The NHRA is producing an electrical car or truck class for drag racing

Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro pulls a wheelie

The Nationwide Scorching Rod Association (NHRA) has made an electrical motor vehicle class for drag racing. It is really set to debut in 2022 as part of the NHRA Summit Racing Collection.

Electrical drag racing is nothing new, but this marks the to start with time the NHRA has formally included electric powered autos into 1 of its racing series. The choice follows a series of conferences on electric drag racing held by the sanctioning body in excess of the previous 4 decades, in accordance to an NHRA press release.

The new class will provide automakers “a platform to showcase their EV technology, output, and racing initiatives,” NHRA Vice President of Competitiveness Ned Walisser mentioned in a assertion. On the other hand, procedures for the course have not been finalized, so it is unclear what sort these electrical drag vehicles will choose.

Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro pulls a wheelie

A person likelihood is incorporating electric powertrains to present production autos, as with the Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro and Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototypes that have now run at some dragstrips.

Tesla has never proven curiosity in racing, but YouTube is comprehensive of videos displaying the automaker’s EVs humiliating interior-combustion-engine autos at the dragstrip. Long ahead of modern manufacturing electrical cars, drag racing was also an important aspect of the homebuilt EV scene, populated by cars like the “White Zombie,” a 1972 Datsun 1200 electrical conversion.

The NHRA is a person of various racing sanctioning bodies wanting to get greener. Formulation One particular now employs hybrid powertrains, with IndyCar envisioned to stick to fit in 2023 (a person yr later than prepared because of to coronavirus delays), and even NASCAR is thinking about hybrids. The Formula E electrical one-seater series is attaining traction, and just lately additional the Excessive E off-road sequence. In Europe, electric powered counterparts to the well-known touring-car or truck and rallycross categories are underneath advancement.