Refined EV batteries and technology have helped Toyota slice its 'ring lap record by over 25 seconds.
Not content enough to rest on its own laurels, Toyota Motorsport has beaten its own record for lapping the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife track in an electric race car. The TMG EV P002 returned to beat its previous best effort of 7:47.79 seconds, by over 25 seconds, posting a 7:22.329-second lap on the 12.9-mile course.
In comparison, a 2009 Dodge Viper ACR lapped the same circuit in 7:22.1, while a 2012 Corvette Z06 did the same feat in 7:22.68. The EV P002 has a top speed of 158mph and makes about 470 horsepower, along with a monster 664lb-ft of torque. It uses a chassis made by Radical.
The team included driver Jochen Krumbach and the better performance was made possible largely by fiddling with the electric powertrain to "deliver more power, more consistently, over a longer distance by managing the temperature of batteries, motors and inverter," according to Ludwig Zeller, TMG General Manager Electrics and Electronics.
The car was recharged using the TMG Quick Charger, which was developed in partnership with Schneider Electric GmbH and housed in a Toyota Hiace van. It uses Schneider Electric's EV Link technology and a 42kWh lithium ion battery that's then used to recharge the electric race car. This solution is ideal for temporary racetracks such are road courses set up in cities, as well as offroad racing venues.
The team also set a new record at the recent Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado with the car.