Toyota Motorsport, the team behind the TS030 Hybrid Le Mans racer has continued its record-breaking success by setting a new electric lap record at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany.
Using TMG’s highly tuned electric engine, driver Jochen Krumbach set a lap time of 7mins 22.329secs at the 13-mile circuit, breaking the record set by Toyota in August last year by more than 25 seconds.
TMG’s latest electric milestone used pioneering battery “quick charging” technology.
Called the TMG DC Quick Charger, the system uses a 42kWh lithium ion battery which can be charged directly from the power grid.
After an overnight charge, the TMG DC Quick Charger is plugged into the TMG race car, and is able to quickly deliver lots of energy.
The TMG Quick Charger was developed in partnership with Schneider Electric GmbH to meet the challenge of recharging an electric race car at tracks without reliable access to grid power.
Ludwig Zeller, TMG General Manager Electrics and Electronics, said: “Since our Nürburgring record last year, we have developed our electric powertrain to deliver more power. Pikes Peak was a clear illustration of the improvements and we have now reinforced that at the Nürburgring. But this achievement is not only about on-track performance; we are also very proud of the DC Quick Charger which again provided a reliable power supply in a remote location. We have developed a solution to charge a race car literally anywhere in the world. This, along with the TMG EV P002 powertrain, represents a major step forward for electric motorsport.”