Mitsubishi is competing in the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a specially designed electric-powered race version of its i-MiEV model.
The Japanese carmaker said the i-MiEV Evolution features a carbon-fiber body, a tube-frame chassis, a tri-motor configuration and a specially adapted all-wheel drive system. The car's electric motors and its batteries are similar to those used in the production version of the i-MiEV.
The Pikes Peak race, which has been held in the Colorado mountains every year since 1916, is a challenging 12.4 mile hill climb that starts at 9,390 feet and ends at 14,110 feet. The course has 156 corners.
Mitsubishi is also participating in the race with a regular all-electric i-MiEV. The only changes to the car areÂ aerodynamically-enhanced front and rear bumper sections, performance shock absorbers and springs and the addition of competition safety equipment.