Toyota’s TMG EV P002 car to compete at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Article by Anita Panait, on June 8, 2012

Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will showcase it high-performance electric powertrain technology at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on July 8, 2012. The Colorado contest is considered as one of North America’s most demanding motorsport events. TMG will be fielding its TMG EV P002 car, an updated and more powerful version of its TMG EV P001 unit that set a still unbroken electric lap record of 9.1 minutes at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The TMG EV P002 car is equipped by a high-performance electric powertrain that took TMG’s advanced electric and electronic department months to develop. The TMG EV P002 that will compete at Pikes Peak is part of a project from RK1 Inc. It will be piloted by multiple Japanese rally champion Fumio Nutahara and will feature prominent branding from Yokohama.

Built on a Radical chassis, the TMG EV P002 is powered by two axial flux motors that provide up to 350kW of output, allowing the car to reach top speeds of up to 240km/h in Pikes Peak configuration.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which begins at an altitude of 2,800m and ends at the summit of 4,300m, is the perfect event to demonstrate the strengths of an electric powertrain.

TMG’s high-performance electric powertrain could maintain full power despite the thin atmosphere at high altitude while providing 900Nm of torque via its single-speed gearing. The TMG EV P002 was made to undergo a three-day testing session last month at the Paul Ricard circuit in France to validate car and powertrain performance.

Topics: toyota, pikes peak

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