Toyota Electric Racecar Sets New Record

by Nate Torvik on October 12, 2012

Electric vehicles as an alternative to their gas-guzzling relatives have expanded across all segments of the automotive world. Even the auto-racing industry has picked up on the trend of electric power, with Toyota setting the bar for the future of electric racing. Toyota racing sent its prototype electric vehicle, the TMG EV P002, to Germany to race on the famous Nürburgring racetrack. What happened next shocked the racing world.

Last year, Toyota made a similar move with its TMG EV P001, which proceeded to set an electric car record lap time of 7:47.794. With only itself to beat, the P002 not only beat its brand’s own record, but it shattered it. With a time of 7:22.329, the new prototype defeated its predecessor by more than 25 seconds. This time puts the prototype in some elite company with cars like the Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911, Dodge Viper, and a long list of other production super cars.

Using two electric motors combined with a battery pack, the P002 produces 469 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque while reaching speeds of up to 149 mph. Although this vehicle and its powertrain will not likely reach any level of production within Toyota, the excitement surrounding the technological advancements to produce such a powerful electric vehicle is palpable. Toyota did recently announce that it would be cutting back a bit on the electric car game in lieu of recent Toyota hybrid popularity, but the electric vehicle is something that will continue to advance throughout the automotive industry.

Toyota has been a company on the cutting edge of technology and advancement in its vehicles since its inception in 1937 and will continue to lead the way into the future. Its focus on perfecting the world of alternative fuel and hybrid systems makes Toyota a company that others look up to. It is really no wonder that they have recently been named the No. 1 most valuable car brand in the world.



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