Here’s when NASCAR is probably switching to hybrids

NASCAR will see a major change next year with its Next Gen car.

This week, the Toyota Camry Cup Series was tested in Charlotte.

The all-new design was tested at Charlotte Motor Speedway oval this Wednesday. It features a composite frame, independent rear suspension and larger brakes.

It’s a technological leap on several fronts compared to the current Cup Series car, but still gets all of its power from a big gasoline-fueled V8 … for now.

NASCAR had suggested previously that a hybrid powertrain might be coming soon, and now we know when.

Fox Sports reporter Bob PockrassAccording to reports, Steve Phelps, President of NASCAR, told the SportsBusiness Journal World Congress of Sports that the cars would “probably” receive a hybrid powertrain by 2024.

The rear-mounted transaxle can be seen in this cutaway of the Next Gen Toyota Camry Cup Series car.

This cutaway shows the rear-mounted transaxle of the Next Gen Toyota Camry Cup Series vehicle.

NASCAR previously announced that the Next Gen car was future-proofed. This would require adding an electric engine to the transaxle. It would work in conjunction with the V8 under acceleration and provide power regenerative braking to charge a small lithium battery.

This setup would be most useful on short tracks and roads and might not be applicable to superspeedways. It’s possible that the cars could run without it but it’s still in development so it’s impossible to predict what the final design will look.

The Next Gen cars will race on a temporary track in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum to the Clash in February before making their competitive debut at Daytona 500 later that month.

Source: Fox News

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