Montreal, QC – The eighth round of the FIA Alternate Energy Cup was held last weekend in Montreal and a Mitsubishi i-MIEV steered by veteran rally driver Réjean Losier partnered with Ontarian codriver Brian Maxwell won for a second year the Class IIIA for electric vehicles. Held over two days, the Rallye International Vert de Montreal ran two separate road courses totalling more than 150 kilometres only in electric mode with preset speeds and hidden controls. By virtue of this victory, Losier and Maxwell will represent Mitsubishi next March in the first round of the 2013 Cup, the Monte-Carlo Alternate Energy Rally in Monaco.
Losier / Maxwell were almost perfect with a score of only 18 seconds lost while now retired Radio-Canada announcer Claude Quenneville from Montréal his codriver Martyn Ouellet from Alma came in second with 120 seconds in penalty. In terms of energy consumption, the winning i-MiEV took second place only 3,6 % off the best performance, although the power systems were quite different. After both standings were combined, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV clinched a deserving first place.
The other Mitsubishi team came in third position in the energy consumption standings. The lady crew of Sabrina Giacomini and Élise Lecompte from Autonet.ca were only 7,5 % off the winning pace.
“We congratulate our three teams who took their i-MiEV across the finish line. We are very happy with the outstanding performance of Réjean Losier and Brian Maxwell,” declared Peter Renz, National Marketing manager, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada.
Test drive in downtown Montreal
Headquarters of the Green Rally were staged on Mc Gill College, one of the busiest streets in downtown Montreal, and onlookers could visit the Mitsubishi kiosk and take a short drive with an i-MiEV
By John Arnone, Manager, Public Relations
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc