Nascar introduces electric racing car in Chicago

NASCAR has unveiled its first electric race car, teaming up with Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota and ABB to demonstrate the effectiveness of electric cars in motor racing

NASCAR has taken a significant step toward the future by unveiling its first electric racing car in Chicago, replacing the traditional roar of engines with a hum. This innovation is the result of a collaboration with Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, and ABB to test a high-performance electric vehicle and gauge fan interest.

The prototype, valued at $1.5 million, has so far only been driven by semi-retired driver David Ragan. The car will be tested on the Chicago street circuit, offering a unique experience without the usual noise of gasoline engines.

NASCAR elctric car


Unprecedented performance and fan reactions

The new electric NASCAR car is a crossover utility with an aerodynamic design made possible by a massive rear wing. This vehicle can accelerate nearly twice as fast as top gasoline race cars, reaching 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. Its braking capability is equally impressive, with almost instantaneous deceleration thanks to an advanced regenerative braking system.

The vehicle is equipped with a high-capacity battery that ensures considerable range, even during intense racing sessions. The battery uses next-generation lithium-ion cells, developed in collaboration with ABB, to ensure optimal performance and extended longevity. A sophisticated thermal management system keeps the battery at the ideal temperature, preventing overheating during competitions.

The electric motor, developed with advanced technologies, offers a maximum power of about 670 horsepower (500 kW), with instant torque providing lightning-fast acceleration. The car also features a lightweight yet sturdy chassis made from advanced composite materials like carbon and flax, the latter supplied by Swiss company Bcomp. These materials not only reduce the vehicle’s overall weight but also contribute to its sustainability.

Eric Warren of General Motors revealed that more than half of NASCAR fans would be more interested in electric vehicles if they saw them racing. The new car is a crossover utility with a massive rear wing for aerodynamics, capable of accelerating nearly twice as fast as gasoline cars and braking quickly, although it is slower in corners due to its heavier weight.

This initiative is part of NASCAR’s broader sustainability plan, which includes using sustainable fuel, recycling, and 100% renewable energy by 2028. ABB will install electric charging stations at NASCAR circuits, available for all users. NASCAR is also exploring the use of hydrogen cars and aims to reduce operational emissions to zero by 2035.

Source: NASCAR

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