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NASCAR launches its first electric car

NASCAR launches its first electric car
NASCAR launches its first electric car

You wouldn’t necessarily expect the premiere of a new electric vehicle at NASCAR, but the racing car manufacturer surprised the automotive world on Sunday with the presentation of an electric stock car that has twice the horsepower of the racing cars.

The prototype debuted at the Chicago Street Race. It can generate a peak power of 1,000 kW and is best suited for road courses and short oval tracks, the organization said. The vehicle, developed in collaboration with Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota, was built by NASCAR engineers.

Despite the RV’s strength, NASCAR made it clear that it has no plans to move away from its gasoline-powered vehicles any time soon. In a press release, it said: “While NASCAR is committed to the historic role of the internal combustion engine in racing, it is also committed to decarbonizing its operations and reducing its own carbon footprint to zero across its core business by 2035 through electrification and innovative solutions.”

The electric car on display is powered by three electric motors. One drives the front wheels, while two others drive the rear wheels. Together, they can generate up to 1,300 horsepower. This power could convince NASCAR fans, who are often skeptical about electric cars, of the technology’s potential.

NASCAR driver David Ragan test-drove the $1.5 million vehicle and told the Associated Press his fastest lap at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia was “two-tenths of a second slower” than in a gasoline-powered car. Weight, he said, was the problem, as the heavier car slowed in the corners.

Electric vehicles are already an integral part of the racing car scene, for example in Formula 1, where Formula E, an all-electric racing series, was launched ten years ago.

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