This year’s Pikes Peak hill climb event in Colorado is, by the looks of things, going to feature the best lineup of cars ever. Peugeot is coming back with a sick T16 car, Tajima is bringing a GT86, Hyundai wants to defend its title, and Toyota, well, since they have the record for the fastest electric run up the hill, they’re sticking with that.
So to defend that electric title they unveiled the new and upgraded TMG EV P002 prototype. Its job is to improve on the lat year’s record of 10 minutes 15.380 seconds, making it even harder to match for other electric contenders.
The P002 is has a flexible platform. This is the same car that set the fastest electric lap around the Nurburgring a while ago. With a few aerodynamic changes, it will be ready to take on an entirely different challenge such as the Pikes Peak. The car is currently on its way to Salisbury, N.C., where TOYOTA Racing Development U.S.A. Inc. (TRD USA) will perform aerodynamic upgrades to the Radical-based chassis as well as track testing.
Being an electric car, updating the P002 was not that big of a challenge for the engineers. They just upped the speed and torque of the electric motor, and tuned the powertrain’s operating parameters to suit the Pikes Peak track. Driving the P002 is Rod Millen, a 61-year-old New Zealander who will also be driving Toyota’s hybrid Le Mans race car later this year.
|TMG EV P002 Technical Specifications|
|Top Speed||230 km/h|
|Electric Motor||2 axial flux|
|Inverter||2 x TMG inverters|
|Battery Capacity||42 kWh|
|Charging Technology||Off-board DC charging|