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The race version of the i-MiEV has a carbon-fiber body (Photo: Mitsubishi)

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 are aerodynamically-enhanced front and rear bumper sections, performance shock absorbers and springs and the addition of competition safety equipment.