Electricity-Powered Pikes Peak Effort For Toyota

Toyota is sending a revised race car, the TMG EV P002, to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event in order to defend its electric title.

Based on data gained from last year’s record-breaking run of 10 minutes 15.380 seconds, engineers at TMG’s electric vehicle technology center have found ways to obtain more performance from the TMG powertrain.

Toyota said the TMG EV P002 is already the benchmark for electric race cars worldwide, having demonstrated true performance and versatility in establishing the current electric records at Pikes Peak and Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The car is currently on its way to Salisbury, N.C., where Toyota Racing Development U.S.A. Inc. (TRD USA) will perform aerodynamic upgrades to the Radical-based chassis as well as track testing.

It is on June 30 that Rod Millen will drive the TMG EV P002 at Pikes Peak.

As a multiple record-setter at Pikes Peak and regular competitor in Toyota racecars, the 61-year-old New Zealander is highly experienced and will benefit from various improvements to the high-tech racer.

Motor speed and torque have been increased while the powertrain’s operating parameters have been tuned to better suit the challenge of the 19.99 kilometer Pikes Peak track said Toyota, basing these claims on experience gained during last year’s class victory.

TMG support crew is expected by Toyota to further optimize the powertrain during the practice week prior to race day, while using experience gained from last year to assist their TRD USA colleagues in running the car.

Once again TMG is using its pioneering off-board battery-to-battery charging technology, including Schneider Electric EVlink DC Charger, to charge the TMG EV P002 from the mountainside, where there is no reliable connection to the power grid.

Mounted in the rear of a Toyota Hiace, the TMG DC Quick Charger includes a 42 kilowatt lithium-ion battery, which can be charged directly from the AC power grid.

After an overnight charge, the TMG DC Quick Charger is able to quickly deliver high levels of power to a battery-based electric car without additional installation or infrastructure.

With varying current and voltage output, Toyota  said the TMG DC Quick Charger becomes an independent source of power for rapid recharging in any location, making it the perfect solution for electric motorsport.