NASCAR is considering an all-electric racing series

Leaked presentation slides from an internal NASCAR presentation show that the organization may be working on an electric version of their racing series.

According to the website KickinTheTires, the historic racing series could unveil an all-electric racing series as soon as next year. The races will be held as part of the Busch Clash at the Coliseum in Los Angles and will feature 12 cars with 3-4 cars representing each manufacturer; however, it is unclear at this time which manufacturers will participate or even if the race has been confirmed. The leak states that the race will be followed by a cup series of 6 races.

When KickinTheTires requested comment from NASCAR officials, they were given the following response:

“As we’ve mentioned in the past, we’re exploring the potential for an EV demonstration series. We’re currently working with our OEM partners and race teams as the program progresses.”

As seen in the slides provided on the website, the event will consist of 2 races, 30 minutes each, with no charging or battery changing allowed.

The vehicle’s specs are yet to be revealed at the presentation. Each vehicle will use a tri-motor all-wheel-drive setup, capable of more than 1000 horsepower, and 200kW of regen. The vehicles are labeled “Phase 1” indicating that future designs are readily available. It looks like most other parts of the vehicle will remain unchanged from its gas-powered counterpart including the brakes, suspension, and bodywork.

The slides conclude by laying out 4 goals for the series:

Notably, from the goal slide, NASCAR not only needs to show that electric racing can work for manufacturers, but they need to keep fans excited and entertained.

In a comment on the concept of an electric racing series, Dale Earnhardt Jr. responded Dale Jr. Download podcast by saying it will give NASCAR a “new purpose.” He outlined that manufacturers could use this series as the first in the world to try and win with new powertrains and batteries, something that is currently not allowed in the Formula E electric racing series.

This can give the brand exactly what it has been looking for for a long time; a new focus, a reinvigorated audience, and a reassigned set of manufacturers. However, with far from a firm response from NASCAR corporate and no clear indication if these slides are even real in the first place, I’m not getting my hopes up just yet.

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NASCAR is considering an all-electric racing series

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