Toyota Mirai qualifies as Nascar pace car

By CARSIFU | 24 April 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Toyota Mirai will be the first hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle to pace a Nascar race.

It will lead the Toyota Owners 400 Nascar Sprint Cup Series  field to the green flag at Richmond on Saturday night.

The Mirai was tested and approved by Nascar to pace the Toyota Owners 400 Nascar Sprint Cup Series race after a test session at the Richmond International Raceway, 155km south of here, on Thursday. In the test session, the Mirai met Nascar’s performance requirements to pace the 644km NSCS race.

Mirai Pace Car (2)

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

The Mirai is a four-door, mid-size sedan with performance to pace the 43-car Nascar field at the Richmond race track while using no petrol and emitting nothing only water vapour. The groundbreaking fuel cell electric vehicle is powered by hydrogen, refuels in about five minutes and travels up to 483km on a full tank. It will arrive first to buyers in California later this year.

Mirai Pace Car (3)