The Finnish Toroidion electric car’s journey towards production and Le Mans is moving ahead on schedule. The latest addition to the team is Mika Salo, a racing driver who has over 40 years of experience working with racing cars. Thanks to his long career, Salo has gained an diverse understanding of different racing classes.
“Electricity is bringing a whole new set of elements into motorsport, and it will keep increasing interest in new technologies,” says Salo. “The pace of development is wild right now. It’s great that in Finland, which is known for its drivers and love of motor sport, there can be found such progressive technical know-how and the bravery to take on something completely new.”
“We’re really excited that Mika Salo is joining the team as an advisor”, says Toroidion’s CEO Pasi Pennanen.
“Because of his extensive motor racing experience, Mika will be a fine addition to Toroidion’s R&D team. Mika has been involved in the development of various race cars, but what’s extremely valuable for us is his know-how of the Le Mans series. Mika has participated in the Le Mans 24 Hours race, both in the GT2 class and with prototypes. He’s a two-time Le Mans winner in the GT2 class. Toroidion is aiming at participating in the Le Mans 24 Hours race with an electric car in the next few years.”
Product development for the Toroidion production model is already at the productization phase as far as the electric powertrain is concerned, and the production model based on the 1MW concept car is at the development phase for a batch of 75 units per year.