Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will enter the i-MiEV Prototype at the 2012 edition of the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. The i-MiEV Prototype is a prototype based on the MMC’s all-electric i-MiEV model, the first 100% electric vehicle (EV) to go into mass production and already on the road in Japan, Europe and North America, with plans to expand to other markets.
The i-MiEV Prototype will be driven by renowned rally driver and back-to-back Dakar Rally Winner Hiroshi Masuoka at the 2012 PPIHC. Masuoka has been driving the Pajero and Pajero Evolution competitively for a very long time, and last year visited the Philippines for the launch of the more powerful Montero Sport GTV.
The i-MiEV Prototype will use the same EV components as the current production i-MiEV. MMC will use the data obtained through its participation in the event to enhance the durability and reliability of pure EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs which it will be bringing to market in the near future.
In addition to MMC’s participation in the race, engineers from MMC’s development division as well as from its partner manufacturers of batteries, motors and other EV components will be sent to the event to collaborate closer on the sharing of technology and knowhow for the purpose of further boosting MMC’s EV development capabilities.