Even though electric cars are only becoming a common sight on our roads, they have dominated the racetracks for over a decade.
If you need proof, watch the video of this modified, road-approved electric Radical from Toyota Motorsport Group, destroy the Nürburgring in under eight minutes – 7 minutes 47 seconds to be precise.
The most mind-boggling part of it all is that it did it in 2011 (10 years ago!), And was the first electric vehicle to go below the eight-minute mark on the German course.
Sure, it’s legal, but it’s not exactly a family saloon. It’s a light, agile and track-oriented vehicle, so a lightning-fast lap time was to be expected.
To save the record time, Toyota Motorsports took a lightweight chassis from a Radical racer, dropped two EVO electric motors and a 41.5 kWh lithium-ceramic battery.
This gave the electric racing car 380 horsepower, and considering that it weighs less than 1,000 kg, it is no slouch.
But to put that in sort of perspective, a specialist Mini-e, with improved suspension, brakes, tires and roll bar, was the first electric vehicle to post a time of less than 10 minutes around the 20.8km Nürburgring. . He completed the course in 9 minutes 52 seconds.
Although the MINI was not quite standard, it was much closer to being a normal car than the TMG P001.
Before the TMG EV P001 achieved its lap time of 7m47, the best time for an EV around Nordschleife was held by the Peugeot EX1 concept car – it is certainly not legal on the road.
In addition, he set a time of 9 minutes 1 second. The TMG P001 completely destroyed it.
The TMG was so fast, and so ahead of its time, that it remains one of the fastest EVs to finish the Nürburgring today.
According to AutoCar, only the Nio EP9 and the specially designed VW ID R went faster – those displayed times of 6 minutes 45 seconds and 6 minutes 5 seconds respectively.
Well, both of these cars are insane pieces of equipment – certainly not consumer grade.
The advancements that have been made in electric runners over the past 10 years are truly astounding – but man is alive! I didn’t realize that electric vehicles were used on the Nürburgring ten years ago. Respect to Toyota.
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Published March 19, 2021 – 15:13 UTC