Toyota will attempt to set EV lap record at Nurburgring
Intent on grabbing its share of electric-powered glory at the Nürburgring' Nordschleife circuit, Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is preparing to challenge the EV lap record set in May by the Peugeot EX1 Concept car. The attempt will be made at the end of August using a two-seat sports racer fitted with a new TMG-developed EV powertrain capable of taking the car from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds and carrying it to a top speed of 260 kph (161 mph).
According to TMG sources, this new Toyota EV race machine has already eclipsed the Peugeot's 9-minute 1.388-second mark around the twisting, rolling 12.93-mile "Green Hell" circuit and is expected to "significantly" lower that time when it officially goes on the clock. In making the announcement, Ludwig Zeller, TMG's General Manager Electrics and Electronics, said: "TMG has developed a very robust and reliable electric powertrain, which has been proven in several products already. We have built up a tremendous amount of knowledge about such high-performance powertrains, particularly battery management systems and vehicle control units, during our development programmes. Our lap record attempt brings together this knowledge and it should clearly show the great potential of high-performance electric powertrains."
Beyond bragging rights and a chance to show the world just how far Toyota has been able to advance its electric technology, TMG has one other underlying goal. It believes this new sports racer would be an ideal candidate for a single-make EV championship; and with a suitably impressive 'Ring run, it hopes to convince both motorsport fans and officials that now is the right time to move ahead with a super-green all-electric series.