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Toyota Motorsport GmbH expects its EV, sporting a high-performance powertrain and dual electric motors, to surpass the existing lap record at Germany's Nurburgring on August 29.
As if being the world's greenest brand weren't enough, Toyota is now pushing the zero-emissions envelope even further, trying to best the current EV lap record at Germany's 12.9-mile Nürburgring race course.
The 100 percent electric vehicle expected to break the record was built by Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), a German-based division of Toyota that has been involved in rally and Formula 1 racing over the years. The two-seater's high-performance powertrain employs two electric motors, generating as much as 280kW of power.
TMG is hopeful that its EV, with a maximum speed of 162 miles per hour and weighing in at 2,138 lbs., will break the lap record for an electric vehicle. The current record stands at 9 minutes 1.338 seconds, set earlier this year by the Peugeot EX1. The race is set for August 29.
"We are extremely confident we can break the record by some distance, which is an indication of how EV performance is continuously improving," Rob Leupen, TMG's Director of Business Operations, said in a statement.
To the prospective EV consumer, tales of EVs' increased racing performance may not mean much. But TMG said it plans to begin selling its electric powertrain commercially by next year. So with what could be the next generation of EV motors on display, for EV enthusiasts of all stripes, next Monday's race may be one to watch.
Aug 23, 2011
While I'd love to have HEARD how this turned out (seeing as this is now mid-September,) This is focusing on the same kind of performance that it seems the world wants to shut down. NOW the performance the average person WANTS to see from an EV, could be expressed in how long it could continue running the full circuit before running out of battery power. (With all speeds logged.)
I'm really excited to see automakers pushing the EV performance envelope. Getting the speeds up will lead to better batteries and to street cars that have no performace penalties compared to IC-engined cars, and with 1000+ mile per charge ranges to boot.