Mitsubishi's electric vehicle will have some serious competition in this year's Pikes peak hillclimb on July 8. Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), the company's German-based motorsports arm, will also be contesting the electric vehicle (EV) class at the race into the clouds.
Last year TMG set a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with its road-legal TMG EV P001 car, a record that still stands today.
TMG’s advanced electric and electronic department has spent recent months developing on an updated electric powertrain, which is more powerful and more durable than its predecessor.
That high-performance electric powertrain is the heart of the new TMG EV P002 car, which will compete at Pikes Peak as part of a project from Japanese company RK1 Inc. Multiple Japanese rally champion Fumio Nutahara will drive the car, which also features prominent branding from Yokohama.
Based on a Radical chassis, the TMG EV P002 has a predicted top speed of 240km/h in Pikes Peak configuration, with combined maximum power of 350kW from its two axial flux motors.
The hillclimb, which begins at an altitude of 2,800m and reaches the summit of 4,300m, is an ideal environment to showcase the strengths of an electric powertrain. Electric motors don't lose power as altitude increases as normally-aspirated internal-combustion engines do.
TMG’s high-performance electric powertrain maintains full power despite the thin atmosphere, delivering an impressive 900Nm of torque through its single-speed gearing.
The TMG EV P002 underwent a successful three-day testing session at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France in May to verify car and powertrain performance.