Is NASCAR going electric? Launch of EV Racing series with SUV in 2023
These hybrids would burn gas and rubber. NASCAR is apparently considering a new racing series that SUVs and EVs can follow. In a leaked NASCAR document, there’s news that by next summer we could start seeing a prototype EV race car – and it could be an SUV. In the leaked documents, it looks like the premier racing series in the United States is set to develop a new EV SUV racing series.
Is NASCAR going electric?
According to New York Post, the leaked document shows that NASCAR is, unsurprisingly, considering electrifying its race cars. The race would feature 12 cars in 30-minute events with no pit stops or loading allowed. Interestingly, the doc says SUV body styles could compete. The current generation of Next Gen Cup Series cars have an innovative drivetrain design that, in theory, would allow teams to add a hybrid engine to boost the already incredibly powerful V8 engines the race cars use.
Which EV SUVs Would Race NASCAR?
It’s hard to say today what NASCAR would race if NASCAR went electric. But who wouldn’t love to see a Mustang Mach-E vs. Chevy Blazer EV track battle? The Mach E and Blazer EV both amplify their performance rivalry with the Mach-E in high-performance GT trim and Chevy adding an SS badge to the Blazer. Honda is also involved in American racing, and the 2024 Prologue could be an interesting racer. Could we see a Toyota bZ4x racer?
NASCAR EV races are said to be late in the game
The NASCAR movement could mean almost anything, full electric vehicles like Formula E, or it could mean hybrid racing cars like Formula 1. Many don’t realize that today’s Formula 1 cars have both a combustion engine and a hybrid drive.
Since 2014, F1 cars have been powered by hybrids. Hybrid engines add a lot of complexity and weight to F1 cars. But the new cars are as fast as the mighty V10 engines of the 1990s and don’t need to refuel at all for a full run. Combustion V6 engines still sound amazing.
Indycar will launch EV racers in 2024
IndyCar has been trying to put hybrid engines in its race cars for years and planned to release them in 2023. But, due to pandemic-related supply chain constraints, the race series’ hybrid cars will now do their debut in 2024 built by Honda and Chevrolet, according to IndyCar.
The 2024 IndyCars, which race at the Indianapolis 500, will be similar to modern F1 cars. They will have a twin-turbo 2.4-liter V6 mated to a hybrid engine. The goal is to make 800 horsepower, while the hybrid will increase that to 900 horsepower. The cars are already tested.
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