Toyota sets a new electric record on Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit

Article by Christian A., on October 3, 2012

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH’s TMG EV P002 has set a new record for electric cars at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany. Incidentally, this isn’t the first time that TMG broke the electric record at the famed 20.8-km circuit. In fact, the record that TMG broke was its own set in August.

As driven by Jochen Krumbach, the TMG EV P002 – using TMG’s motorsport-tuned electric powertrain – completed a lap on the Nürburgring circuit in just seven minutes and 22.329 seconds, or over 25 seconds faster than the August record. The Nürburgring Nordschleife achievement further boosts the acclaimed status of TMG’s electric powertrain, which was behind the record-setting run at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, United States this year.

For the Pikes Peak run, the electric powertrain employed the new TMG DC Quick Charger, a groundbreaking off-board battery-to-battery charging technology. Developed in collaboration with Schneider Electric the TMG DC Quick Charger allows an electric race car at tracks to be recharged sans any access to grid power. Likewise, the TMG DC Quick Charger allows zero-emissions electric charging from renewable sources.

This TMG DC Quick Charger -- mounted on the rear of a Toyota Hiace van – employs Schneider Electric’s EVlink technology. Featuring a 42kWh lithium ion battery, the TMG DC Quick Charger could be charged directly from the AC power grid. Once recharged overnight, this charger system could provide high levels of power to a battery-based electric car without any need for further infrastructure or installation.

Ludwig Zeller, TMG General Manager for Electrics and Electronics, remarked that following their successful record attempt at Nürburgring last year, they further improved their electric powertrain to deliver more power at more consistent level and at longer distances – by managing the temperature of its batteries and motors as well as inverter. Zeller quipped that these improvements were shown at their Pikes Peak run and affirmed at the Nürburgring outing.

Zeller noted that the achievement wasn’t just about on-track performance, as it also confirmed the performance of the new TMG DC Quick Charger, which was able to provide them a reliable power supply in a remote location.

He also noted that this groundbreaking charging method is a significant aspect of electric motorsport, as electric race cars have to be recharged and doing so meant having the right infrastructure at race tracks. He noted that the TMG DC Quick Charger is a solution that could recharge a race car anywhere in the world, especially at places where conventional charging from power grid is unavailable. He added that TMG DC Quick Charger and the TMG EV P002 powertrain represent a major step forward for electric motorsport.

Headquartered in Cologne, Germany, Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has been known for its success in the racing world. Its success stories include four drivers’ and three manufacturers’ titles in the World Rally Championship, until it formally ended its campaign in 1999. TMG also served as the base of Toyota’s works for the Le Mans 24 Hours (1998-1999) as well as the carmaker’s Formula One teams (2002-2009).

Likewise, TMG has been serving as Toyota’s tuning and sports conversion arm since 1994. In 2007, TMG has been tasked to become Toyota’s development center for motorsport-related EV technology, alternative drivetrains and infrastructure integration. In fact, TMG has also completed a number of EV projects for third-party clients. TMG is also the record holder for EVs at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

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