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Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- June 7, 2012
Toyota Motorsport GmbH TMG EV P002 undergoing a three-day track test session at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France.
Toyota Motorsport Germany (TMG) will be showing off its latest creation in the form of an ultra high-performance electric powertrain 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.
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.
The TMG EV P002 has a predicted top speed of 149 mph in Pikes Peak configuration, with combined maximum power of 470 HP from its two axial flux motors.
The Pikes Peak hill climb which begins at an altitude of just over 9,000’ and reaches the summit at over 14,000’ ASL is an ideal locale to showcase the strengths of an all-electric powertrain given air breathing engines begin to run out of steam in the thin air as race cars and bikes climb ever higher to the summit.
TMG’s high-performance electric powertrain maintains full power despite the thin atmosphere at high altitude while delivering an impressive 664 lb-ft. of torque through its single-speed gearing.
TMG EV P002 Base Technical Specifications
Top Speed - 149 mph (Pikes Peak configuration)
Maximum Torque - 664 lb-ft.
Maximum Power - 470 HP
Maximum Revs - 5000rpm
Electric Motor 2 axial flux
Inverter 2 x TMG inverters
Gear Ratio 2.5
Transmission Single-reduction gearing
Battery Capacity - 42 kWh
Charging Technology Off-board DC charging
Length 13.45 ft.
Height 3.41 ft.
Width 5.87 ft.