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Nascar unveils a new EV prototype at the Chicago Street Race

Nascar unveils an electric vehicle prototype at the Chicago Street Race, showcasing its commitment to sustainable racing technology with ABB’s support.

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Today, you witnessed a significant leap in NASCAR's journey towards . During the Chicago Street Race, NASCAR unveiled its latest innovation: an electric vehicle (EV) prototype stock car. This initiative is part of Nascar's ongoing efforts to embrace greener technology, supported by its new partnership with Swedish electrification firm ABB.

A new look for Nascar

This new EV prototype is a radical departure from the traditional fuel-burning V8 stock cars you're used to seeing. It resembles a performance crossover like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and is designed to blend high performance with sustainability. But don't worry, the ABB Nascar EV prototype isn't set to replace the iconic V8 engines just yet.

NASCAR has equipped this car with three electric motors—one at the front and two at the back. These are powered by a 78-kWh liquid-cooled battery capable of generating an impressive 1,000 kW at peak power. This setup promises to deliver thrilling performance on the track, showcasing the potential of electric motors in high-speed racing.

Built on the Next Gen chassis

The EV prototype sits on a modified version of the Next Gen chassis, which Nascar introduced in 2022. This chassis was designed with future transitions to alternative fuels in mind. Major automotive players like Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota have collaborated on the development of this EV, ensuring it meets high standards of performance and reliability.

Before the public unveiling, only NASCAR driver David Ragan had the privilege of driving the US$1.5 million prototype. He shared his experience with The Associated Press, revealing that despite its almost double acceleration, his fastest lap at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia was just “two-tenths of a second slower” than a conventional stock car. However, the added weight of the battery system did slow him down in the turns.

The future of NASCAR racing

While traditional stock cars aren't going anywhere soon, rumours suggest that hybrids might be introduced in the coming years. Nascar is exploring various avenues for integrating high-performance racing with sustainable technology. The of the ABB-sponsored, all-electric Formula E series is a testament to the potential of electric racing, and Nascar might follow a similar path.

Expect more exciting developments as NASCAR continues to innovate and push the boundaries of racing technology. This new EV prototype is just the beginning of a greener future for NASCAR, blending tradition with cutting-edge advancements.

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Emma Job
Emma Job
Emma is a freelance news editor at Tech Edition. With a decade's experience in content writing, she revels in both crafting and immersing herself in narratives. From tracking down viral trends to delving into the most recent news stories, her goal is to deliver insightful and timely content to her readers.

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