The Japanese based automaker Toyota has officially pulled the wraps off their new Mirai pace car which will be used in NASCAR.
The Toyota Mirai will be the first hydrogen powered vehicle to be used as a pace car in a NASCAR race. The model in question has been officially unveiled and it can be easily distinguished thanks to its white exterior design, to the prominent Mirai badging, to the LED light bar and several other tweaks which are helping it stand out from the regular version.
“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 the Toyota Motor Sales USA vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience, Ed Laukes.
The four-door mid-size sedan is going to pace the 43-car NASCAR field at Richmond International Raceway and this will be the first time ever when a hydrogen power vehicle will do this. The model in question has a total driving range of up to 300 miles on a full tank and filling it with hydrogen will take about five minutes. It has been approved by NASCAR to pace the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after a test session at the RIR and it met NASCAR’s performance to pace the 400-mile NSCS race.