Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III Heading to Pikes Peak

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Mitsubishi has unveiled its entry for this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The Japanese automaker will be bringing a pair of MiEV Evolution III race cars to this year’s event, with both of them competing in the Electric Modified division as 100 percent electric-powered purpose-built race cars.

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Both drivers competing in last year’s event will return this year, Hiroshi Masuoka and Greg Tracy. Last year, Masuoka finished in second place in the EV division while Tracy earned a third place finish.

Numerous key improvements were made for the latest version of the MiEV Evolution race car, with power being increased from 563 hp to 603 hp. In addition, a redesigned tube-frame chassis with new structural materials helps reduce weight, while a completely redesigned and wind tunnel-optimized bodywork and front spoiler increases downforce. Lastly, the automaker has redesigned the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system for improved handling and traction control performance.

The 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will kick off on June 29.

“Pikes Peak is an excellent laboratory for testing our advanced MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) technology,” states Don Swearingen, executive vice president Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). “It not only features high elevations but also a range of weather conditions to challenge the performance and reliability of our technology.”

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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