Finishing a mere 2.4 seconds behind overall 2014 Pikes Peak race winner Romain Dumas and his gasoline-powered Le Mans sports car prototype, the stage has been set for highly energy-efficient and sustainable electric-powered vehicles like the Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III to soon become the dominant force in this challenging one-of-a-kind motorsport competition.
American Greg Tracy and his Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III powered their way to overall victory in the Electric Vehicle division with a remarkably quick time of 9 minutes 8.188 seconds – a new record for the category.
With his triumphant pace in the 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Tracy is the first participant in the event’s long-running history to record a sub-10 minute lap time in both two-wheel as well as four-wheel racing categories.
“The Mitsubishi Motors team prepared a fantastic car for me. This victory was truly a team effort,” said Tracy. “I want to thank the team and also Masuoka-san for developing such a phenomenal racing machine in the MiEV Evolution III.”
Japanese rally racing legend Hiroshi Masuoka recorded an excellent runner-up finish just behind teammate Tracy in the Electric Vehicle division with a time of 9 minutes 12.204 seconds.
“First of all, I would like to congratulate Greg on winning the Electric Vehicle division – he drove the MiEV Evolution III spectacularly and definitely deserves this win,” said a gracious Masuoka. “I could not deliver an outright win, but I am proud to be a part of our excellent 1-2 finish. What’s more, as a team principal in addition to being a driver, it’s great to see our young and upcoming engineers excel in this racing program as they will play a key role in Mitsubishi Motors’ development of electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology in future vehicles.”
About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all research & development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and financial services for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells sedans and crossovers/SUVs through a network of approximately 400 dealers. MMNA is leading the way in the development of highly-efficient, affordably-priced new gasoline-powered automobiles while using its industry-leading knowledge in battery electric vehicles to develop future EV and PHEV models.