• Toyota smashes Nurburgring electric car record with time of 7:47.79

For quite some time now, Toyota has been chugging away at an electric racer, preparing it for what they hoped would be a record-breaking lap around the famous Nurburgring. After over a month of anxiously awaiting the specific date for the attempt, we now hear that the Toyota EV Racer has finished with a record time of 7:47.79 - smashing the previous record of 9:01.338 established by the Peugeot EX1 Concept back in May 2011. With this time, the Toyota EV Racer created by Toyota Motorsports GmbH (TMG) can brag of being 30 seconds shy of times achieved by some great sports cars, like the Nissan GT-R, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, and Dodge Viper ACR.

The Toyota EV Racer is powered by a pair of electric motors sourced from Evo Electric that deliver a total of 375 HP and 590 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a single speed gearbox, the EV Racer will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 161 mph. All this while also getting a range of 124 miles.

Toyota Motorsports GmbH (TMG) Communications Officer, Alastair Moffitt, told MotorAuthority that much of the electric drivetrain powering Toyota’s new prototype is based on knowledge gained in the development of the Kinectic Energy Recovery System (KERS) used in its original F1 cars. According to Moffitt, the project is a valuable chance to test high-performance electric powertrains in a real motorsport environment, giving TMG’s engineer’s a chance to learn more about cooling, battery performance, motor performance, durability, etc.

This is only the beginning folks. While Bugatti focuses on SSC and Koenigsegg as competitors for the world’s fastest car, other automakers will be sliding in line to create bigger and faster electric vehicles. When these two worlds collide is anyone’s guess.

Check out the video of the EV Racer’s record breaking lap by clicking here!


Source: MotorAuthority

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  (238) posted on 09.20.2011

I think there’s a car race for electric car and I’m sure this car is the winner. Hehehe. Some of a day they have a car race for electric car.

  (382) posted on 08.31.2011

haha. I was thinking if there comes a time when an electric vehicle can beat the speed performance of the Bugatti. It’s sound so impossible, but I’m open for a possibility. The increase in the market for electric vehicle is quite a number. No, wonder why there’s a tough competition for this one. 

  (333) posted on 08.31.2011

Well, it seems that the hardwork of Toyota team in building the most powerful and high speed performance vehicle really pays off. I was thinking if they have planned of sharing on how they have customized and boosted the performance of the car. I bet this will make a history for electric vehicle.

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