Mitsubishi Motors Revolutionary MiEV Evolution II Finishes 2nd and 3rd in the
EV Division at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 1, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Mitsubishi Motors North
America, Inc. (MMNA) saw the company's advanced all-new MiEV Evolution II race
car place second and third in class in the EV Division in the 91st running of
the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) in the talented hands
of two-time Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka and six-time PPIHC motorcycle
champion Greg Tracy.
The race, held on June 30th, commenced in the morning under a calm, clear blue
sky; however these ideal weather conditions took a turn for the worse and a
downpour of rain hit the track just before the pair of MiEV Evolution II race
cars commenced their runs at this legendary time trial event.
Just as Greg Tracy – who was the fastest qualifier within the Electric Vehicle
division – approached the time for his run up the mountain, the poor weather
forced the team to make a quick tire swap to grooved tires rather than the
higher performance non-grooved racing slicks. Both Tracy and Masuoka raced in
extremely difficult wet conditions, along with limited visibility in the
higher sections of the race course, resulting in Masuoka recording a time of
10 minutes, 21.866 seconds, with Tracy following closely behind at 10 minutes,
Yet even in these challenging conditions, the pair broke last year's second
place time in the EV Division of 10 minutes, 30.850, achieved in 2012 by
Masuoka piloting the Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution on a dry road in optimal
Finishing in second-place in the Electric Division for a second year in a row,
team captain and driver Masuoka commented on the race: "Just before the start,
since the road became completely wet, we had to swap the tires from slicks to
grooved. Even with the grooved tires, the pavement was really wet and the car
was sliding around quite a bit. It really was treacherous conditions to drive
in, but both cars were able to make it to the top safely. Since we were aiming
for the win, the result is quite disappointing. While due to this rain, it is
easy to blame the result on our luck, we must also realize our weakness and
continue to make improvements for the future."
For Greg Tracy, this was his first Pikes Peak attempt piloting a race car
rather than a motorcycle. While disappointed by the outcome, Tracy reflected
upon his difficult ascent to the summit: "Since I was aiming for the win, I am
thoroughly disappointed. Due to the heavy rain that came pouring down just
before our run, the conditions were not drivable. With that said, we should
probably be satisfied just by finishing safely. Since it was dry during every
practice session, we literally had zero time in the car in rainy conditions.
However, since the MiEV Evolution II ran so well in the dry, I really would
like to come back to do this again, aiming for the win."
A completely all-new design from the ground up, the technologically-advanced
MiEV Evolution II features a unique quad-motor (two front/two rear)
drivetrain, next-generation lithium-ion batteries by Lithium Energy Japan
(LEJ), an optimized all-electric version of Mitsubishi's exceptionally capable
Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system and wind
tunnel-derived, aerodynamically-enhanced carbon-fiber bodywork.
For more information, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and 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
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SOURCE Mitsubishi Motor Sales of America, Inc.
Contact: Roger Yasukawa, Manager, Product Communications, Mitsubishi Motors,
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