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Toyota Motorsports Sets EV Lap Record On The Nürburgring

Posted in Car Tech, Cool Stuff, Electric Cars, News, Track Events by Kurt Ernst | August 31st, 2011 | 1 Response |

If you still think that electric power is for golf carts only, have a look at the video below. In it, Toyota Motorsport driver Jochen Krumbach sets a new world record for a lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife, running it from bridge to gantry in just under 7:48. That was fast enough to shatter the old record of 9:01, set by Peugeot’s EX1 electric roadster concept.

Just so you have a benchmark, 7:48 is identical to the time set by Horst von Sauma in a BMW M3 GTS. It’s faster than a 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S and a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4, but not quite as fast as a Porsche 911 GT3 RS or a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

Without the roar of an internal combustion engine, you can hear all of the car’s subtle mechanical noises, such as the chassis flexing and the brake pads grabbing and releasing. You can hear the tires fighting for grip as well, and it’s clear that Krumbach wasn’t holding anything back on his record run attempt. It’s still going to be some time before electric racing becomes mainstream, but you have to be impressed by how hard the car pulls out of corners. If that’s a golf cart, it’s a damn fast golf cart.

Source: Left Lane News

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