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Toyota Motorsport GmbH sets new lap record for an EV at the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit

30 August 2011

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has set a new lap record for an electric vehicle (EV) at the legendary 20.8 km Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany. (Earlier post.)

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

Using two electric motors, the TMG electric powertrain has a top speed of 260 km/h (162 mph)which combined with 800 N·m (590 lb-ft) of torque to achieve impressive speeds on the challenging Nordschleife track, which includes significant elevation changes and lengthy flat-out sections.

TMG’s target prior to the 29 August record run was to become the first electric vehicle to break the eight-minute barrier. The changeable Nürburgring weather stayed fine, although track temperatures were relatively low.

TMG will begin commercial sales of this technology in 2012. TMG continues to advance its electric vehicle capability for motorsport applications with in-house development of the electric powertrain and ongoing investigations into alternative chassis solutions.

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

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Not bad with primitive batteries. Imagine what the same car could do with improved batteries and e-motors by 2020 or shortly thereafter.

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