A sub-8 minute fully-electric Nurburgring lap blows the previous mark of over 9 minutes away.
Toyota has just set a new EV record on the Nurburgring in Germany. The famed German racetrack has been the hotspot for EV racers as of late, with Peugeot previously setting the mark with a lap time of 9.01:33 in their EX1. The TMG EV P001 set an incredible time of 7.47:79 in their pure electric racecar. The car was piloted by Jochen Krumbach as he tore through the 12.93-mile long Nordschleife. The TMG EV P001 used street legal tires and packs 590lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 161mph.
In comparison, the record on the track set by a gasoline powertrain came in 6:48 on the Radical SR8 LM. "This is a very impressive achievement which really shows the huge potential for electric powertrains to deliver fast, exciting action on the race track. There's no doubt that electric motorsport can be every bit as thrilling as traditional racing and it was an amazing sensation to watch the TMG electric vehicle fly past on the Nordschleife, with only the sound of wind rushing past and tyres squealing. To achieve a new lap record at the first attempt, and by such a huge margin, is a great achievement," said TMG's Director of Business Operations Rob Leupen.
Toyota's goal of under 8 minutes was thoroughly beaten. The Japanese automaker plans on selling the EV's guts next year and holding the prestigious Nurburgring record should help get units off the shelves quickly. The full in-cabin video of the record sub-8 minute lap can be seen below.