Pikes Peak is a place that has something fun for every person, from mild to wild. It is the most visited mountain in North America and the second most visited mountain in the world after Mount Fuji in Japan. Pikes Peak hosts an International Hill Climb which is the second oldest auto race in the U.S.A. Every year it gathers together many great names in the auto field. Among them this year might be Mitsubishi, a company that has announced the intention of racing in the contest with a Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II.
The Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II is an electric prototype that has as one of the goals to align the Japanese company to the rest of the brands that seem interested in having a friendly relationship with the surrounding environment. The vehicle is equipped with four electric engines, two set in the front and two at the back of the car, which produce maximum 400 kW (4 x 100 kW). The battery is able of generating 50 kWh and it is placed under the floor to allow a lower center of gravity for the race car. The size of the car is represented by a 4870 mm length, 1900 mm wideness and 1390 mm height and it has a specially designed pipe-frame chassis and a carbon cowl.
The Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II has some special technical features such as the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) and the Active Yaw Control (AYC) which optimally controls the yaw moment in order to provide the best cornering abilities. It also comes with the Active Stability Control (ASC) on board, this having the role of improving stability by controlling brake force automatically to one or more wheels. One of the prototypes will be guided in the race by the two time Dakar Rally overall champion Hiroshi Masuoka, who brought the i-MiEV Evolution on the second place in the Electric Class last year. The second MiEV Evolution II will be piloted by Greg Tracy, a six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion.
The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is also known as The Race to the Clouds especially because atmospheric pressure, temperature, weather and other conditions differ very much between the start and the finish of the race and perfect tuning for the cars is a must have in order to ensure the vehicles produce their maximum performance all the way up. Let’s see if the Mitsubishi will do it.
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