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Mitsubishi i-MiEV Prototype Heads to Pikes Peak

Mitsubishi i-MiEV prototype imageThe Nissan Leaf won’t be the only all-electric Japanese vehicle to tackle Pikes Peak. Mitsubishi is preparing its own racer based on the all-new 2012 i (aka i-MiEV) to take on the 14,110-foot climb.

In 2011, the Nissan Leaf set the initial record in the Hill Climb’s electric production vehicle class, covering the 12.42-mile run in a respectable 14 minutes 33 seconds. The instant torque from the electric motor and the consistency from the powertrain (which wasn’t affect by the high altitude) helped it conquer this demanding event.

Mitsubishi hopes to demonstrate the reliability and performance of its EV technology in the 2012 edition of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The automaker has built an i-MiEV Prototype specially designed for the run, but it’s heavily based on the production i that’s already on the road in Japan, Europe and North America.

Piloted by legendary race car driver Hiroshi Masuoka, Mitusbishi will use the event as a learning experience to further test the capabilities of batteries, motors and other EV components used in the vehicle.

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