No, that’s not a Mitsubishi i-MiEV in a fat suit, it’s the automaker’s brand-new all-electric race car, and it’s set to take on the 2012 Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb in July. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an EV enter the Pike’s Peak challenge – Nissan commissioned a Leaf for battle last year, a car that set the bar for all future electric racers.
Mitsubishi says that its race car, dubbed i-MiEV Evolution, uses the same motor, drive battery and other major components as the standard, bean-shaped electric car that we haven’t quite grown to love. Aside from the additional bodywork, the chassis has clearly been lengthened and widened, and the race car now uses an all-wheel-drive configuration rather than the rear-wheel drive of the standard i-MiEV.
To give you an idea of just how big the racer is, a quick glance of Mitsubishi’s specs show that the i-MiEV Evolution’s dimensions are within a few inches of the stock Lancer Evolution. We wouldn’t be surprised if the all-wheel-drive system was sourced from the Lancer, as well.
Mitsubishi will also be bringing two more of its EVs to the Pike’s Peak event, including an i that has been updated with a more aerodynamic front bumper and new safety equipment, as well as a bone stock model. Scroll down for the official press blast.