Concept of the Day: TMG ‘Ring record car

August 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s all about EV racing today, it seems, and Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is talking some more about its attempt to set a new EV lap record on the Nurburgring’s Nordschliefe circuit (August 29th). Its 970kg two-seater coupe (with body sourced from Radical, I believe) is gunning to beat the current 9min, 1.338-sec record for the 20.832km loop, and is developing a peak power of 280kW from its twin motors; top speed is 260kph. TMG’s also suggesting that this powertrain, which features lithium-ceramic batteries, “is ideal to power any future single-make electric motorsport series”, and says that it will begin commercial sales of the technology next year.

TMG General Manager Electric & Electronics Ludwig Zeller says: “We want to demonstrate the high level of performance which can now be reached with an electric powertrain, not only in motorsport terms but as part of TMG’s existing development work on road car EV technology. There is no more evocative place to illustrate this performance than on the Nordschleife. Our target is to beat the existing record by more than just a few seconds because that will demonstrate just how far our technology has developed since TMG began working on KERS systems in 2007. Many people are still dreaming of an electric future for motorsport; at TMG we believe this is much closer than some think and we intend to show what can be achieved with a high-performance electric powertrain.”

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