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Think Mitsubishi’s iMiEV is boring and slow? Look at this.

The Mitsubishi iMiEV Evolution race car was purpose-built for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and finished eighth out of more than 100 finishers in the 2012 event. (Mitsubishi photo courtesy

Mitsubishi’s effort at conquering the electric vehicle (EV) market, the iMiEV, has been criticized by some as the oddball of the latest generation of EVs, a slow and boring transportation appliance that might not even do the mundane job of commuting as well as its competitors. If you shared that assessment and wrote the iMiEV off as a waste of resources, consider that it provides the basis for a car that can pull off a top-10 Pikes Peak Hill Climb finish.

According to the blokes at Autocar, he iMiEV Evolution racer finished eighth out of 128 finishers at the 2012 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, an event that takes competing cars from a starting altitude just shy of 10,000 feet above sea level to a finish line at more than 14,000 feet above sea level after 156 turns packed into just 12.42 miles.

The iMiEV Evolution was purpose-built for the hill climb and features three electric motors, each just like the one that powers the iMiEV you can buy at a Mitsubishi dealer today. Of course, they’re tuned for racing. With two of the motors powering the rear wheels and one splitting its power between the front wheels, the sub-1,500-lb. race car reaches 60 mph from a dead stop in just 3.8 seconds. True to form for any electric car, the full twist of its torque is available from the first press of the accelerator. Only unlike the iMiEV consumers get to buy, this one pounds out a 443 lb-ft gob of the stuff.

Thrown into a corner, the iMiEV Evolution can produce 1.3g of lateral grip– a figure supercars have a hard time beating.


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