2016 Toyota Mirai: The First Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle to Pace a NASCAR Race

2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle

We could have expected a lot of automakers to make a move to a hydrogen racing car…

…but just days ago the new 2016 Toyota Mirai: Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vehicle was announced.

This car is actually powered by a hydrogen electric fuel cell, that Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series actually raced at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night.

With all green lights, the Mirai became the first hydrogen-fueled vehicle to enter an NASCAR race.

It leads the Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag at Richmond on Saturday night and the best part is that the emission-free will spew only water out of its tailpipe.

“Having a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle pace the Toyota Owners 400 is a historic moment for both Toyota and NASCAR and we’re proud it’s the Toyota Mirai. Bringing the Mirai to Richmond to pace this important race is another way for Toyota to showcase our innovation and environmental leadership.”

…said Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

The 2016 Toyota Mirai makes one beautiful mid-size sedan

2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

The beautiful Mirai is a mid-size sedan with four doors and doing the pace on the 43-car NASCAR field at Richmond International Raceway (RIR) without using any gasoline and emitting nothing but water vapor.

We can’t stress it out and repeat that this is a groundbreaking fuel cell electric car powered by hydrogen.

And the reason we repeat this is that we were amazed that it took only five minutes for the car to refuel…

…while the driver will be able to drive for up to 300 miles with a full tank.

The first drivers to have the chance to buy this fine looking hybrid vehicle are people from California, later this year, as it’s known that that’s the Mirai’s release date.

Tested and approved by NASCAR

2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

Of course, the Mirai was tested and approved by NASCAR to race the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

The best part?

The actual test session and the Mirai met all of NASCAR’s performance requirements to pace the 400-mile NSCS race.

Toyota is seriously gearing up to bring a lot of hybrid and alternative fuel technology to track and street.

Another vehicle that’s worth for the mention is the Toyota Camry Hybrid that 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.

Toyota is really proud to be in the pole position when it comes to environmental sustainability…

…and the Mirai pace car showcases this commitment.

2016 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

Another interesting fact is that Toyota has more than 2 million hybrid vehicles on U.S. roads, and more than any other manufacturer is very keen on developing fuel-efficient vehicles and using groundbreaking technologies.

 

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