Toyota Motorsports is on a roll with its TMG EV P002 prototype racer. After setting a new record at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, the electric race car has now set a new record lapping Germany’s famed Nürburgring.
Last year, the TMG EV P001 set a class lap on the Nürburgring for battery-powered electric vehicles. Now, that car’s successor – the P002 – has topped last year’s car with a lap time of 7:22.329, some 25 seconds faster. To accomplish that lap time, the TMG EV P002 uses twin motorsports-tuned electric motors that draw on a 42-kWh lithium-ceramic battery pack; total power output is rated at 469 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque and the electric racer is said to have a 149-mph top speed.
On top of the new record, Toyota Motorsports has also developed a new quick-charging technology designed especially for race teams that don’t have reliable access to grid power. The TMG DC Quick Charger mounts into the rear of a Toyota Hiace van and stores its power in a 42-kWh lithium-ion battery, which is chargeable off of the power grid. Once charged, the DC Quick Charger becomes a mobile charging station for a battery-based electric car, no matter the surrounding infrastructure.
Toyota has yet to announce what’s next for the TMG EV P002, but don’t be surprised to see more electrified driveline technologies begin to appear in the company’s motorsports effort. At last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race, the automaker fielded its TS030 Hybrid racecar, which utilized a pair of electric motor/generators paired with a 3.4-liter V-8.