Special Motorsports Event - Toyota GmbH To Run EV At The Peak
Pikes Peak, Jun. 7, 2012: TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will demonstrate its high-performance electric powertrain technology on one of North America's most demanding motorsport events; the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on 8 July.
Last year TMG set a new electric lap record 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 spent the past 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, which will compete at Pikes Peak as part of a project from Japanese company RK1 Inc. Multiple Japanese rally champion Fumio Nutahara will drive the car which features prominent branding from Yokohama.
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 from its two axial flux motors.
The hillclimb, which begins at an altitude of 2,800m and reaches TMG's hig -performance the summit of 4,300m, is an ideal environment to showcase the electric powertrain, with axial strengths of an electric powertrain. TMG's high-performance flux motors and TMG inverter electric powertrain maintains full power despite the thin visible 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 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 he TMG EV P002 in testing a and this is another sign of our commitment to this technology. Paul Ricard circuit, France 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 Peak configuration) Maximum Torque 900Nm Maximum Power 350kW Maximum Revs 5000rpm
Electric Motor 2 axial flux Inverter 2 x TMG inverters 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