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Toyota EV track car to hit the market… almost

Last week Toyota announced it is going to attempt to break the Nurburgring EV world lap time record in a special lightweight, purpos-built track car. According to reports, Toyota has also announced the electric motors, battery pack and drivetrain of the racer will hit the market in the near future.

Since the Toyota EV racer is based on a Radical SR3 body and chassis, Toyota can’t actually offer a complete package. But reports say Toyota recently announced, prior to taking on the Nurburgring EV lap record, that it will sell the powertrain setup to would-be EV enthusiasts.

It will be up to the buyer what to do with it – a high-performance shopping trolley perhaps? In all seriousness though, punters could either buy a Radical rolling chassis from Radical and fit the Toyota kit up themselves, or simply adapt the powertrain to kitcar-type setup of their choice. With 280kW on tap, the powertrain is certain to provide some real get-up-and-go no matter what it’s put it in.

As for the price? Toyota is yet to finalise the package. We’ll keep you posted on pricing information as soon as it’s made official. We’ll also keep you updated on the Nurburgring record attempt as well.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.