Racing to the clouds at Pikes Peak
Last weekend, we brought our all-new, all-electric TMG EV P002 racer to one of the most challenging races in North America: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. After 156 corners, 19.99 km and a 1,440 m ascent to the summit at 4,300m, we are now the proud world record holder for EVs at the historic event.
First raced in 1916, this annual event sees petrolheads from around the world taking on the gruelling challenge – also known affectionately as “The Race to the Clouds.” This year’s event was postponed until last weekend following the devastating Waldo Canyon fires in Colorado.
New for 2012 is that the entire track surface is now paved in asphalt. The course was previously made up of both gravel and tarmac adding a different dimension to the challenge. That’s not to say the current track layout makes it all the easier.
This year’s event was incident-filled with extended red flag sessions. One driver was quoted in the Colorado Gazette as saying “the mountain was angry.” Several top qualifiers didn’t even make it to the summit and the event was halted in the late afternoon on Sunday when rain, snow and hail battered the summit.
At the hands of multiple Japanese rally champion Fumio Nutahara, the TMG EV P002 crossed the finish line at the summit with a time of 10:15.380, beating the previous record set in 2011 at 12:20.084.
Just 12 months ago, the sibling of our Pikes Peak record breaker, the TMG EV P001, set the EV lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The record still stands today at 7:47.794.
Toyota Motorsport GmbH Director for Business Operations, Rob Leupen, said: “It’s a great achievement from the team here in Colorado and also all those back at TMG in Cologne who have played their part in this successful record attempt.”
We based our EV racer using the chassis of a Radical. In the Pikes Peak configuration, the TMG EV P002 can reach a top speed of around 240 km/h with a combined power output of 350 kW, driven by two axial flux motors. Honestly, that sounds like it came fresh out of a Back to the Future movie… (and that’s a good thing!)
With the finish line so high up in the clouds at 4,300 m, the thin air normally gives all the competitors and their cars a tough time. Our EV, however, is designed to maintain full power output to chuck out an amazing 900 Nm of torque through its single-speed gears all the way to the finish line!
We also brought along our Lexus IS F CCS-R Concept to Pikes Peak. The 5-litre IS F engine puts our 311 kW and 505 Nm of torque. It also features lightweight updates for the bonnet, front and rear body kits, windows and doors. The IS F CCS-R came 2nd in the Exhibition class at the hands of Ken Gushi with a time of 11:36.175.
Have a look at the TMG EV P002 in action below. We’re expecting some cool footage from Pikes Peak soon… Don’t forget to check back soon!
If that’s not enough, here’s a never-before-seen clip of our own Le Mans driver, Alex Wurz, taking the TMG EV P002 out for a spin before we shipped it out to Colorado.
Here’s the latest footage of Ken Gushi’s breathtaking Pikes Peak run.
On-board video from our record breaking TMG EV P002 now available!