Mitsubishi EV to climb Pikes Peak; Geneva Motor Show Preview #2

March 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mitsubishi is to run an i-MiEV-based prototype in the legendary Pikes Peak hillclimb in July. The one-off single-seat racing EV – which looks a little like a Smart Roadster, upon first impression – shares its powertrain with the road-going city car, but is lower, lighter and purpose-designed to charge up the 14,110-foot Colorado course. Its driver will be twice-Dakar Rally champ Hiroshi Masuoka.

More news today:

  • Bentley is considering an SUV, with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, reports Automotive News Europe. A concept previewing this could be revealed in Geneva tomorrow…
  • Another Geneva preview: Smart Brabus Fortwo ed (electric-drive), with the usual Brabus trimmings, including 17-inch alloys, plus a very lurid-looking green interior trim; Brabus e-bike (pedelec), capable of 25 mph. Press release, picture gallery posted at Autoblog Green.
  • Audi’s revealed the R18 E-tron quattro, its hybrid 2012 Le Mans contender. This features a 3.7 V6 diesel engine driving the rear axle and twin electric motors powering the front wheels, plus flywheel energy storage. More details at Autocar. And Audi’s  planning to filter down its E-tron plug-in hybrid tech through the road car range, starting with versions in the A3, A4 and Q7, from 2014; e-tron models in every model-range by 2020. Full rundown of chairman Rupert Stadler’s annual press conference speech at Green Car Congress.
  • More Geneva: The LC Super Hybrid, created by CPT (Controlled Power Technologies) and the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium, is touted as a “micro mild hybrid”. It’s based on a Volkswagen Passat 1.4 TSI with added electric supercharger, and delivers 50.4mpg and under 130g/km (down from 140g/km) despite a 20hp power boost (to 140hp) and improved acceleration. The tech costs an estimated 750-1,500 euros, and it’s being proposed as a low-cost solution for mass-market engine downsizing. Detailed lowdown at Green Car Congress.
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