Toyota’s TMG EV P001 just became the first electric car to shatter the 8-minute barrier at the Nurbirgring racetrack in Germany, with a blazing new time of 7 minutes and 47.794 seconds. Toyota Motorsport GmbH knocked an entire minute off the speed record for an EV at the ‘Ring’. The car handily beat the Peugeot EX1′s already amazing April record of 9 minutes and 1.338 seconds, which shows that the technology behind electric vehicle motors is really taking off.
The TMG EV P001 is powered by two electric motors that can move the vehicle to a top speed of 161.5 miles per hour with an incredible 590 lb-ft of torque. “The goals for this project were twofold: obviously we wanted to set a new EV lap record and I am very pleased we could achieve that so comprehensively,” said TMG’s Technical Director Pascal Vasselon. “On the other hand, we also wanted to learn more about the operation of our electric powertrain in extreme circumstances; in motorsport there is no more extreme circuit than the Nürburgring.” The coolest part? You get to tag along for the ride in the cockpit of the P001. Check out the video above to see what it’s like to set a new record at the ‘Ring.