• Aug 30, 2011
Toyota's TMG EV P001 – perhaps trying to outrun its boring name – smashed the existing lap record for an electric vehicle on the famed 12.93-mile Nurburgring Nordschleife track with a time of seven minutes, 47.79 seconds. This beats the previous electric car time by a healthy margin and puts Toyota's electric racer on par with the lap times recorded by vehicles like the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 Turbo, but is still a ways off the any-powertrain-goes record of 6:48. The just-bested EV record was set by Peugeot's EX1 earlier this year at 9.01:33 (watch a video of that run here). The EX1 averaged a rather impressive 85.9 miles per hour on the grueling track. Prior to the EX1's blazing run, a modified Mini E held the electric vehicle record at the Nürburgring with a time of 9 minutes 51 seconds.

The new record, comfortably under Toyota's pre-attempt target of eight minutes, should help TMG sell the heart of the EV P001 when commercial sales start next year. The powertrain includes components from Rational Motion and EVO Electric. We should also see at least some sort of improvement in Toyota's other electric vehicle offerings, since Pascal Vasselon, TMG's Technical Director, said in a statement, "We also wanted to learn more about the operation of our electric powertrain in extreme circumstances... We have enhanced our electric powertrain development thanks to the information our engineers have gained and our future EV products will benefit from this project."

Given the rapid advancements in electric vehicle technology, we'd assume that Toyota's record will be challenged in the near future, but we don't expect Toyota to give up its spot without a fight. There's video of Toyota's electrifying Nurburgring run after the jump.


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Toyota Electric Racer Sets New Lap Record at Nürburgring

COLOGNE (Germany) - Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has set a new lap record for an electric vehicle (EV) at the legendary 20.8km Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany.

The TMG EV P001, with 100% electric powertrain and Jochen Krumbach at the wheel, set a new lap record of 7mins 47.794secs to beat the previous lap record, which stood at 9mins 1.338secs, by a very substantial margin.

Using two electric motors, the TMG electric powertrain has a top speed of 260km/h which combined with 800Nm of torque to achieve impressive speeds on the extremely challenging Nordschleife track, which includes significant elevation changes and lengthy flat-out sections.

TMG's target prior to the 29 August record run was to become the first electric vehicle break the eight-minute barrier and this was achieved comfortably on a day when the notoriously changeable Nürburgring weather stayed fine, although track temperatures were relatively low.

Such performance shows TMG's electric powertrain is ideal to power any future single-make electric motorsport series and TMG will begin commercial sales of this technology in 2012. TMG continues to advance its electric vehicle capability for motorsport applications with in-house development of the electric powertrain and ongoing investigations into alternative chassis solutions.

Pascal Vasselon, TMG's Technical Director, said: "The goals for this project were twofold: obviously we wanted to set a new EV lap record and I am very pleased we could achieve that so comprehensively. On the other hand, we also wanted to learn more about the operation of our electric powertrain in extreme circumstances; in motorsport there is no more extreme circuit than the Nürburgring. On the record lap the TMG EV P001 performed better than in testing due to the improvement we already could make based on that experience. We have enhanced our electric powertrain development thanks to the information our engineers have gained and our future EV products will benefit from this project."

Rob Leupen, TMG's Director Business Operations, said: "This is a very impressive achievement which really shows the huge potential for electric powertrains to deliver fast, exciting action on the race track. There's no doubt that electric motorsport can be every bit as thrilling as traditional racing and it was an amazing sensation to watch the TMG electric vehicle fly past on the Nordschleife, with only the sound of wind rushing past and tyres squealing. To achieve a new lap record at the first attempt, and by such a huge margin, is a great achievement and I am very proud to see TMG's name in the record books. But this is not the end of the story for TMG and I hope we will see our electric powertrains in action on the track again soon."

The new lap record was completed on road-legal tyres, using the complete Nordschleife track. It was verified by independent lap timing.

TMG extends its thanks to its partners in this achievement: Aguti created and implemented the livery concept while rational motion integrated the electric powertrain, traction battery and control strategies. EVO Electric motor technology delivered the power. The TMG EV P001 is based on a Radical chassis as modified by TMG for e-WOLF.


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      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice going Toyota ! incorporate this tech into your road going car asap
      Fortune
      • 3 Years Ago
      Geez that thing can accelerate! sounds like a constant supercharge whine
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota and other car makers need to do more of this. People are thickheaded and think that EVs are slow. More exhibitions that show that EVs can have some great performance to help dispel that myth. Basically take a page from the history of the ICE from about 100 years ago when gas-powered cars were challenged to climb hills, or go around a track as fast as possible (the beginnings of motorsport).
      Gregory Martin
      • 3 Years Ago
      This makes me wanna see a rebirth in racing. Electric vehicles, with old time rules aka very limited restrictions. Let the spirit of competition fuel innovation.
      Todd Fleming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford, GM, Chrysler, did you read this article? I hope so, get on with it and lets have some real ev competition! Its not that hard to own the championship when virtually no one else is playing. I wonder if the volt can even do one solid lap without kicking the charger on its over 12 miles 1/4 of the full charge distance, seriously track driving is MUCH more intense than even spirited street driving. Autoblog here's your big chance for the EV challenge.
      Bavarian818
      • 3 Years Ago
      Incredible! Top Speed? How much battery was left?
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is very, very interesting! First time ever we have direct comparison between electric and ICE propulsion. Same track, same chassis 2.8l V8 vs. two axial flux BLDC motors! 6:48.00 vs. 7.47:79! 1:0 for the petrol. A big '1'. Like 1 minute faster '1'. I'll be thrilled if somebody make a hydrogen powered Radical and runs it around 'The Ring'. This will give as the answer for the future of sports cars. I am talking only about sports cars. I don't want some Greenpease hippies to lecture me now!
        • 3 Years Ago
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          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          Very interesting! Usually I am very skeptical about such inventions (brown gas scam etc.), but if this is true please protect this guy! I think Shell may already ordered a hit on him!
        graphikzking
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        You have to understand that gas engines have been in hundred's of thousands of different model cars in the last 100 years. That is the perfect engine for the perfect car. Take out that engine and put a standard V6 280hp engine and see what the car runs. I'm sure it will be much much closer than 1 minute. They have a long ways to go but electric cars could make up 40% of our driving in local stops etc. It would be nice to get off that foreign oil. Forget about any potential environmental crap.. I hate exporting our money and burning it away each and every day.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
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        Jake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        A Green Peace hippie sports car enthusiast could just run the ICE on bio-diesel or bio-butanol and call it a day. ;-)
      Tony
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wanna see the analytics -- give me a heads up of running vehicle speed, electric motor rpm's, g's, checkpoint and lap times...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        1) This doesn't have an ICE, it's electric. It's a totally different feat. 2) This car did NOT lap the ring in 7 hours, 47 minutes, 79 seconds. 3) We don't live in the fast and furious world, saying "souped up" is outdated.
      resonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are a lot of petrol powered Sedans and Wagons which are faster.
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        graphikzking
        • 3 Years Ago
        They said the same thing about the gas engines when people were using the steam engines. Stupid, inefficient. Have to have gas stations all over to fill up instead of just putting "fuel" (wood which was everywhere) into a burner and going across country. Gas engines had to be cranked for minutes on end to start up. NOW look at them! If we can just get 50% better battery density power/wt then we can really push the envelop and be competitive with gas engines. They still have a long ways to go.. but it's good to see progress!
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        David
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why call it expensive when you don't know the price?
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