Toyota Motorsport GmbH’s (TMG) TMG EV P002 (earlier post) set a new electric record on the 20.8km Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany. Using TMG’s motorsport-tuned electric powertrain, driver Jochen Krumbach set a lap time of 7 mins 22.329 secs, breaking the electric record set by TMG last August by more than 25 seconds.
This marks the second milestone for TMG’s electric powertrain this year following its new record at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.
As with the Pikes Peak success, TMG’s latest electric milestone used novel off-board battery-to-battery charging technology.
The TMG DC Quick Charger was developed in partnership with Schneider Electric GmbH to meet the challenge of recharging an electric race car at tracks without reliable access to grid power.
Mounted in the rear of a TOYOTA Hiace van, the TMG DC Quick Charger uses Schneider Electric’s EV Link technology and includes a 42 kWh lithium ion battery, which can be charged direct from the AC power grid. Maximum DC output to the vehicle being charged is 25 kW, 400 VDC. (Input from the grid to the 42 kWh pack is 6.6 kW.)
After an overnight charge, the TMG DC Quick Charger is able to quickly deliver high levels of power to a battery-based electric car without additional installation or infrastructure, making it an ideal solution for electric motorsport.