Toyota and Lexus Enters Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with EVs
Toyota and Lexus are all set to debut in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, by introducing electric vehicles that signify the current culture surrounding the two Japanese auto giants. Toyota announced that it enters the race with the TMG EV P002, an all electric and high performance electric vehicle set with two electric motors, which generates 469 horsepower alongside 664 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 149 mph. Piloted by Japanese rally driver Fumio Nutahara, the TMG EV P002 will be competing against other cars including an EV conversion E36 BMW M3, a modified Mitsubishi i-MiEV and another EV being run by storied driver Monster Tajima. To prove its efficiency, Toyota tested the vehicle in May at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France.
Besides, Lexus introduces a stripped racecar version of the IS-F, which has not been altered. Despite racing exhaust system, there are no powertrain upgrades included in this model. By adding additional coolers for the engine and transmission oil, the car has been converted to compete at the Pikes Peak race. Other upgrades include changeable race suspension and a smaller steering wheel. Apart from these changes, the new IS-F is weightless compared to its predecessor and it lost almost 700 pounds, bringing the curb weight to 3087. The car enthusiasts are weighting to know how both cars finish the race at Pikes Peak.