Car vs. Bike – Rally Edition

Evo has been doing a pretty interesting Car vs. Bike track battle series. The latest installment is particularly interesting because they put a KTM motocross bike up against some rally cars. Up first is a hardcore Safari rally gravel spec 240Z followed by a tarmac spec Mitsubishi Evolution. I won’t spoil the results, but it’s interesting to see how the driving styles are changed for running long travel suspension and gravel tires on tarmac. There’s also a jump on the course where the effects of vehicle weight on speed are hyper amplified.

Source: EVO on YouTube

Electric Race Cars of Pikes Peak 2013

The Fast Lane checks out the Toyota Motorsports Group EV P002 and the Mitsubishi i-Miev Evolution to see what incremental improvements were made to take on the mountain this year. Both cars are now capable of more power output and downforce compared to how they ran during 2012. The video include interviews with the engineers and footage from their practice sessions.

Source: The Fast Lane Car on YouTube

Mitsubishi i-Miev Evolution Pikes Peak

Mitsubishi was gracious enough to grant Autocar a test drive of their i-Miev Evolution electric race car that competed in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Despite a crash in practice, the i-Miev Evolution did well to finish second in the EV class and ninth overall. Mitsubishi campaigned a stock i-Miev alongside this purpose built tube frame race car. At first glance, the two cars only seem to share a greenhouse shape, bit it turns out the i-Miev Evolution uses three i-Miev motors and two of its battery packs. Two of the motors drive the rear wheels while the last one powers the front wheels on the Evolution version. We’re not going to see a street version of this exact car, but a lot of things learned from its development are going into the next Lancer Evolution which Mitsubishi has already gone on record to say will be a performance hybrid.

Source: Autocar on YouTube

2012 World Time Attack Challenge – 7Tune *UPDATED*

7Tune put together some amazing coverage of all of the action from this year’s World Time Attack Challenge from Eastern Creek in Australia. Last year’s defending champion is the Cyber Evo. The Cyber Engineering team wanted to retire the car, but decided to bring it out for one more go at WTAC. They were plagued with a ton of technical problems and ultimately retired when the engine’s rear main seal failed and started an engine fire (there’s a shot of it in the video). This year’s winner was a new team from Australia with their Evo named Nemo.

Source: 7Tune on YouTube

**UPDATE**  I found some development footage of the Cyber Evo as they were trying to get ready for the WTAC after the decision was made to delay the retirement of the car. The first video is about the development of the brand new aero package from C-West. Continue reading

On Site with Mitsubishi at the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Mitsubishi released this video of their EV program at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. They fielded two cars, a stock i-Miev and a tube frame i-Miev Evolution that has three motors and almost twice the output. There is footage of the i-Miev Evolution being crashed in practice. The team repaired the car and it came back to place second in the EV category and 8th overall with a 10:30.850. The stock i-Miev was the only showroom stock car to compete and finished with a 15:10.557. For reference, the Toyota P002 finished first in the EV class and 6th overall with a 10:15.380 which is less than 30 seconds off the overall record. Monster Tajima’s E-Runner DNF’ed with technical problems after running strong in practice. The P002 now owns the EV record for the Nurburgring Nordschleife and Pikes Peak.

Source: Mitsubishi Motors on YouTube and DIY Electric Car