I love to cover electric vehicle racing news, from grassroots projects like the Inhaler to Nissan’s efforts to bring together an electric vehicle racing series. And now here comes Toyota, swinging for the fences with an electric racecar that aims to shatter records at the famed Nurburgring track in Germany.
Built by Toyota Motorsport GmbH, the unnamed electric race car is gunning for the current lap record of 9 minutes and 1.3 seconds around the 12.9 mile/20.8 km loop of the Nurburgring (also called the Nordschleife.) TMG is sort of a German TRD, an in-house tuning shop forToyotaproducts. TMG helped Toyota land numerous rally victories during the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Now they’ve turned their attention to EV racing.
The TMG EV will be powered by two electric motors offering up to 375 HP/280 kW, and weigh just 2,130 lbs/970 kg, which means it’ll be pretty damn quick. And it will have to be, as the current record holder, the Peugeot EX1, lapped the Nurburgring about as fast as a Chevy Cobalt SS (which is no supercar, but respectably fast.)
TMG plans to not only beat, but shatter the current lap record for EV’s though. Hopefully their over brimming confidence won’t be their downfall, though the current record hasn’t set what I would call a very high bar. I’m really excited to see more major OEMs getting behind the idea of EV racing, which means that the technology could eventually filter down into production cars. The test date is set for August 29th, with several backup days planned as well.
Could this potential record setter be the predecessor to an all-electric Toyota supercar? Mahaps. And if not, I still wouldn’t mind seeing Toyota and Nissan EV’s quietly locking horns on the race track. This Nurburgring record lap attempt is a good start, and a great way to get the attention of those who might otherwise ignore the fast-moving storm of racing EV’s quietly gathering before them…
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.