When Toyota Motorsport GmbH developed the TMG EV P001 specifically to set the electric vehicle lap record at the Nürburgring, we knew Toyota was onto something special. Then it released a follow up to the P001 specifically to run in the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and set a new EV record of 10:15.380 up the hill, and we were simply blown away.
Toyota then decided it was time to put the P002 to the test and see if it could beat the P001’s record-setting time around the `Ring. The P002 did not disappoint, as it smashed the P001’s record by 25 seconds, placing it in the top-15 times ever on the Nürburgring (at the time).
With the TMG EV P002 firmly situated in the history books, we felt it was the right time to take a closer look at this purpose-built race car and see what it’s like under the microscope.
Click past the jump to read our full review on the TMG EV P002.
On the outside, the TMG EV P002 is what it is: a racecar. It features a sloped nose with raised fenders that gives it a “Prototype” look and a set of stacked headlights. At the base of the front end, you get a large lower-lip spoiler to help keep down-force on the front of the car. You also get a set of spoilers on the very front of the front fenders to add in a little extra downward force.
Around the back end, you get the same raised fenders and a large single-leg spoiler with side wings to help keep the back end planted to the ground. You also get a trio of rounded taillights that sit in a vertical line.
Over the top of the open cockpit, you get a roll cage to keep the driver out of harm’s way in the event of a crash.
We don’t know exact materials used to construct the exterior of the EV P002, but we assume it is a carbon-fiber blend of some sort and the car likely weighs less than 2,500 lbs. We have contacted TMG to get this information and we will let you know once we get confirmation on this.
4.10 meters (161.41 inches)
1.79 meters (70.47 inches)
1.04 meters (40.94 inches)
<2,500 lbs. (TopSpeed est.)
Engine and Drivetrain
The TMG EV P002 boasts an all-electric drivetrain that emits zero emissions; making it the perfect green car, but how well can an all-electric racecar perform? Toyota starts it all off with a pair of axial flux electric motors. These differ from your standard electric motor, as the flux flows parallel to the motor’s axle, making it better suited for immediate changes in speed. This motor is good for 900 Nm (663 pound-feet) of immediately available torque and 350 Kw (469 horsepower). The motor is capable of handle 5,000 rpm for a sustained period of time without failure.
This powerful motor transfers its power to the rear wheels via single reduction gearing with a 2.5-to-1 gear ration, so it can optimize the motors’ torque. Powering the motors is a lithium-ceramic battery with 42 kWh of capacity. The battery is charged via a 400 –volt rapid charger.
Toyota has not released a 0-to-60 mph time, but it does list the TMG EV P002’s top speed as 255 k/h (158.45 mph). That isn’t too bad considering the 2.5-to-1 gear ratio. We estimate the 0-to-60 mph time in the high 2-second range, likely about 2.8 seconds. The TMG EV P002 also holds two electric vehicle world records – a Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record of 10:15.380 and a Nürburgring lap time record of 7:22.329.
Motor and Drivetrain Specs:
2 x Axial flux motors
469 horsepower / 663 pound-feet of torque
Acceleration (0 to 60 mph)
2.8 seconds (TopSpeed est.)
42 kW Lithium Ceramic
Though the actual information released by TMG is a little scarce, we cannot help but be impressed by this EV machine. This just goes to show the kind of power that Toyota can pull from its electric vehicles. It’s highly doubtful that we’ll ever see this sort of drivetrain from Toyota, but this could potentially lead Toyota toward building performance electric vehicles in the near future, finally giving Tesla something to worry about.
Super powerful electric car
Holds Nürburgring and PPIHC lap records
Gear ratio kills its top speed
No weight and construction information given
No electric range offered
TOYOTA MOTORSPORT GmbH BREAKS NÜRBURGRING RECORD AGAIN
Tuesday 2 October 2012
TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) continued its record-breaking success with the TMG EV P002 by setting a new electric record on the legendary 20.8km Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany.
Using TMG’s motorsport-tuned electric powertrain, driver Jochen Krumbach set a lap time of 7mins 22.329secs, breaking the electric record set by TMG last August by over 25 seconds.
This achievement marks the second milestone for TMG’s electric powertrain this year following its new record at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, United States.
As with the Pikes Peak success, TMG’s latest electric milestone used pioneering off-board battery-to-battery charging technology.
The TMG DC Quick Charger was developed in partnership with Schneider Electric to meet the challenge of recharging an electric race car at tracks without reliable access to grid power. This technology also gives the opportunity to charge with CO2 emission-free electric power from renewable sources.
Mounted in the rear of a TOYOTA Hiace van, the TMG DC Quick Charger uses
Schneider Electric’s EVlink™ technology and includes a 42kWh lithium ion battery, which can be charged direct from the AC power grid.
After an overnight charge, the TMG DC Quick Charger is able to quickly deliver high levels of power to a battery-based electric car without additional installation or infrastructure, making it the perfect solution for electric motorsport.
Ludwig Zeller, TMG General Manager Electrics and Electronics: “Since our
Nürburgring record last year, we have developed our electric powertrain to deliver more power, more consistently, over a longer distance by managing the temperature of batteries, motors and inverter. Pikes Peak was a clear illustration of the improvements and we have now reinforced that at the Nürburgring. But this achievement is not only about on-track performance; we are also very proud of the DC Quick Charger which again provided a reliable power supply in a remote location. This is an aspect of electric motorsport which has not been discussed at length but it is very significant; electric race cars need to be charged and it is a challenge to have the right infrastructure at race tracks, particularly temporary street circuits. Together with our partners at Schneider Electric, we have developed a solution to charge a race car literally anywhere in the world. This, along with the TMG EV P002 powertrain, represents a major step forward for electric motorsport.”