A Toyota electric race car set a new electric-vehicle record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, on the weekend.
Driving a TMG (Toyota Motorsport GmbH) EV P002 race car, powered by a high-performance TMG electric powertrain, Fumio Nutahara set a time of 10 minutes 15.380 seconds to set a new record for electric vehicles on the 20-km km track.
Nutahara’s time not only broke the previous electric record (12mins, 20.084secs) by more than two minutes, it gave him sixth place overall to cap an impressive debut at Pikes Peak.
The TMG crew on-site spent three practice days fine-tuning the car and its electric powertrain set-up for the gruelling climb from 2,800m to the 4,300m summit.
Based on a Radical chassis, the TMG EV P002 is said to have a top speed of 240km/h in Pikes Peak configuration, with combined maximum power of 350 kW from its two axial flux motors.
After setting a new electric lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in August 2011, TMG’s electric powertrains have now set new standards on two of the toughest venues in motorsport.
Rob Leupen, Director of Business Operations at TMG in Germany, said: "Following our new electric record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife almost exactly a year ago, TMG wanted a new challenge for our electric powertrains. 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."
After thanking the colleagues at Toyota Racing Development in the U.S. for their support," Leupen added: "Now we start the search for the next milestone for the TMG electric powertrain."