A NASCAR EV has been in the works for quite some time now. In fact, an illustration of an concept race car was leaked late last year, indicating that the future of stock car racing might take the form of an electric crossover. That concept race car is expected to drop cover in the very near future and could be revealed at the 2024 Busch Light Clash this coming weekend, according to a recent report from Kickin’ the Tires.
The NASCAR EV race car has been in development for two years and has allegedly been tested in secret with mixed results. The concept vehicle has spent time on the asphalt at zMAX Dragway in North Carolina and reportedly turned laps at Martinsville Speedway in late 2023 under tight security. As such, results, videos and photos from the tests have yet to be released.
To be clear, the NASCAR EV will not race in the 2024 Busch Light Clash on February 4th, but will simply be revealed to the public. NASCAR has 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. The NASCAR EV is currently a test bed for research and development and doesn’t necessarily spell the end of ICE racing.
While there aren’t plans to kick ICE-based race cars to the curb anytime soon, The Blue Oval could very well take the Ford Mustang Mach-E to the track as its competitor in NASCAR in the future. However, it’s worth noting that Ford Performance isn’t currently pushing for the electrification of motorsports, acknowledging racing fans’ “emotional connection” to the spectacle of ICE-based race cars.