Feature Flick: Battery-Powered Toyota Breaks EV Record at the Nurburgring

Just when we thought Toyota would be out of the headlines for awhile after last week’s hoopla over the 2012 Camry, it throws this on us – a record-breaking lap time at the Nurburgring. Toyota Motorsports GmbH (TMG) recently lapped its EV P001 racecar around the ‘Ring and achieved a lap time of 7:47.8 seconds, setting the current record for a battery-powered electric car. The previous record was 9:1.3.

The TMG EV P001’s sub-eight minute time ain’t bad regardless of what is powering the car – A Chevy Corvette ZR1 recently lapped the Green Hell in 7:19.4 seconds and the current 6:48 record was set by a Radical SR8LM racecar.

Driver Jochen Krumbach piloted the EV P001, which has a top speed of 162 mph and is powered by two electric motors that produce a combined 590lb-ft of torque. As you’ll see from the following video, the only sounds emitted from the EV P001 are the high-strung mechanical whine from the electric motors and screeching tires.

Toyota’s EV is the latest battery-powered racer to catch our attention. A few months ago Nissan showed off its Leaf Nismo RC, which is a shorter, lighter, and faster version of its road-going Leaf EV. Nissan has hinted its willingness to race its Leaf Nismo in a green motorsports series, and it may have just found its first opponent in the TMG EV P001.

Source: Toyota Motorsports GMbH, Toyota Europe

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That is amazing, but we all know that electrics can be fast. It's unlikely they could do two laps in a row on one charge.

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