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Mitsubishi i-Miev Racecar To Hit Pikes Peak

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On: Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 10:10AM | By: Chris Weiss

Mitsubishi i-Miev Racecar To Hit Pikes Peak

The Mitsubishi i-Miev is a lot of things. It's inexpensive (compared to other electric vehicles). It's super efficient (the EPA's fuel economy leader). And, combining those two factors, it's an economical choice for both long and short term.

Two things the i-Miev is not: fast and powerful. The i-Miev puts out 66 hp and has a top speed around 80 mph, but that isn't stopping the company from entering the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a race version of the electric car.

Mitsubishi announced its i-Miev race intentions on Thursday, a few days after the very first US shipment of production i-Mievs (now called simply 'i') arrived in Baltimore. The prototype i-Miev racer will use the same underpinnings as the production i, which include a 49 kW electric motor. Mitsubishi will use the July event to gauge durability and reliability and make improvements to upcoming production EVs and plug-in hybrids. The company didn't provide details of the prototype's build or components in its press release.

Hiroshi Masuoka will be behind the wheel of the compact, electric racer. The racing legend has decades of racing experience, appearing in the Dakar Rally 21 times, including consecutive wins in 2002 and 2003. He sounds like the perfect man for the job.

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb, which originated in 1916, is a car and motorcycle race to the top of 14,110-foot Pikes Peak in southern Colorado. The race climbs more than 4,700 feet up a 12.42-mile course with more than 150 turns. It's a brutal test of fortitude, technical skill and adaptation - according to the show's website, the altitude drains 30 percent of a car's power by the top and also fatigues drivers.

The i-Miev will join seven other race cars (as of now) in the Electric Division. Race day is July 8 and Race Week begins on July 3.

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