Mitsubishi unveils Lancer Evolution and Outlander Pikes Peak safety cars

Mitsubishi 2013 Pikes Peak safety carsMitsubishi recently returned to motorsport with an attempt at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, but even if its cars fail to finish this year, the Japanese carmaker known for legendary rally cars will still get plenty of visibility.

For the 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Mitsubishi will be supplying officials with Lancer Evolution and Outlander safety cars.

Other than the flashing lights and red-and-white paint schemes (which, by the way, make the cars look pretty badass) Mitsubishi wasn’t clear about how the vehicles were modified, or what they would actually be doing.

The Evo and Outlander apparently got some love from performance parts manufacturers such as BBS, Cobb Tuning, AEM, and DC Sports, but the carmaker did not reveal the specific modifications.

Safety or pace cars are a common fixture in NASCAR, Formula One, and other forms of track racing, but they don’t serve much of a purpose in rallies and hill climbs like Pikes Peak.

Ordinarily, a safety car is used to set the pace before the green flag drops, and to drive out in front of the pack of racecars to slow them down in the event of a crash or other safety issues.

At Pikes Peak, though, racers head up the mountain one at a time, trying to make it to the top faster than anyone else. The course is 12.42 miles long and includes 156 corners, some taking drivers near the edge of sheer cliffs. The finish line is three miles above sea level.

2013 Mitsubishi lancer Evolution Pikes PeakWith 291 horsepower and a sophisticated all-wheel drive system, the Lancer Evo would be perfect for getting race officials to any spot on the course in a hurry, should the need arise. Both cars will probably spend most of the race ferrying people around the paddock and looking pretty.

Mitsubishi will also again be campaigning its i-MiEV Evolution electric racers at Pikes Peak this year. The improved Evolution II model will reportedly feature “high density” lithium-ion batteries, and a pavement-shredding 536 hp.

Look for many Mitsubishis at the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30.

Product Review

The Nissan Rogue is smart, handsome, and practical. What’s not to love?

Year after year, Nissan’s Rogue compact crossover is a consistent best-seller, outpacing Honda’s CR-V, and even Toyota’s mighty RAV4. We looked for the reasons why people love the 2019 Nissan Rogue, and found them.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

Adventurous and electric, Porsche’s second station wagon will arrive in 2020

The Mission E Cross Turismo concept Porsche unveiled during the 2018 Geneva Auto Show will morph into a production model tentatively named Taycan Cross Turismo. This 600-horsepower electric station wagon will arrive in showrooms by 2021.

Tesla wirelessly gives the Model 3 a 5-percent increase in power

Tesla again showed the potential of its innovative over-the-air software updating system by making the Model 3 five percent more powerful via a firmware update. The Performance model gained 23 horsepower.

Fiat wants to transform the cheeky 500 city car into an urban Tesla

Fiat is finally preparing a new 500. Scheduled to make its debut in early 2020, the retro-chic city car will go electric in part to comply with looming emissions regulations.
Product Review

Who needs a Range Rover? BMW’s X7 has better tech and just as much luxury

The 2019 BMW X7 is the German automaker’s long-overdue entry into the full-size luxury SUV segment. Packing three rows of seats and plenty of tech, can the new BMW take on Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover?

Say goodbye to Uber for good: Here's how to cut ties with the ridesharing service

If you thought that deleting the Uber app would also delete your account, think again. You'll have to deactivate your account, then wait 30 days in order to do so. Here, we outlined how to delete your Uber account once and for all.

FWD vs. RWD vs. AWD: How the wheels that turn change the way you drive

Let's face it, you've likely heard front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive mentioned before in some context or another. But what do these terms mean, especially in terms of performance? We’ve got the answers.

Shift it yourself: How to drive stick in a manual transmission car

Driving a manual transmission car might seem intimidating at first, but it's not as difficult as you might think. Knowing how to operate this type of gearbox will serve you well. Here's everything you need to know to learn how to drive…

Waymo boosts robo-taxi plans with new service center in Arizona

Waymo has announced plans for a facility in Phoenix, Arizona, that will help to service, maintain, and grow its fleet of autonomous Waymo One cars. The vehicles operate as part of the company's robo-taxi ridesharing service.

Vivint’s Car Guard keeps tabs on your vehicle when you’re not in it

A simple plug-in that you can place in just about any vehicle, Vivint's new Car Guard will automatically detect if your car is bumped, towed, or stolen and will alert you about it.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe gets a tech upgrade, keeps quirky styling

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show with an upgraded infotainment system that incorporates Mercedes' digital assistant. The SUV launches later this year with turbocharged four-cylinder power.

This modified Land Rover Discovery is heading to Africa to help fight malaria

A Land Rover Discovery will be used by the Mobile Malaria Project for a 3,900-mile trek across Africa to study malaria. The SUV is equipped with a mobile gene-sequencing laboratory, as well as everything necessary for serious off-roading.