The Nationwide Scorching Rod Affiliation (NHRA) has created an electrical automobile class for drag racing. It is set to debut in 2022 as a part of the NHRA Summit Racing Collection.
Electrical drag racing is nothing new, however this marks the primary time the NHRA has formally integrated electrical vehicles into considered one of its racing sequence. The choice follows a series of meetings on electric drag racing held by the sanctioning physique over the previous 4 years, in line with an NHRA press launch.
The brand new class will present automakers “a platform to showcase their EV expertise, manufacturing, and racing efforts,” NHRA Vice President of Competitors Ned Walisser stated in a press release. Nonetheless, guidelines for the category have not been finalized, so it is unclear what kind these electrical drag vehicles will take.
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One chance is including electrical powertrains to present manufacturing automobiles, as with the Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro and Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototypes which have already run at some dragstrips.
Tesla has by no means proven curiosity in racing, however YouTube is stuffed with movies exhibiting the automaker’s EVs humiliating internal-combustion-engine vehicles on the dragstrip. Lengthy earlier than fashionable manufacturing electrical vehicles, drag racing was additionally an vital a part of the homebuilt EV scene, populated by vehicles just like the “White Zombie,” a 1972 Datsun 1200 electrical conversion.
The NHRA is considered one of a number of racing sanctioning our bodies trying to get greener. Method One already makes use of hybrid powertrains, with IndyCar anticipated to observe swimsuit in 2023 (one yr later than deliberate on account of coronavirus delays), and even NASCAR is considering hybrids. The Method E electrical single-seater sequence is gaining traction, and just lately added the Extreme E off-road sequence. In Europe, electrical counterparts to the favored touring-car and rallycross classes are underneath growth.