Rumors about an incoming NASCAR EV have been circulating since 2022, indicating that the North American stock car racing organization is at least considering a future in electrification. In late 2023, an illustration of an all-electric crossover race car was leaked, representative of a model that is allegedly undergoing testing. That electric crossover racer may break cover in the very near future as part of the pre-race festivities at the 2024 Busch Light Clash, as per a recent report from Kickin’ the Tires.
The NASCAR EV race car has been in development for two years, and while the previous leaked illustration was not designed to resemble any one manufacturer’s product in particular, it does bear a mild resemblance to the Chevy Blazer EV SS, which could very well replace the Camaro in the Cup Series. Allegedly, it was tested in secret at zMAX Dragway before taking to the track at Martinsville Speedway late last year under tight security. Results, videos and photos from the tests have yet to be released.
“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,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet V.P. of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It doesn’t mean it is going racing tomorrow, it is a matter of learning, testing and learning. That is a hallmark of racing across all of the series we are in and it is a hallmark of what we do inside the company and an OEM. So, I think you have to keep learning, you have to, and they will learn what works and what doesn’t.”
For clarity, the NASCAR EV will not race in the 2024 Busch Light Clash on February 4th, but will simply be revealed. NASCAR stated that it currently has no intention to replace its internal combustion engine-powered race cars with electric vehicles, and that it has no plans to “take the noise of out NASCAR,” or to replace any of its divisions with EV racing.