Words by Carl Trocio | Photos courtesy of Peugeot Sport
Let it be known that the French have declared war to reclaim their title on American soil and sends their message through a rally. What iz zis you say? Ze Fronch are edded to Amyerica? Sacre bleu! But before you le click the le share boot-ton, there’s time to read the rest of this article.
French carmaker, Peugeot (pronounced as 'pyu-joe') is coming to America to join the country’s second oldest auto race - the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The battle shall take place in Colorado this June 30, 2013 where those who dare shall climb a 20 kilometer mountain track with more twists and turns than a local telenovela (156 turns to be exact). With a speedy ascent of 2,862 meters to the 4,300 meter summit, the altitudes’ thinning air adds to the perils to be faced by the racers, aside from the more threatening and more obvious danger of falling off the peak.
Although it's true that electric-powered cars have been around for quite some time now, the common misconception about them is that they aren't as good as their gas-powered counterparts. Well, at least in terms of performance. Enter the Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution.
The i-MiEV Evolution is the latest Frankenstein to come out from the workshop of Mitsubishi Motors Company (MMC). Set to compete in the upcoming 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this July, this is surely one electric car that's made to give petrol-power a run for their money.
In a sport dominated by 900 horsepower purpose-built monsters, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is taking on the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb challenge in an all-electric production - a first in the brand’s history. Based on their road-going hatchback, the i-MiEV prototype is heading to the slopes of Colorado in the U.S. on the 8th of July to race against the clock to the heavens, driven by no less than legendary two-time Dakar Rally winner Hiroshi Masuoka.
Describing the Pikes Peak-bound i-MiEV prototype as “based on the production model” is actually a bit of a misnomer. You see, judging from the sketches from Mitsubishi, this prototype looks absolutely nothing like its road-going counterpart. The main cabin has been narrowed to fit just one occupant, while its wheelbase and track width extended so much so that it should more or less look like an odd Le Mans prototype Frankenstein.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Suzuki Sport
Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima proved to world yet again why he's called “King of the Mountain” when finally he shattered the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb's 10-minute barrier last June 26, 2011. Piloting a purpose-built 900 horsepower Team GoPro Monster Sport Suzuki SX4, Monster conquered the 20-kilometer 156-turn “Race to the Clouds,” and reached the 4,300 meter high summit in just 9 minutes and 51.278 seconds, capturing his sixth consecutive overall victory in the process. Strap on your seat belts and take the closest thing to a shotgun ride (courtesy of GoPro) with Monster on what is currently the fastest way up Colorado's Pikes Peak.