EV ORIGINS AT TGR-E
TOYOTA GAZOO RACING EUROPE'S TRACK RECORD IN EV TECHNOLOGY DATES BACK TO 2007 WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT F1 WOULD USE KINETIC ENERGY RECOVERY SYSTEMS FROM 2009.
TGR-E, back then still known as TMG, created a dedicated 80-person KERS development team with a focus on a battery KERS solution, following a thorough evaluation of all options.
The Toyota F1 KERS was rolled out in 2009 with a track test to prove the performance and reliability of the system.
In 2009, the EV Technology Centre in Cologne was founded to provide development and integration of electric powertrains for motorsport and road-going vehicles.
Since then, the first EVs have rolled out of the TGR-E factory with an on-going and continuous development of the services and technology offered at the EV Technology Center.
In 2011, TGR-E set a new lap record for an electric car at the legendary 20.8km Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit with the TMG EV P001.
TGR-E broke its own record just a year later as the TMG EV P002 improved the previous mark by over 25 seconds. It was the second new record of the year for TGR-E’s electric powertrain after its record-breaking run at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, United States, in August.