While Lexus is bringing a V8 saloon to this year’s Pikes Peak hill climb challenge in Colorado, Toyota themselves will turn up with an electric race car to tackle the hill. The Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) EV P002 car is an evolution of the P001, the car that still holds the record for the fastest electric lap time around the Nurburgring. It will be driven by Japanese rally champion Fumio Nutahara.
The P002 is base don a Radical chassis and is powered by two axial flux motors, which together produce a total output of 350 kW and 900Nm of torque delivered through a single-speed gearing. That will give this car a top speed of 240 km/h in Pikes Peak configuration. TMG engineers have also made sure the electric powertrain can maintain its full potential at the Peak’s high altitudes. 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.
More and more car makers are bringing electric cars to the Pike Peak race, and while that is good for developing EV technologies, it kinda ruins the event and kills most of the excitement. People expect to see super fast monsters scream their way up the hill. Not some quiet electric appliance limping around.
TMG EV P002 Technical Specifications
Top Speed 240km/h (Pikes Peak configuration)
Maximum Torque 900Nm
Maximum Power 350kW
Maximum Revs 5000rpm
Powertrain Electric Motor 2 axial flux
Inverter 2 x TMG inverters
Gear Ratio 2.5
Transmission Single-reduction gearing
Battery Lithium ceramic
Battery Capacity 42 kWh
Charging Technology Off-board DC charging