NASCAR Ready To Run Electric Race Cars and SUVs In 2023
Following a push by OEMs to better reflect the future of their own electric products, a leaked document appears to confirm that NASCAR will begin integrating electrification into the 2023 Busch Light Clash. The LA Coliseum is the venue for this race. The leaked document also contained illustrations of a Ford Mustang Mach-E, a 2024 Chevy Blazer SS and a Toyota bZ4X as Cup cars. Since the current Gen 7 cars are modular, allowing them to accept any drivetrain, changing the body shouldn’t be that difficult.
Who leaked the NASCAR electric racing information?
Kickin’ The Tires originated the docs. Besides the LA Coliseum event, midway through 2023, there will be six exhibition races. Based on its findings after the 2023 EV races, NASCAR will oversee electric development with the goal of a “2025 National Series.”
NASCAR will focus on determining safety practices and incorporate aspects of the Formula E and ERC EV series. The sounds of racing cars will also be discussed. Formula E uses unique sounds for each team’s cars. It will also access the natural sound of the racing car.
It is also envisioned that OEs will create race car bodies of their own production SUV and crossover models. Some wondered if OEs could generate bodies in time for the Colosseum race. But creating it is the easy part. Wind tunnel testing is what takes time, but the speculated schedule seems more than doable.
How is Nascar electric racing better than ICE Cup racing?
To make electric vehicle racing attractive, NASCAR must meet certain goals. Lap times should at least match, or better exceed, those of current Gen Seven races. Pit stops can only be for tire replacements, mechanical issues and/or repair of accident damage . Two races per weekend would be scheduled around Cutting strokeswith one on Saturday and another on Sunday.
Supposedly, Generation Seven cars can allow ICE transmission clips to be replaced with battery and electric motor clips. The rest of the car can handle the change, so there should be no changes to the cabins, suspensions or brakes. The specifications call for three electric motors driving all four wheels. Imagine the added traction over today’s rear-wheel-drive racing cars. To meet NASCAR’s goals, the engines would have to generate 1,000 hp. A 900-volt battery adds 200 kW through regenerative braking.
What’s on the minds of some enthusiasts if the addition of electric vehicles ultimately means companies like Polestar and Tesla are fielding cars? While not a cheap proposition, it would certainly add interest to have more automakers competing. Remember, the glory days of NASCAR were when cars from Pontiac, Dodge, Mercury and Plymouth raced alongside Fords, Chevys and Dodge. Giving fans the opportunity to spread the love adds to the overall satisfaction of NASCAR events.
Will all of this happen? We know that NASCAR is definitely exploring an EV racing series. He even said it. But, if these leaked documents are legit, this is the first frame fans can bite into. That’s if it’s really legit.
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