Toyota Sets EV Record at Nürburgring

While setting speed records might seem somewhat recreational, it is worth noting that Henry Ford (1) used proceeds from a race to establish the Henry Ford Company and (2) later, after leaving that company and establishing the one we know today, set a land-speed record in 1904.

While setting speed records might seem somewhat recreational, it is worth noting that Henry Ford (1) used proceeds from a race to establish the Henry Ford Company and (2) later, after leaving that company and establishing the one we know today, set a land-speed record in 1904. So as Henry was not a man who is remembered for being all that frivolous, one can conclude that racing has other benefits.

Which brings us to an event at the 20.8km Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany on August 29, when Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has set a new lap record for an electric vehicle (EV), lapping the course in 7 minutes, 47.794 seconds, which soundly beat the previous 9-minute, 1.338-second record held by Peugeot.

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The car, the TMG EV P001, uses two electric motors for power. The powertrain has a top speed of 260 km/h (161.6 mph) and produces 800 Nm of torque.

Pascal Vasselon, TMG's Technical Director, said: "The goals for this project were twofold: obviously we wanted to set a new EV lap record and I am very pleased we could achieve that so comprehensively. On the other hand, we also wanted to learn more about the operation of our electric powertrain in extreme circumstances; in motorsport there is no more extreme circuit than the Nürburgring. On the record lap the TMG EV P001 performed better than in testing due to the improvement we already could make based on that experience. We have enhanced our electric powertrain development thanks to the information our engineers have gained and our future EV products will benefit from this project."

Yes, there is something to setting records beyond the tremendous achievement.