Toyota has filled in its blank on the roster of electric cars to challenge Pikes Peak in the annual hillclimb to the summit. When we reported on the electric cars that will make race up the hill, we listed Toyota as TBD, or to be determined. No longer. It has been determined that Toyota’s electric racer will be the TMG EV P002.
The Toyota TMG EV P002 is an car based on a Radical race car chassis and is a followup on the TMG EV P001 that set the electric car lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife race circuit in Germany. The P001 was a barely street-legal version of the Radical Radical SR8LM modified for electric propulsion.
Both Toyota electric cars have been prepared by Toyota Motorsports Gmbh in Germany. The new TMG EV P002 car, to be driven by multiple-time Japanese rally champion Fumio Nutahara, will compete at Pikes Peak as part of a project from Japanese company RK1 Inc.
The TMG EV P002 has a predicted top speed of 150 mph in Pikes Peak configuration, with combined maximum power of 470 horsepower and 663 of torque from its two axial flux motors. The TMG EV P002 will put its power to the ground via single-speed gearing.
The competition between the Toyota TMG EV P002 and Mitsubhishi i-MiEV Evolution, along with other electrically-powered racers will open a new silent era of racing that will be interesting to watch, if not to hear.