Toyota eye electric record
Electric car will attempt to set new lap record on the Nordschleife
Last Updated: August 2, 2011 6:10pm
Toyota: Confident of setting new record
Toyota will attempt to set a new electric vehicle record later this month in Germany.
The marque will look to post a new lap record at the Nurburgring's legendary Nordschleife circuit.
Toyota's 100 per cent electric car has a top speed of 160mph and can travel from 0-62mph in 3.9secs.
Rob Leupen, Toyota Motorsport's director of business operations, said: "We are extremely confident of doing so by some distance, which is an indication of how electric vehicle performance is continuously improving.
"Toyota Motorsport is a leader in high-performance powertrains and we want to show the world how far this technology has developed.
"Our mission is to advance this technology, not only in motorsport but in the automotive sector in general, to deliver products with more performance and better durability for our customers."
It is understood the record bid is an indication of Toyota's interest to supply any future FIA electric vehicle championship as motor sport's world governing body push green technologies.
Toyota believe they can break the existing record for the 12.9-mile track of nine minutes 1.338secs having already bettered the time in unofficial testing.