Toyota Motorsport GmbH has announced its intention to smash the existing electric vehicle lap record at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife on August 29.

Some speculate the on-track demonstration by Toyota Motorsport GmbH is a prelude to Toyota's racing division inking a powertrain deal for an electrified Formula 1 racing series. Whether or not that's true remains unknown, but Toyota says its lapping of the Nürburgring will prove that "green thinking motorsport" generates emotion, just as fossil fuel racing has done for more than a century.

The current electric vehicle lap record at the 'Ring stands at 9:01.338, a time that Toyota says it has already beaten during informal testing. On August 29, it will hit the track with a battery-powered two-seater that can reach a claimed top speed of 162 miles per hour, rip from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and is loosely based on the radical Alpha-1 SRF, a vehicle developed by Toyota Motorsport GmbH for the German firm e-Wolf.

Rob Leupen, Toyota Motorsport's director of business operations, told the Charging Point, "We are extremely confident we can break the record by some distance, which is an indication of how electric vehicle performance is continuously improving." We'll let you know if Toyota's attempt to tame the 'Ring blows a hole through the existing record, which is held by the spectalur Peugeot EX1.
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02 August 2011

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will attempt to set a new electric vehicle (EV) lap record at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife.

TMG has developed a high-performance electric powertrain and this will form the basis of the record attempt, which is provisionally scheduled for the end of August.

The TMG 100% electric car, which is based on a two-seater sportscar chassis fitted with TMG's exclusive EV technology, has a top speed of 260km/h and can travel from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds.

This car is ideal for a single-make EV championship and TMG aims to prove that green-thinking motorsport can generate emotion among fans by using innovative technology to deliver high performance.

Its challenge is to break the existing EV lap record of 9min 1.338secs set earlier this year. Already the TMG electric powertain has bettered this time during unofficial testing and it is expected to make a significant improvement during the official timed laps.

Rob Leupen, TMG's Director of Business Operations, said: "We are extremely confident we can break the record by some distance, which is an indication of how EV performance is continuously improving. TMG is a leader in high-performance powertrains and we want to show the world how far this technology has developed. Our mission is to advance this technology, not only in motorsport but in the automotive sector in general, to deliver products with more performance and better durability for our customers."

Ludwig Zeller, TMG's General Manager Electrics and Electronics, said: "TMG has developed a very robust and reliable electric powertrain, which has been proven in several products already. We have built up a tremendous amount of knowledge about such high-performance powertrains, particularly battery management systems and vehicle control units, during our development programmes. Our lap record attempt brings together this knowledge and it should clearly show the great potential of high-performance electric powertrains."

Further details about the project, including photographs and a timetable for the record attempt, will follow in the coming days.

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      David S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not just radical, it's a capital-R Radical SR8.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WTH is up with that image? BW image of a race car PSed on a random bridge, covering light trails and thrown in a good bit of grain.. why? The car itself should be interesting though. I wonder how many laps it could do, if it can do a full warm up lap before it's hot lap at all. I couldn't imagine a small light electric car driving at full throttle the whole time could complete many 'Berg laps.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am confused! Shouldn't they name it Radical-Toyota? Like in Formula one - chassis manufacturer and propulsion manufacturer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is newsworthy? Why?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because Toyota is trying to break a record on the Nurburgring...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Instead of wasting their time and resources on seeing how fast an electric radical will go around the track they should be using that time and resources on making battery's charge faster so they might be reasonable to use in the future for automotive purposes. Pointless and disgraceful to racing at this time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is for investors. Look at F1, tons of money tossed around. Some of it trickles down to road cars, though.
          • 4 Years Ago
          and non is for economy, just more performance.
      Georgie Porgie
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh here we go. Prius with a flux capacitor... sets amazing pace throughout lap, but crashes on final corner as driver falls asleep from absoute boredom ( or the accelerator got stuck on non anti static floor matt ). In all honesty, if this is a true Toyota in house effort, good for them. Is good to see Toyota getting back into motorsports ( no nascar is not motorsports )
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who cares what that has-been company Toyota does. And that was'nt a question.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, it was a question. You just chose not to include the question mark. Now, you can call it a rhetorical question, in which it doesn't need an answer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So actually the headline should read. Radical to set new electric ring record, Toyota to sponsor in order to snag credit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does Ruf have an electric 911? I'd imagine it did better than 9 mins on the ring... anyone know?
      Tolitz Rosel
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh oh, another Toyota topic ;) We know what happens next...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how much of this car is Tesla sourced?
      • 4 Years Ago
      When there's an electric Le Mans winner, I'll be fully onboard.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can't have an electric Le Mans winner without starting somewhere. Small moves, Ellie, small moves...(and yes I quoted Contact)
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