Whereas NASCAR officers have hinted at a swap to hybrid powertrains round 2024, it seems the group is concurrently planning to launch an electrical race collection.
Common NASCAR information web site Kickin’ the Tires in July posted presentation slides detailing an indication electrical collection. The slides are alleged to be from an official presentation and element plans to have prototype electrical race vehicles conducting an indication run as quickly because the 2023 Busch Conflict scheduled for February 5 on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The slides additionally element plans to have a collection for the prototype vehicles up and working earlier than 2023 is out, with the races prone to be aligned with rounds from the premier Cup Collection. There could be two races at every spherical—one on the Saturday and one other on the Sunday—and every would final half-hour.
Curiously, the slides additionally detailed some specs for the prototype electrical race vehicles. They might run on a 900-volt electrical system and have three electrical motors delivering a mixed output of greater than 1,000 hp. There could be additional improvement of the race vehicles in phases, utilizing classes realized from the demonstration collection and different electrical collection similar to Method E.
When requested concerning the slides, NASCAR replied to Kickin’ the Tires with the assertion “As we have now talked about previously, we’re exploring the potential for an EV demonstration collection. We’re at the moment working with our OEM companions and race groups as this system progresses.”
It isn’t the primary time NASCAR has hinted at an electrical collection. Throughout a press convention in March, Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief working officer, stated the group was taking a look at an indication collection for electrical race vehicles, notably in view of OEMs closely pushing the know-how.