NASCAR electric series in planning stages according to official presentation slides

While NASCAR officials have hinted at a transition to hybrid powertrains around 2024, it appears the organization is simultaneously planning to launch an electric race series.

Popular NASCAR news website Kicked the Tires in July posted presentation slides detailing a demonstration electric series. The slides are said to be from an official presentation and detail plans to have prototype electric race cars conduct a demonstration run once the 2023 Busch Clash is scheduled for February 5 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The slides also detail plans to have a series for prototype cars running before the end of 2023, with races likely to be aligned with rounds from the premier Cup Series. There will be two races in each round—one on Saturday and one on Sunday—and each will last 30 minutes.

Interestingly, the slides also detail some specs for the prototype electric race cars. They will run on a 900-volt electrical system and feature three electric motors that deliver a combined output of more than 1,000 hp. There will be further development of the racing car in stages, using lessons learned from the demonstration series and other electric series such as Formula E.

When asked about the slides, NASCAR responded to Kickin’ the Tires with the statement “As we have mentioned in the past, we are exploring the potential for an EV demonstration series. We are currently working with our OEM partners and racial groups as the program progresses.”

This isn’t the first time NASCAR has hinted at an electric series. At a press conference in March, Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s chief operating officer, said the organization is looking at a demonstration series for electric race cars, especially with an eye on OEMs pushing the technology too far. .

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