After two years of research, development, testing and fine-tuning, sources confirm NASCAR will debut its EV racecar at the Busch Light Clash in Los Angeles but fans thinking this will be the end of the Cup Series or a transition into “silent runnings” at the racetrack need not panic.

Unlike the electric hum of EV racecars, the hue and cry of fans concerned about EVs pushing internal combustion engine (ICE) racecars out of stockcar racing have not fallen on deaf ears. Sources confirmed to Kickin‘ the Tires, which first broke the news of the EV racing program on July 21, 2022, that NASCAR‘s primary motivation for creating it is for research and development — stressing, “there is no plan to take the noise out of NASCAR or bring in EV racing as a replacement racing series.”

NASCAR‘s electric racecar resembles a small crossover-style passenger vehicle, similar to a rally car like the ones used in Travis Pastrana’s Nitrocross racing events. It was tested in secrecy at zMAX Dragway with mixed results before O‘Donnell confirmed it would be tested in December at Martinsville Speedway.

See much more at Kickin the Tires.

AND: A newly-designed electric compact utility vehicle, with lights, will be on the track for a demonstration during festivities at next weekend‘s Busch Light Clash in Los Angeles. NASCAR tested it in Martinsville last December, having it run 340 laps over three days. There are no current plans for an electric series, but NASCAR said it is developing technology to potentially investigate hydrogen combustion and other types of electric vehicles in the future. The car will be driven by 38-year-old part-time driver David Ragan in the demonstration.

Charlotte Observer


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