NASCAR is Testing Its Next Generation: All-Electric

Adam Carter

NASCAR is stepping closer to the future. The US racing organization is raising its sustainability credentials through the introduction of an electric race car prototype. The initiative, revealed at the Chicago Street Race, is a new era for NASCAR as it explores electric vehicle (EV) technology.

What’s Happening & Why This Matters

The electric race car prototype is part of a collaboration with ABB, a Swedish-Swiss multinational corporation known for its expertise in electrification and sustainability solutions. Eric Nyquist, NASCAR’s Senior Vice President and Chief Impact Officer, emphasized ABB’s role in helping NASCAR achieve its public sustainability targets and decarbonize operations to reach net-zero emissions within the next decade.

The electric prototype boasts impressive specifications:

  • Motors: Three STARD UHP 6-Phase motors (one front, two rear) power the vehicle.
  • Battery: A 78-kWh liquid-cooled battery.
  • Power Output: The car can produce 1000 kW at peak power.
  • Regenerative Braking: Converts kinetic energy into power, particularly advantageous for road courses or short oval tracks.

The prototype was developed in collaboration with NASCAR’s OEM partners: Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota. Assembly was performed by the same engineers responsible for the Next Gen car and the Garage 56 entry into the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Impact and Future Implications

While the introduction of an electric race car is a markedly important milestone, NASCAR clarified that it does not plan to bring the car to competitive tracks — just yet. The organization is still exploring the potential of EV technology in its racing series. However, any researching or testing aligns with a broader [automotive industry] trend towards sustainability. By partnering with ABB and leading automakers, NASCAR is positioning itself at the forefront of the electrification movement within motorsports. Motorsports technology (including regenerative breaking, aerodynamics, hybrid batteries) often trickle into consumer product innovations .

TF Summary: What’s Next

A NASCAR electric racer prototype is the sport’s first steps beyond fossil fuel- or ethanol-fuel competition. While electric car racing will not be hitting NASCAR tracks immediately, the project and EV technology are signal the long-term vision for all motorsports. Ultimately, racing fans, consumers, and the environment will reap the benefits.

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By Adam Carter “TF Enthusiast”
Adam Carter is a staff writer for TechFyle's TF Sources. He's crafted as a tech enthusiast with a background in engineering and journalism, blending technical know-how with a flair for communication. Adam holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked in various tech startups, giving him first-hand experience with the latest gadgets and technologies. Transitioning into tech journalism, he developed a knack for breaking down complex tech concepts into understandable insights for a broader audience.
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