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Toyota sets new record for fastest EV

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Toyota Motorsport has done it again. The automaker recently beat its own record for the fastest lap set by an electric vehicle at Germany's Nürburgring.

The EV P002, driven by Jochen Krumbach, made it around the track in 7 minutes, 22.329 seconds -- 25 seconds faster than the same 469-horsepower model's previous record, set in August 2011.

Audi's 375-horsepower R8 E-Tron set a record in June for the fastest lap around the Nürburgring track by a series production electric vehicle, at 8 minutes, 9.099 seconds.

The EV P002 still runs on a 42-kWh battery and gets about 161 miles per hour, but was simply driven faster than it was last year. Watch the video below for a view from the driver's seat:

Photo: Toyota

via [Autoblog Green]

— By on October 8, 2012, 8:05 PM PST

Channtal Fleischfresser

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Contributing Editor Channtal Fleischfresser has worked for The Economist, WNET/Channel 13, Al Jazeera English, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure