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James Allen on EV: Toyota for Nurburging electric record – are after EV race series

No official pics of Toyota’s yet, but we’re told it be similar to the e-Wolf EV pictured

By Allen on August 2, 2011 PM

Toyota has just announced attempting to smash the electric lap record at the infamous Nürburgring which could indicate the company is looking to supply EV to motorsport’s governing body the FIA for an electric race series.

The move by Toyota Motorsport (TMG) is fascinating and my hunch is this exercise by Toyota is a to them offering to supply the FIA as reported in a post I did here on in April. Jean Todt, of motorsport’s governing body the has been discussing the EV series, will have backing the EU.

The series is an indication of the interest in EVs among Europe’s politicians; they want to spread the about the technology and project a fun for it. And so they’ve approached the FIA to get them to an EV racing series. The idea be to leverage F1’s powerful platform globally.

The current EV lap record on he Nordschleife at 9min 1.338secs, a time set by EX-1, and Toyota says it has beaten that already in testing.

The 100% electric car is a with a top speed of 260km/h and a time of 3.9 seconds. Speaking today to TheChargingPoint.com, Toyota the car is similar to the Radical-based ALPHA × 1 which it developed for e-Wolf. cars come out of the TMG headquarters in Germany, where Toyota’s F1 was based until its withdrawal the sport at the end of 2009.

Toyota says it wants to that “green thinking as it puts it, can get fans excited and emotion, as racing has done for a And as racing has been the test bed for innovations throughout history, so it is with this project.

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“We are confident we can break the record by distance,” said Rob Leupen, Motorsport’s Director of Business “which is an indication of how EV performance is improving.

“TMG is a leader in high-performance and we want to show the world how far technology has developed. Our mission is to this technology, not only in but in the automotive sector in general, to products with more and better durability for our customers.”

The attempt will be a good of progress in technologies like management and will send out a signal about the potential of vehicles. It is vital that who are used to petrol powered feel excited about EVs and kind of thing helps to down the barrier.

It would be quite a breakthrough for the of EVs. There are other interested in supplying this and seeing Toyota make move could encourage It feels to me like the start of

Toyota’s record attempt be on 29 August.


Here’s a video of the ALPHA × 1 SRF in action:

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Toyota i-Road EVs Electric Cars
Toyota i-Road EVs Electric Cars

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