04
June
2013
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09:00
Europe/Amsterdam

Tmg ev p002 hits testing targets

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH's TMG EV P002 electric race car made a successful start to testing prior to defending its title at next month's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (30 June).

The car arrived in the United States at the beginning of May and has been heavily modified by TOYOTA Racing Development USA at their base in Salisbury, North Carolina to improve aerodynamic performance.

The modified car, which also features an upgraded TMG electric powertrain, was tested last week at Carolina Motorsports Park in the hands of multiple Pikes Peak winner Rod Millen, who will attempt to retain the TMG EV P002's electric title.

Two days of testing, supported by engineers from TMG and TRD USA, focused initially on driver comfort and systems checks.

The positive test soon moved on to set-up evaluation along with work on the aerodynamics, powertrain and cooling system, while a new carbon ceramic brake system was also analysed.

The TMG electric powertrain, which now delivers 400kW of power and 1200Nm of torque, ran faultlessly throughout while the new aerodynamic package produced a three-fold increase in total downforce. The reduced weight of the car compared to last years' configuration also contributed to an overall performance improvement.

Rod Millen: "The balance was very good and the car behaved predictably at all times. This race car is unique and I really appreciated the seat time in the car. This gave me the chance to learn about the advanced electric powertrain capabilities and I could experience how the car changes over a race distance. Even when the tyres were past their best at the end the car was still fast and controllable. Now I am looking forward to driving an electric race car at Pikes Peak for the first time."

Steve Wickham, TRD USA Vice President, Chassis Operations: "I am encouraged with the reliability and performance shown so far. Rod is happy with the car and I am looking forward to see how we stack up on the Mountain compared to last year and more importantly the strong EV competition. The multinational team from TRD and TMG are working together well which is critical for me as team manager especially as the Mountain schedule is so mentally and physically demanding on all of us. All of the many individual improvements in downforce, braking and powertrain we have made to the car seem to working well together. The team is ready to step up to the challenge we all badly want to retain our title in the EV class."

The next stage in the car's preparation comes with the first tests at Pikes Peak on 15-16 June, prior to the event itself on 30 June.

TMG EV P002 Technical Specifications

Performance

Top Speed

230 km/h

Maximum Torque

1200Nm

Maximum Power

400kW

Maximum Revs

6000rpm

Powertrain

Electric Motor

2 axial flux

Inverter

2 x TMG inverters

Gear Ratio

3.13

Transmission

Single-reduction gearing

Battery

Lithium ceramic

Battery Capacity

42 kWh

Charging Technology

Off-board DC charging

Dimensions

Length

4.10m

Height

1.04m

Width

1.79m

About TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH:

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) has been based in Cologne, Germany since 1979 and built its reputation in the World Rally Championship, winning four drivers' and three manufacturers' title during a long participation which ended in 1999. TMG was also the home of Toyota's works Le Mans 24 Hours (1998-1999) and Formula 1 (2002-2009) teams, both of whom achieved pole and podium positions, and a tuning and sports conversion subsidiary (established in 1994). Since 2007, TMG has been a pioneering centre of development for motorsport-related electric vehicle technology and for alternative powertrain and infrastructure integration in general. TMG has already concluded several electric vehicle projects for external clients and is the proud record holder for electric vehicles at the NĂ¼rburgring Nordschleife and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. www.toyota-motorsport.com.