Mitsubishi Motors to Enter a Pair of All-New MiEV Evolution II All-Electric
Racecars in 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC)
CYPRESS, Calif., May 16, 2013
CYPRESS, Calif., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
(MMC) will compete in the 2013 edition of the world-famous Pikes Peak
International Hill Climb (PPIHC) to be held on June 30, 2013 with a pair of
all-new MiEV Evolution II all-electric four-wheel drive (4WD) prototype
With the upgraded all-new MiEV Evolution II, MMC has set its sights on an
outright victory in this legendary American race.
Held annually in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Pikes Peak International Hill
Climb (PPIHC) is an annual automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the
14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado, with entrants covering an
elevation difference of almost 4,720 feet. First run in 1916, the hill climb
celebrates its 91st running this year making it the second oldest U.S.
motorsport event after the Indianapolis 500. Also known as "The Race to the
Clouds," atmospheric pressure, temperature, weather and other conditions vary
significantly between the start and finish, requiring optimum vehicle tuning
for maximum performance.
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
Vehicle division. Participation in the event brought a wealth of data in areas
such as vehicle speed and acceleration, lithium-ion drive battery consumption,
electric motor temperature and other key information that will play an
important role in future MMC electric vehicle development.
Driving the pair of all-new MiEV Evolution II racing prototypes will be
two-time Dakar Rally champion and MMC vehicle development/test driver Hiroshi
Masuoka and six-time PPIHC motorcycle champion Greg Tracy.
Hiroshi Masuoka scored an impressive second-place finish in last year's PPIHC
in the Electric Vehicle division piloting the i-MiEV Evolution racing
In addition to competing in the event with two electric vehicles, Mitsubishi
Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is proud to announce its role as the
Presenting Sponsor of the 91^st running of PPIHC.
All-New MiEV Evolution II
Like last year's i-MiEV Evolution, the MiEV Evolution II combines parts used
in production vehicles with a high-capacity battery and high-output motors
specially-designed by MMC's suppliers. Based on experience gained from last
year's race, MMC has added a high-tech Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC)
all-wheel drive system to the innovative four-motor (two-front/two-rear)
drivetrain for increased handling and control in the MiEV Evolution II.
Together with a specially-designed body that provides reduced weight and
improved aerodynamics, the MiEV Evolution II represents a significantly
improved all-electric racing prototype.
2013 MiEV Evolution II Design Highlights
oImproved lower center of gravity due to redesigned lithium-ion battery
oImproved power output/performance from four-motor (two front/two rear) 4WD
drivetrain with MMC's Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle
dynamics control system
oActive Yaw Control (AYC) to optimally control yaw for improved high-speed
oActive Stability Control (ASC) for improved vehicle dynamics and control
by automatically managing brake force to one or more wheels as well as
oRedesigned Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
2013 MiEV Evolution II Specifications
Length x Width x Height (in.) 191.7 x 74.8 x 54.7
Motors Configuration 4 (2 front, 2 rear)
(Made by Meidensha) Maximum Output (kW) 400 (100kW x 4 motors)
Maximum Capacity (kWh) 50
(Made by LEJ)
Chassis Specially-designed tube frame
Tires (made by Dunlop) 260/660-18
Hiroshi Masuoka began his Dakar Rally campaign in 1987 and became the first
Japanese driver to post consecutive overall victories in the event when he won
in 2002 and 2003.
Currently, Masuoka works at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) where his many
duties include vehicle development, training MMC test drivers, and running
test drive sessions and other events both in Japan and overseas.
"We are able to tackle Pikes Peak a second time thanks to the support of our
many partner companies. We were able to come up with a new and improved MiEV
Evolution II based on the precious data and know-how we gained from last
year's race. We welcome Greg Tracy as our teammate. With his wealth of
motorsport experience, we will give it our all for a one-two finish. Thank you
for your continued support!," says Masuoka.
A six-time PPIHC overall motorcycle champion, Tracy placed second overall in
motorcycles in 2012.
Tracy brings a wealth of racing experience not only in motorcycles but
four-wheeled vehicles as well, and is also a professional stunt driver. As a
Hot Wheels Team Green Driver, he achieved the Guinness World Record for
completing the Double Loop Dare at XGames in 2012.
"I'm excited to compete here with the MiEV Evolution II. I will do my best,
along with my teammates, to make an electric vehicle the champ for the first
time ever," says Tracy.
2013 MMC Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) Challenge Partners
Advics Co., Ltd.
dSPACE Japan K.K.
Dunlop Goodyear Tires Ltd.
ENDLESS ADVANCE Co., Ltd.
GKN Driveline Japan Ltd.
GS Yuasa Corporation
Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.
Kenwood U.S.A. Corporation
Linear Technology Corporation
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Mitsubishi Motors Dealers Association
NHK SPRING Co., Ltd.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK LINE)
Tsuchiya Co., Ltd.
For more information on Mitsubishi Motors electric vehicles competing at Pikes
Peak, please log on to media.mitsubishicars.com, and for more on the Pikes
Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), please visit ppihc.com.
About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all
manufacturing, sales, marketing, research and development operations for
Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, sedans and sport
utility vehicles through a network of approximately 400 dealers. In November
of 2011, MMNA launched the battery-powered electric vehicle Mitsubishi i-MiEV
as part of a corporate mission to offer consumers more environmentally
responsible modes of transportation. This battery-powered electric vehicle
technology addresses the need for vehicles that produce zero tailpipe
emissions and support a growing agenda for sustainability. For more
information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or
SOURCE Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Contact: Roger Yasukawa, Manager, Product Communications, Mitsubishi Motors,
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