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Toyota Bringing Upgraded Electric Prototype to Pikes Peak

It set the record for electric cars up the peak last year

 
 
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All Toyota has shown of the P002 for Pikes Peak is this mockup, which features a larger front wing

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has announced that it is bringing an upgraded version of its EV P002 to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this summer. The car set the record for an electric vehicle up the 12.4-mile hill climb with a time of 10 minutes and 15.380 seconds. It is hoping to go even faster this year. 

The P002 is based on a chassis from sports car maker Radical with 536hp and 885lb-ft electric motors at 6,000rpm developed by Toyota Motorsports GmbH (TMG) in Germany, 67hp and 221lb-ft more than the previous version of the car. Toyota shipped the car to Toyota Racing Development in the US for the aerodynamics modifications necessary for the hill climb, including the large front wing. 

Toyota says that it has recently made upgraded the P002's motor speed and torque, which made it 25 seconds faster around the Nordschleife. It is planning further refinements for the Pikes Peak version of the car. 

"The TMG EV P002 has a perfect history of three records from three attempts, none of which have been beaten, so we have high standards to maintain. The improvements we have made to the powertrain are expected to deliver even higher performance levels, which should again confirm the TMG EV P002 as the standard bearer for electric race cars," said Claudia Brasse, TMG Executive Coordinator for Strategic EV Development.

Rod Millen will drive the P002 during the hill climb. His son, Rhys, will be driving Hyundai's modified Genesis CoupeGenesis CoupéHyundai Genesis CoupéRepublic of Korea, 2013 > present6 photos

The P002 also holds the lap record for a pure electric vehicle around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

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