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.