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Toyota sets new electric vehicle lap record at the Nürburgring

Toyota sets new electric vehicle lap record at the Nürburgring image

Text: / Photos: Toyota Motorsport Press | posted September 05, 2011 13:36

The electric lap

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has taken to the Nordschleife once again to set a new lap record, this time with an electric powered car.

The TMG EV P001, with 100% electric powertrain and Jochen Krumbach at the wheel, set a new lap record of 7mins 47.794 seconds, beating the previous lap record which stood at 9mins 1.338secs, by a very substantial margin.

The EV P001 is a modified Radical chassis that uses two electric motors. The TMG EV P001 has electric powertrain capable of a top speed of 260km/h which. TMG's target prior to the record run was to become the first electric vehicle break the eight-minute barrier, achieved comfortably on a day when the notoriously changeable Nürburgring weather stayed fine, although track temperatures were relatively low.

Such performance shows TMG's electric powertrain is ideal to power any future single-make electric motorsport series and TMG will begin commercial sales of this technology in 2012.

The new lap record was completed on road-legal tires, using the complete Nordschleife track. It was verified by independent lap timing.

TMG extends its thanks to its partners in this achievement: Aguti created and implemented the livery concept while rational motion integrated the electric powertrain, traction battery and control strategies. EVO Electric motor technology delivered the power. The TMG EV P001 is based on a Radical chassis as modified by TMG for e-WOLF.