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Electric Toyota to Tackle Pike's Peak Hillclimb

To prove its electric powertrains Toyota could not have chosen a more gruelling test than the Pikes Peak annual international hillclimb, this year from 3rd to 8th July.

'Pike's Peak' is probably the most famous speed hillclimb in the World.  It runs on a 12.42 mile course in Colorado with 156 turns. The course begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at 14,110 feet.

The current record is 09:52.278 and was set by Nobuhiro Tajima in 2011 in a Suzuki.

This year, Toyota will compete in its new TMG EV P002 car. Multiple Japanese rally champion Fumio Nutahara will drive the car which features prominent branding from Yokohama.

Last year TMG set a new electric lap record (9.1 minutes) at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with the road-legal TMG EV P001 car, a record which still stands today.

TMG’s advanced electric and electronic department has since spent months developing on an updated electric powertrain, which is more powerful and more durable than its predecessor.

That high-performance electric powertrain is the heart of the new TMG EV P002 car. Based on a Radical chassis, the TMG EV P002 has a predicted top speed of 240km/h in Pikes Peak configuration, with combined maximum power of 350kW (476PS) from its two axial flux motors.

The hillclimb, between altitudes of 2,800m and 4,300m (9,390 feet and 14,110 feet), is an ideal environment to showcase the strengths of an electric powertrain. TMG’s high-performance electric powertrain maintains full power despite the thin atmosphere at high altitude while delivering an impressive 900Nm of torque through its single-speed gearing.

The TMG EV P002 underwent a successful three-day testing session at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France in May 2012 to verify car and powertrain performance.

Ludwig Zeller, General Manager Electric & Electronics: “Pikes Peak is a great showcase for TMG’s electric powertrain technology. We already proved at the Nürburgring that TMG is leading the way in developing such powertrains for motorsport and this is another sign of our commitment to this technology. TMG wants to be increasingly involved in electric motorsport and we believe our powertrain technology is an industry-leading combination of performance, durability and packaging. Electric powertrain technology in motorsport is still in its development phase but through projects like this one, TMG is laying the foundations for the future of high-performance and motorsport cars.”

TMG EV P002 Technical Specifications
Performance
Top Speed 240km/h (Pikes Peakconfiguration)
Maximum Torque 900Nm
Maximum Power 350kW
Maximum Revs 5000rpm
Powertrain
Electric Motor 2 axial flux
Inverter 2 xTMGinverters
Gear Ratio 2.5
Transmission Single-reduction gearing
Battery Lithium ceramic
Battery Capacity 42 kWh
Charging Technology Off-board DC charging
Dimensions
Length 4.10m
Height 1.04m
Width 1.79m

Footnotes:

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has been based in Cologne, Germany since 1979 and built its reputation in the World Rally Championship, winning four drivers’ and three manufacturers’ title during a long participation which ended in 1999. TMG was also the home of Toyota’s works Le Mans 24 Hours (1998-1999) and Formula 1 (2002-2009) teams, both of whom achieved pole and podium positions, and a tuning and sports conversion subsidiary (established in 1994). Since 2007, TMG has been a pioneering centre of development for motorsport-related electric vehicle technology and for alternative drive train and infrastructure integration in general. TMG has already concluded several electric vehicle projects for external clients and is the proud lap record holder for electric vehicles at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. www.toyota-motorsport.com.

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