Toyota Mirai will make the show at a NASCAR race

2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Richmond

This saturday night, the all new Mirai will be used as a pace car for the Toyota Owners400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway, in the US.

It’s the first hydrogen-fueled vehicle to pace a NASCAR race. The Mirai was tested and approved, beacause it met NASCAR’s performance requirements to pace the 400-mile NSCS race. It’s a four-door, mid-size sedan with performance, while using no gasoline and emitting nothing but water vapor. The vehicle is powered by a fuel cell, refuels in about five minutes and travels up to 300 miles on a full tank. It will arrive first to buyers in California later this year.

There is a Toyota precedent bringing alternative fuel technology to track. It was in 2009, when the Camry Hybrid earned praise as the first hybrid vehicle to pace a full NASCAR race when the vehicle was used for the Coca Cola 600 in May 2009.

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Laurent Meillaud

Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 25 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the future.

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