NASCAR’s first hydrogen-powered tempo automotive hits the monitor
NASCAR could also be dominated by fuel-guzzling racers, however its tempo automotive this weekend is decidedly kinder to the setting. The motorsport league’s Dash Cup race in Richmond on the twenty sixth (delayed from the twenty fifth because of rain) has Toyota’s hydrogen-powered Mirai as its tempo automotive — the primary time a gasoline cell automotive has had that distinction at a NASCAR occasion. That is largely a publicity stunt to construct up hype for the Mirai’s Californian launch later this yr, however it exhibits that hydrogen automobiles have the efficiency wanted to maintain up with inventory automobiles throughout yellow flags. The actual problem might be getting the precise rivals to go inexperienced. Whereas there have been hydrogen-fueled race automobiles earlier than, the chances are that NASCAR and its followers aren’t wanting to abandon roaring V8s any time quickly.