Yesterday Toyota pulverised the electric car lap record around the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife with its TMG EV P001 driven by Jochen Krumbach (via Axis of Oversteer).
Peugeot’s old record of 9:01.338 is in the bin. The new benchmark is 7:47.794. To put it in perspective, the official lap record for any car round the Nordschleife is 6:11.13.
It is not difficult to guess what Toyota’s goal might be with this project. As their press release says:
Such performance shows TMG’s electric powertrain is ideal to power any future single-make electric motorsport series…
With the FIA planning its Formula E Championship for electric cars, due to start in 2013, who can bet against Toyota playing a role?
Many wonder if the lack of noise would be a turn-off to motorsport fans. But I think the sounds of electric cars are fascinating. Everything is not drowned out by the engine sound. There are new sounds to be mesmerised by. Listen to tyres squeal. The wind rushing past! To my ears, it sounds more dangerous and exciting.
And what about the crashes?!