Toyota converts all-electric 'Ring racer to Pikes Peak hill climber

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Default Toyota converts all-electric 'Ring racer to Pikes Peak hill climber

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Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) will demonstrate its high-performance
electric powertrain technology on one of North America's most
demanding motorsport events; the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
in Colorado on 8 July.

Last year TMG set a new electric lap record at the Nürburgring
Nordschleife with the road-legal TMG EV P001 car, a record which still
stands today.

TMG's advanced electric and electronic department has spent the past
months developing on an updated electric powertrain, which is more
powerful and more durable than its predecessor.

That high-performance electric powertrain is the heart of the new TMG
EV P002 car, which will compete at Pikes Peak as part of a project
from Japanese company RK1 Inc. Multiple Japanese rally champion Fumio
Nutahara will drive the car which features prominent branding from
Yokohama.

Based on a Radical chassis, the TMG EV P002 has a predicted top speed
of 240km/h in Pikes Peak configuration, with combined maximum power of
350kW from its two axial flux motors.

The hillclimb, which begins at an altitude of 2,800m and reaches the
summit of 4,300m, is an ideal environment to showcase the strengths of
an electric powertrain. TMG's high-performance electric powertrain
maintains full power despite the thin atmosphere at high altitude
while delivering an impressive 900Nm of torque through its
single-speed gearing.

The TMG EV P002 underwent a successful three-day testing session at
the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France in May to verify car and
powertrain performance.

Ludwig Zeller, General Manager Electric & Electronics: "Pikes
Peak is a great showcase for TMG's electric powertrain technology. We
already proved at the Nürburgring that TMG is leading the way in
developing such powertrains for motorsport and this is another sign of
our commitment to this technology. TMG wants to be increasingly
involved in electric motorsport and we believe our powertrain
technology is an industry-leading combination of performance,
durability and packaging. Electric powertrain technology in motorsport
is still in its development phase but through projects like this one,
TMG is laying the foundations for the future of high-performance and
motorsport cars."
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