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Electric NASCAR? Not Yet, Just Dozens Of Teslas On Track

 
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Ask the average NASCAR fan whether they think the sport should go electric, and the response probably wouldn't be repeatable in polite company.

Fans of electric cars already know they can be fast and with success at events like Pikes Peak, they can win against gasoline vehicles too. But NASCAR is as much about the sound as it is the color, the racing and the speed, and the fans love it.

But thanks to the 'Silence the track' video above (via Jalopnik), we have an idea of what electric NASCAR might be like.

Quiet, is the answer. Even if it's difficult to tell just how quiet, since like the electric aircraft video a few weeks back, the video's creator has seen fit to put music over the soothing silence of Tesla travel.

It isn't the first time we've seen Teslas on track. A Roadster and Model S recently competed to take Laguna Seca's electric lap record, and we're all familiar with the BMW M5-bashing Model S drag race video.

A total of 43 Tesla vehicles--mostly Model S, by the looks of things--took to Richmond International Raceway, Virginia, for a bit of left-turning fun on the circuit's three-quarter mile of banked turns.

We doubt any lap records were set, but there's plenty of inspiration for those of us as interested in racing as we are in electric vehicles--and it does make us wonder whether NASCAR has room for an electric class to sit alongside its more familiar stock car series...

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  1. "Ask the average NASCAR fan whether they think the sport should go electric, and the response probably wouldn't be repeatable in polite company." Ask the average electric car owner what they think of the average NASCAR fan and the response probably wouldn't be repeatable in polite company either. Just sayin'...
     
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  2. Actually, take a look at the White Zombie as it performs at the dragraces and see the reactions of the audience there: http://youtu.be/369h-SEBXd8
     
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  3. There's a reason the nitro RC guys don't ever want race again ERC's. Just sayin'.
     
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  4. But NASCAR races are so loud that some of my coworkers who go to the race wearing earplugs...

    Well, they can at least change the pace car and the emergency or tow truck to electric.

    Battery swap is the probably the only way they can get a BEV competing in that race. But it would be nice if one of those BEV an whip a 800hp NASCAR. But since the EV has no ICE, it certainly won't be limited in "horsepower" according to the NASCAR rules.
     
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  5. They had an Electric focus as the pace car once. It would be odd hearing a quite NASCAR race, the tires and air resistance wouldn't be nearly as loud as those engines. I can hear the racetrack over a mile away from my home whenever there is a race there.
     
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  6. Who cares about NASCAR.... Formula 1 is ahead of the game, as usual..with Formula E

    http://www.formulaeracing.com/

    Los Angeles will be one of 10 cities to host in 2014 and Andretti is first US team.
     
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  7. The idea behind NASCAR is drinking, watching wrecks on a giant skid pad and having your ears perforated and your brain vibrated. When you are drunk enough and your brain is mush from the noise, who really cares who wins! You can always find out on Monday morning during the mass PR campaigns they run.

    Take away the noise and what do you have? Well, it wouldn't be NASCAR and who wants to get drunk without the noise to go with it?
     
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  8. I for one would like to see Tesla Model S go head to head with gasoline powered sport sedans and beat them at their own game. The Model S is the only no compromise EV being sold. It has enough driving range to be used as your daily driver and with Tesla's commitment to building supercharging stations nationwide it will mean you will soon be able to enjoy your Model S while driving it cross country.
     
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  9. I think it would be neat if Tesla partnered with a race track in Cali and put a battery swap station that would allow Tesla races.. It would be really cool and pretty cheap publicity, only a couple million for a swap station a lot of batteries, and a charger than could charge a dozen of them in half an under half an hour. You would get enough news coverage to pay for that.

    Although I'm not sure how many people would watch it, but I think a few people in Cali would like to go to a track and race around every month. Track Days for the Model S! I would love that, myself! Now all I need is to get a Model S.
     
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  10. I think Tesla could have a NASCAR team. Based on a Model S P85+, strip it out, add some extra aero mods and have about 4 spare batteries that charge whilst one in the race car races. Then set up a portable battery swap trailer in the pits. It probably would not win but it would break a lot of stereotypes with Nascar fans. Perhaps Tesla can partner with the Andretti Team who are running in the Formula E.
     
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