30) with the MiEV Evolution II all-electric prototype. With the upgraded MiEV Evolution II, MMC aims for overall first place. MMC's team will consist of two of the new all-electric four-wheel drive (4WD) racecars

MMC entered the Pikes Peak competition for the first time last year with the i-MiEV Evolution all-electric prototype, finishing second in the Electric Division. Participation in the event brought a rich harvest in terms of vehicle speed, acceleration and other on-road data, as well as drive battery consumption, motor temperature and other data and knowhow critical to electric vehicle development.

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 both specially designed by MMC's suppliers. Based on experience gained from last year's race, MMC added S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamics control system to a two-front/two-rear four-motor drivetrain for increased handling and control in the MiEV Evolution II. These, together with a specially-designed body that provides reduced weight and improved aerodynamics, has resulted in a significant improvement in driving dynamics.

One MiEV Evolution II will be driven by two-time Dakar Rally overall champion Hiroshi Masuoka, who piloted the i-MiEV Evolution to second place honors in the Electric Class last year and also act as Captain of the MMC team. The second MiEV Evolution II will be piloted by Greg Tracy, six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion.

About the MiEV Evolution II

The MiEV Evolution II is an all-new all-electric racecar designed with data and knowhow gained from last year's Pikes Peak race, based on parts from production electric vehicles including the i-MiEV. It carries an array of advanced technologies improved from last year's i-MiEV Evolution  packed into a specially-designed lightweight and aerodynamic body, including a high-capacity battery and four high-output electric motors for improved motive performance in addition to a pipe-frame chassis and a carbon cowl for reduced weight and improved aerodynamics.

  • A low center of gravity due to the battery being installed under the floor
  • A two-front/two-rear four-motor 4WD drivetrain with MMC's S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system
  • AYC (Active Yaw Control), which optimally controls the yaw moment to generate high cornering capability
  • ASC (Active Stability Control) which improves stability by automatically controlling brake force to one or more wheels and motive power
  • ABS (Anti-lock brake system)

     Length x Width x Height (mm)
    4,870 x 1,900 x 1,390
     Occupants
    1
     Drivetrain
    4WD
     Motors
     (Made by Meidensha)
     Configuration
    4 (2 front, 2 rear)
     Maximum Output (kW)
    400 (100kW x 4 motors)
     Battery
     (Made by LEJ)
     Maximum Capacity (kWh)
    50
     Chassis
    Specially-designed pipe frame
     Cowl
    Carbon
     Tires (made by Dunlop)
    260/660-18

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