NASCAR to electric by 2021?

Discussion in 'NASCAR chat' started by Ford 222, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    I’ve seen a couple times on my FB feed where NASCAR is to go all electric by 2021. I have not found anything official from NASCAR or any mainstream media so I hope it’s BS.

    Question is, would you still watch if/when it happens? I really doubt I will. I’ve watched a formula E race once and couldn’t finish. Just seems kinda.....toyish. Could you imagine being able to have a conversation at Bristol?
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  2. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Sources, please.

    What exactly do we mean when we say "NASCAR is going electric"? If someone means "Cup teams will compete exclusively with electric vehicles", don't believe a word of it. If someone means "NASCAR will introduce a new electric series, or convert Trucks or Xfinity to electric", I'd say there was a pretty good chance.

    Would I watch? That depends on what the racing looks like. I'm not going to rule it out until I've see the product a few times. Frankly, I'd enjoy being able to have a conversation at the track.
  3. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

  4. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

  5. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    That's really odd as Facebook is normally a very reliable source of information.
  6. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    The only thing that caught me off guard was the words that came outta that pretty face at the end. :rolleyes:
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  7. mack

    mack Team Owner

    To quote Abraham Lincoln, "Don't believe everything you read on the internet".
  8. Biggreen695

    Biggreen695 Team Owner

    I got fooled too

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  9. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    If it wasn't April 1st yesterday, I would've believed it. Anything is possible under Brian France.
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  10. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    I can’t remember when I read it but it was before yesterday. If you google nascar to electric by 2021 you will see same sources (YouTube, Reddit, etc). Like I said nothing mainstream or from NASCAR.

    God I hope not. The cars are half of it for me...
  11. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    YouTube and Reddit aren't sources. The people who post the content sometimes are sources, but sometimes they're just reposting content that originated somewhere else.
  12. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner

    This nothing than a April fools prank, it was in my FB feed yesterday too. Get over it.
  13. jws926

    jws926 Nissan Is Love, Nissan Is Life

    Lets be honest here, if this was anything but a Aprils Fools Day joke, dont ya think would already know about it?, I mean , 2021 is a little bit under three years away, all the planning and getting things ready would be underway now for that to even happen by 2021, you just dont wake up one day and say I want to go all electric racing:laugh:
  14. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    As I stated, it was Fri or Sat. Still could be AF but odd to post it days before.

    Whatever, maybe it was supposed to be. Still wonder if it would kill NASCAR in your opinions? It would probably lose my interest.
  15. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    Get over it? Over what?
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  16. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    Where’s the egg on face emoji? I swear, I saw it Fri and Sat so that’s outside the rules.
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  17. VaDirt

    VaDirt Dirt Track Fanatic

    It's funny how many people saw this, didn't bother actually watching the accompanying video, and completely believed it to be the truth.
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  18. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    I would be done with NASCAR for sure, unless they found a way to make the noise and smells and anything else you can only get with gasoline powered cars.
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  19. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner

    Get over being pranked...that's what.
  20. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    Why not rotate which date April Fool's falls on during the month? This way there is an actual chance people with blood flowing to their brains could get taken by a prank news story?

    As for the hypothetical, of course I would watch. I watch because I'm a fan of racing, not a devotee of one kind of propulsion technology.
  21. Marcingak

    Marcingak Team Owner

    I doubt they could even run 50 laps on a full charge.
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  22. Larsonfan1995

    Larsonfan1995 Team Owner

    Pit stops would become battery swaps
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  23. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    Did I throw a hissy fit? A tantrum? Bitch about it? Still don’t know what I’m supposed to be getting “over”?
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  24. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner

    Never mind
  25. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    I think that’s what they did to me. Seeing it Friday and Sat threw me off.
  26. Formerjackman

    Formerjackman Team Owner

    And that's the simplest reason to know the story was BS. The technology doesn't even exist yet for an actual NASCAR Cup type of race with battery power. It might NEVER exist. The race would have to either be incredibly short, have a pit stop every 50 miles for a battery change, or each driver would have to have 8 cars to run the race.
  27. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    Isn’t coal power the bestest emerging technology?
  28. Yogisd1

    Yogisd1 Resident Retard

    They would end a stage every time they needed a battery change.
  29. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    Good points on the battery discharge. And a battery that runs the motors isn't the size of a regular car battery is it? I'd think it would have to be pretty substantial is size. Be at least a 2-3 person job to lift it out and replace. Maybe not.

    There is just something to be said about the thunder these engines produce and the power you can FEEL as they go by. It's more than wind....just wouldn't be the same.
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  30. sdj

    sdj Just a race fan

    Well, I'll say this. If Nascar was to go electric, there would be an instant start of another NAMED series with badass 800+ HP, Push rod V-8 naturally aspirated engines.
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  31. Ford 222

    Ford 222 Team Owner

    Seems there would be a market for it, huh?
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  32. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    Formula E have been doing this for a few years now and just next season they'll be doing their ~50-minute races in one car. And that's on tight, narrow, slow street circuits. With too many big-name OEMs to name. So I think it's safe to say that kind of tech working its way into a series with 500-mile races at high sustained speeds in 3300-pound vehicles is not something that'll happen in the near future. And I'm sure NASCAR and the OEMs know the fan base dig NA V8s as much as they do.

    The most we might get by the end of the current TV contract is maybe a national series with some technology like that as a playground/novelty thing.
  33. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    April Fool's Joke until it actually happens in the not too distant future. The combustion engine is lying on it's death bed. Although, the recent repeal of fuel mileage standards might have added 15-20 years for the combustion engine.
  34. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner

    Combustion engine on its death bed....really?
  35. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    I'm not sure why there's the need to take a political stance in the NASCAR section?

    Anyhow as far as NASCAR turning electric by 2021, that's already been disproved. Should NASCAR ever take that final step, it would be just that, it's final step.
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  36. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    It's not political, it's stating that fuel mileage standards were just done away with so the combustion engine, like coal, isn't dead yet.

    Electric cars are the future and one day racing will embrace it. That or racing will all be on a computer.
  37. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    Electric cars aren't the future, they are but one more scam, sham out there. The races are a joke. Solar and wind are something made from natural occurrences, and they have solar powered races, but I think a good horse at this point would be a faster way to travel.
  38. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    Electric cars are just not practical for the wide open spaces of Texas. In big cities, yes.
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  39. Mopardh9

    Mopardh9 Team Owner

    Cities where you could have recharging stations at every parking space would be practical. Until they can make a car go 1000 miles or there abouts on a charge, you won't see many on the highway.
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  40. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Interesting opinion. What's the connection? Wouldn't lower standards increase the rate of consumption of oil, reducing the supply more quickly? Wouldn't it also result in increased demand, driving up the price of gas?
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