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Toyota Details Upcoming Nurburgring Electric Record Attempt, Reveals Prototype

Toyota Motorsport today released information on its plans to make Nurburgring history on August 29th by setting a new electric vehicle (EV) lap record on the demanding 20.832km Nordschleife section.

Toyota’s high-performance electric powertrain will provide the go-power for the attempt which aims to best the current 9 minutes 1.338 seconds time. The Motorsport division believes they will do this on the first day, but has scheduled further trials just in case.

The electric powertrain uses two electric motors to deliver peak power of 280kW and a top speed of 260km/h with zero emissions, proving you can go super fast and still be green if you have... a motorsport division to back you up.

Their prototype only weighs 970kg including the battery pack, so handling should be as crisp as a spring morning. This is actually the first image ever revealed of the car that will attempt the record run.

“We want to demonstrate the high level of performance which can now be reached with an electric powertrain, not only in motorsport terms but as part of TMG’s existing development work on road car EV technology. There is no more evocative place to illustrate this performance than on the Nordschleife,"
commented TMG General Manager Electric & Electronics Ludwig Zeller.

Our target is to beat the existing record by more than just a few seconds because that will demonstrate just how far our technology has developed since TMG began working on KERS systems in 2007. Many people are still dreaming of an electric future for motorsport; at TMG we believe this is much closer than some think and we intend to show what can be achieved with a high-performance electric powertrain,”
  Zeller added.
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