Toyota’s Pikes Peak Effort Relies On EV Racecar

Toyota is aiming to defend its electric record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb at the end of the month with its EV P002 race car.

The electric racecar showed promising pace in official testing this last weekend.

The two-day session at the world-famous course in Colorado ran smoothly for the Toyota Motorsport team (TMG) and Toyota Racing Development USA team (TRD).

A half-course run was made each day and the combined results from these indicate an overall time better than the EV record the car set last year.

Rob Millen, a multiple Pikes Peak record-setter, was at the wheel as fine tuning was carried out on the car’s balance, braking, traction control and cooling, and tire options were evaluated.

Last year the Toyota set a new EV record of 10 minutes 15.380 seconds.

According to TMG, data from this run has been used by engineers at TMG’s Cologne technology centre to improve the electric powertrain. Motor speed and torque have been increased and the system’s operating parameters have been tuned to better suit the demands of the 12.42-mile Pikes Peak tack.

The unit now delivers 400 kilowatt and 1,200Nm of torque.

Since the car arrived in the USA last month, the TRD team has made aerodynamic and other upgrades to the chassis.

With the benefit of a three-fold increase in downforce and a new carbon ceramic braking system, TMG said the more powerful TMG EV P002 is ready to take on the increasingly competitive electric class.

Its challenge will be supported by a pioneering off-board, battery-to-battery charging system, which provides a reliable power source at the Pikes Peak circuit, where there is no reliable local grid connection.

 

TMG EV P002 Technical Specifications

Performance

Maximum speed (mph)                            142

Maximum torque (Nm)                            1,200

Maximum power (kW)                            400

Maximum rpm                                                6,000

 

Powertrain

Electric Motor                         2 axial flux

Inverter                                   2 x TMG inverters

Gear Ratio                              3.13

Transmission                          Single-reduction gearing

Battery                                    Lithium ceramic

Battery Capacity (kWh)                                     42 kWh

Charging Technology                             Off-boardDC charging

 

Dimensions

Length (mm)                           4,100

Height (mm)                           1,040

Width (mm)             1,790