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The countdown is on, with ten days to go until the 91st running of the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mitsubishi Motors is ready to challenge the mountain with the all-new, more powerful 100% electric-powered prototype racing car, the MiEV Evolution II. 

The countdown is on, with ten days to go until the 91st running of the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Mitsubishi Motors is ready to challenge the mountain with the all-new, more powerful 100% electric-powered prototype racing car, the MiEV Evolution II. 

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In a two-car assault, in the very capable hands of two-time Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka and six-time Pikes Peak overall motorcycle champion and 2002 SCORE International off-road series champion Greg Tracy, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will compete in the 2013 edition of the world-famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb*1 (PPIHC held from June 25 to June 30) with the MiEV Evolution IIall-electric prototype. MMC aims for overall first place.

MMC will utilise the data and technical knowhow garnered through its participation in the event in its @earth TECHNOLOGY*2 next-generation advanced technology R&D program for eventual use in future production vehicles.

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 honours 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.

In addition, Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMC’s United States subsidiary) is participating as Presenting Sponsor for this year’s race and MMC’s new Outlander – recently awarded Japan’s JNCAP Five Star Award as well as JNCAP First Prize for outstanding safety performance*3 – will be this year’s “Official Safety Vehicle” for the world-famous race.

The MiEV Evolution II

The MiEV Evolution II is an all-new all-electric race car designed with data and knowhow gained from last year’s Pikes