Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) made history once again by setting a new electric record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday.
TMG’s rally driver Fumio Nutahara set a time of 10 minutes 15.380 seconds, less than 30 seconds behind outright winner Rhys Millen and over two minutes faster than the previous electric record of 12 minutes 20.084s. This placed them sixth overall – no mean feat considering the extreme fossil fuel machines and highly experienced teams they were up against. This is a new record for electric vehicles on the 19.99km track, and after setting a new electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in August 2011, TMG have now set new standards on two of the toughest venues in motorsport.
Based on a Radical chassis, the TMG EV P002 has a top speed of 240km/h in Pikes Peak configuration, with combined maximum power of 350kW from its two axial flux motors. The TMG crew on-site spent three practice days finetuning the TMG EV P002 and its electric powertrain set-up for the gruelling climb from 2,800m to the 4,300m summit, with impressive results.
Rob Leupen, TMG’s Director Business Operations commented: “The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb gave us the chance not only to prove the motorsport potential of electric powertrains in motorsport but to do so in a very competitive environment as well. It’s a great achievement from the team here in Colorado and also all those back at TMG in Cologne who have played their part in this successful record attempt. Thanks to them and also to our colleagues at Toyota Racing Development here in the US who gave us so much great support. Now we start the search for the next milestone for the TMG electric powertrain.”
|TMG EV P002 Technical Specifications|
|Top Speed||240km/h (Pikes Peak configuration)|
|Electric Motor||2 axial flux|
|Inverter||2 x TMG inverters|
|Battery Capacity||42 kWh|
|Charging Technology||Off-board DC charging|