NASCAR’s first electric racecar prototype lacks the roar of a V8 engine

NASCAR’s first electric racecar prototype lacks the roar of a V8 engine

Formula-1 and NASCAR are the two top names in circuit racing Motorsports with the responsibility to lessen carbon emissions in the future. Formula-1 has already started working on sustainable fuels that have minimal environmental impact. They even have Formula-E dedicated to clean racing. Now, NASCAR has shown its intent to go all-electric by the year 2035.

Last weekend they revealed their first ever prototype electric racecar at the Chicago Street Race. The $1.5 million crossover developed in association with ABB, Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota is a part of the NASCAR Impact program. According to NASCAR’s head of sustainability Riley Nelson, the series wants to explore the interest of fans in electric racing and its future. The prototype has only been driven by NASCAR driver David Ragan and he has some interesting insights to share.

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David explored the car’s limit at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia and was just two-tenths away from the average time of a V8-powered NASCAR racer. Even though the electric racer has twice the acceleration and impressive braking ability, the overall weight limits it on the corners where it cannot carry more speed. The champion racer did admit though that he could have taken it faster, but the aim right now is to derive as many test results as possible and not necessarily risk damaging any hardware.

The electric racecar built on a modified Next Gen chassis is powered by three STARD UHP 6-Phase motors one at the front and two at the rear. They feed the powertrain capable of generating 1,000 kW peak output. The motors get their power from a liquid-cooled 78 kWh battery. To get more juice, the car employs regenerative braking to convert the kinetic energy of braking on turns into extra power.

Sustainable qualities are not just limited to the powertrain, as the All-Wheel Drive car has a body made out of sustainable flax-based composite material. Other components of the racer including the steering wheel, suspension, brakes and wheels are all salvaged from a 2022 NASCAR Cup Series car. Just like any other electric vehicle, this monster doesn’t roar when compared to a gas-powered V8. That element will only have to be artificially added in the form of sound coming from an exterior speaker.

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