Toyota recently celebrated its all-electric super sports car, the Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG), for becoming the fastest electric vehicle at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany.
The famous Grand Prix track is roughly 14 miles long, and is a well known spot for automakers to test high-performance vehicles. Looking to beat the previous record for an electric vehicle around the track – approximately 9 minutes – the TMG EV P001 came in with a final time of 7 minutes and 48 seconds, giving the car a very decent margin over the old record.
Weighing just over 2,000 pounds, the TMG is propelled by two electric motors and a 520-volt lithium-ceramic battery that gives the vehicle a top speed of almost 162 mph. Although the powertrain technology is still in the testing phase, Toyota is hoping to begin commercial sales of the super sport system sometime in 2012.
We’ve seen a number of high-performance improvements to electric vehicles recently, including a prototype electric car that traveled 1,000 miles on a single charge and an all-electric vehicle from Spain with a top speed of 180 mph. Obviously, neither of these vehicles has a practical application in the public market at this time, but with any luck advancements on the track will trickle down to regular cars on the road.