Toyota aims to break Pikes Peak record with new TMG EV P002

Article by Anita Panait, on May 7, 2013

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) is fielding a modified TMG EV P002 at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to defend its electric title. TMG is aiming to break the record set in 2012 at 10 minutes 15.380 seconds as its engineer used the data from last year’s run to further improve the performance of the TMG powertrain.

The TMG EV P002 has become the benchmark for electric race cars around world, after showing exhilarating performance and versatility in setting the current electric records at Pikes Peak and Nürburgring Nordschleife. The TMG EV P002 is now on its way to Salisbury, N.C., where TOYOTA Racing Development U.S.A. Inc. (TRD USA) is getting ready to implement aerodynamic upgrades to the Radical-based chassis as well as track testing.

The TMG EV P002 will then be put on the ultimate challenge as it climbs the Pikes Peak on June 30, 2013, as piloted by record-setting driver Rod Millen. He has set a number of records at 19.99-kilometer Pikes Peak track and his huge experience in this motorsport event will be further boosted by the various improvements made to the TMG EV P002.

TMG has recently implemented performance upgrades specific to a given track, having utilized data from its 2011 Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record to surpass its performance by more than 25 seconds in 2012. As for the TMG EV P002, Toyota has improved the vehicle’s speed and torque and tuned the powertrain’s operating parameters to better suit the challenge of the Pikes Peak track, using the data and experience gained from the 2012 class victory.

TMG support crew is expected to optimize the powertrain during the practice week prior to race day, while using last year’s experience to assist their TRD USA colleagues in running the car. To charge the TMG EV P002 from the mountainside, where there is no reliable power connection, TMG will be using off-board battery-to-battery charging technology, including Schneider Electric EVlink DC Charger.

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