MITSUBISHI MOTORS TAKES ON THE PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR
Tokyo, June 3, 2014 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will enter two MiEV Evolution III all-electric racecars in the 2014 edition of the world-famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (Pikes Peak, June 23 to June 29) in Colorado, United States. MMC will use two MiEV Evolution III all-electric racecars, which combine the best of MMC’s electric vehicle and four-wheel drive control technologies.
MMC has competed twice before in the Electric Division in 2012 and 2013, and now with the MiEV Evolution III, hopes to take its first victory, this time in the new Electric Modified Division.
About the MiEV Evolution III:
The MiEV Evolution III racecar is an improved and evolved version of last year’s MiEV Evolution II. Main components including high-capacity battery, high-output electric motor and electric powered 4WD consisting of four electric motors have been retained with improvements made to give better motive and cornering performance.
To reduce weight in the pipe-frame chassis the design has rationalised and some structural materials have been replaced. Total motor output of four motors has been boosted from 400 kW to 450 kW and to ensure all the extra power is put down on the road surface the tyres have been uprated in size from 260/650-18 to 330/680-18. Accordingly downforce has been increased with a new carbon cowl design and with wind-tunnel optimisation of the spoiler and other detail shapes.
Evolutionary development of the S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system has improved traction control performance and has reduced wheel slip by controlling vehicle attitude more precisely when near the limit of adhesion. These improvements allow the driver to extract the full potential of the racecar’s awesome handling with confidence and reassurance.