NASCAR’s Electric Racing Future Is Shaped Like a Crossover, Leaked Image Shows

NASCAR has been exploring electric racing since developing the original Next Gen Cup Series platform in 2021, but details about what an electric NASCAR stock car would look like have been kept under wraps. However, Road & Track recently obtained a leaked image of a crossover-shaped EV that is reportedly being tested as a NASCAR electric race car concept.

While the leaked image resembles the upcoming Blazer SS EV, sources have indicated that it may actually be a generic, unbranded car that coincidentally resembles the Chevrolet model. Multiple sources familiar with the project have confirmed that the illustration matches concepts the racing series has been evaluating. The electric racers are expected to be exaggerated, ultra-aggressive takes on their production car equivalents, featuring a crossover shape with a rear wing instead of a traditional spoiler.

It has been suggested that the car is based on the Next Gen chassis currently in use in the top-level Cup Series, with modifications made to accommodate electric powertrain components. The anticipated body style for any NASCAR EV racer is a crossover shape, with Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota being potential competitors in the electric racing segment.

While specific details of the concept remain unknown, sources within the sport believe that the goal is to achieve performance parity with the current Next Gen car, which would likely mean a peak output of over 1000 horsepower. The concept is currently in a stage similar to the development of the Next Gen car. It’s unclear how the car will be deployed, but plans for a 12-car series that ran two 30-minute races with support from each manufacturer involved in the series have been suggested.

The concept has already tested at Charlotte’s zMax Dragway and plans to test again at the Martinsville Speedway short track oval in December. A reveal of the concept is expected as early as January 2024.

The transition to electric racing in NASCAR brings questions about the spectator experience and potential challenges in engaging fans accustomed to the sound of V-8 engines. However, showcasing the capabilities of the electric race car on track may be the only way to determine how fans will respond to this new era of racing.


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