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Mitsubishi Motors takes divisional honours at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

2nd Jul, 2014

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) driver, Greg Tracy, has won his class and finished second outright at this year’s world-famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in his all-electric MiEV Evolution III race car. Tracy also set the fourth fastest time in Pikes Peak history.  

Tracy posted a time of 9 minutes 08 seconds 188 on race day, handing him victory in the Electric Modified Division, while his team-mate Hiroshi Masuoka finished second in the Electric Modified Division and third in the event’s outright placings with a time of 9 minutes 12 seconds 204.  This year, Mitsubishi Motors entered two MiEV Evolution III all-electric race cars – which combine the best of MMC's electric vehicle (EV) and four-wheel drive control technologies – in the Electric Modified Division. The team’s domination of the Electric Modified Division, podium finish and performance during the event provide the clearest indication yet of the advanced level of MMC's EV and four-wheel drive control technologies. 

Held in Colorado in the United States, the iconic motorsport event was run over seven days from June 23-29, with the race day on Sunday 29 June. Greg Tracy said he was extremely happy to be able to deliver the Electric Modified class victory to Mitsubishi Motors. 

“The Mitsubishi Motors team prepared a fantastic race car for me. I want to thank the team and also Masuoka-san who helped to develop this phenomenal race car to capture this win. This victory is truly a team effort,” he said. 

“The road surface condition today was rather slippery but the S-AWC had eliminated any unnecessary drift of the car, and I was able to attack turns all the way to the top with full confidence. 

“I am really proud to be able to deliver the victory in the Electric Modified Division to Mitsubishi Motors driving the MiEV Evolution III."

Mitsubishi Motors has entered the Pikes Peak Hill Climb three years in a row since 2012, viewing it as an opportunity to verify the performance of major EV components. 

In the 2012 race MMC was able to verify the performance of the motors and battery module from the production model under gruelling conditions. In 2013, using motors and battery still under development, MMC was able to verify the performance potential of these components as well as their durability under real-world driving conditions. In the 2014 Pikes Peak, MMC has continued verification of the durability performance of the components for use in next-generation EV and PHEV models. In addition, MMC will use data from the race to not only improve four-wheel control technologies – one of MMC’s specialities – to allow future cars to drive faster and with greater stability, but also to use the experience gained at Pikes Peak to further educate the company’s control systems engineers. 

MMC plans to continue development of these four-wheel control technologies at the heart of the control systems in the e-EVOLUTION.

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