Toyota Motorsport now holds the lap record for an electric vehicle at the Nürburgring. The German-based operation’s TMG EV P001 broke the old record by a convincing margin last week when the car, with a 100% electric powertrain and Jochen Krumbach at the wheel, covered the 20.8km Nordschleife in 7 mins 47.794 secs to best the existing time of 9 mins 1.338 secs.

The TMG EV P001 is based on a Radical chassis, modified by TMG for e-WOLF. With two EVO Electric motors, the vehicle has a 260 kph top speed. Combined with 800 Nm of torque, this allowed the car to achieve impressive speeds on the extremely challenging Nordschleife.

The company’s target prior to the record run was to become the first electric vehicle to break the eight-minute barrier, and this was achieved comfortably on a day when the notoriously changeable Nürburgring weather stayed fine, with relatively low track temperatures.

The new lap record was completed on road-legal tyres, using the complete track, and verified by independent lap timing. Spurred on by this achievement, TMG is looking to begin commercial sales of the technology in 2012