Electrifying Rumors Turn Reality as NASCAR EV Set to Debut
Speculations surrounding the entrance of an electric vehicle (EV) into NASCAR have been buzzing since 2022, hinting at the iconic North American stock car racing organization’s potential shift towards electrification. Late in 2023, a leaked illustration of an all-electric crossover race car surfaced, purportedly in the midst of rigorous testing. This groundbreaking electric crossover racer might see the light of day soon, with reports suggesting an unveiling during the pre-race festivities at the highly anticipated 2024 Busch Light Clash.
The NASCAR EV has been under development for a formidable two years, and though the leaked illustration wasn’t specifically modeled after any particular manufacturer’s product, it does bear a striking resemblance to the Chevy Blazer EV SS. There’s speculation that this electrifying model could potentially replace the iconic Camaro in the Cup Series. Allegedly, it underwent secretive testing at zMAX Dragway before making its track debut at Martinsville Speedway late last year, all under tight security measures. However, details, videos, and photos from these tests remain shrouded in mystery.
Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, shed light on the development, stating, “Clearly, all the OEMs were aware of the mule that was built, the test car, that is what we call a mule in our industry. It doesn’t mean it is going racing tomorrow; it is a matter of learning, testing, and learning.” Campbell emphasized the essence of continuous learning in racing across various series and within the automotive industry.
For those eagerly anticipating the 2024 Busch Light Clash on February 4th, it’s essential to note that the NASCAR EV will not be hitting the track just yet. Instead, it will be unveiled during the event. NASCAR has clarified that there are no immediate plans to replace its internal combustion engine-powered race cars with electric vehicles. The organization remains committed to preserving the distinctive sound of NASCAR, assuring fans that they have no intentions of silencing the iconic noise associated with the sport. Furthermore, there are no current plans to replace any of its divisions with EV racing.