NASCAR could already introduce 2022 hybrid cars, according to John Probst, SVP of NASCAR for racing development, versus TechCrunch Gas and Electricity.
"We travel the world to visit other sanctions and do not know that the world is leaning toward more hybrid technology," Probst told TechCrunch during a trackside interview at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"We urge to become fully electric. I do not know where we can find compensation in the long term, but one form of hybrid technology is certainly on our radar … after 2021, "he said.
A background NASCAR speaker added, "Nothing is fully confirmed until it reaches the racetrack. Nevertheless, hybrid technology could be in our cars by 2022 if all plans are left behind. "
NASCAR will wait until the Next-Gen guidelines for gas racing cars released in 2021
As far as the application is concerned, NASCAR would probably introduce hybrids for races on shorter distances and those with more turns and brakes. This could include, but is not limited to, technical routes such as Watkins Glen or Charlotte Motor Speedways Roval.
"We need to investigate all this, but I think there are also some uses for intermediates and our speedways. That can be explored," Probst said, referring to 2.5 kilometers or less.
Many of the NASCAR races – such as the Daytona 500 – are long-distance (with multiple) pit stops on oval tracks of 1.5 to 2 miles.
The development of hybrid cars for these full-throttle formats could take more time as electric vehicles lose their regenerative braking characteristics at a constant rate.
NASCAR It is still sorted how a racing hybrid would come together. "It's likely to be a form of electrification parallel to our current combustion engine to boost performance," Probst said.
Instead of using hybrid technology just for range expansion, NASCAR will try to use it for performance enhancement.
"Braking is normally used as a mechanism to bring the power back into the batteries. So far, when you actually apply the power. I think that's what we need to study … and work with our OEMs to figure out how to use it. "
NASCAR could find ways to use hybrid technology for a supercharger or turbo effect on racing cars.
"Is it automatically used in a ready-made strategy? Is it used in the form of a button that the driver presses to gain extra power to make a pass or complete a pass? These are all areas we have to look out for, "said Probst.
"I think you could … use the engine to actually do the regeneration. So the driver spends a lot of power because he knows he's charging the battery to strategically use the boost later in the race. "
However, NASCAR configured its hybrid setup so that there could be applications for EV technology on sold production cars from the production partners of the racing series, Ford, Chevy and Toyota.
"As OEMs, NASCAR is of interest to us to look for a hybrid for the future," said Pat DiMarco, NASCAR Manager of Ford Performance.
Currently on the racetrack unlike any production car, according to DiMarco, there is still a connection from NASCAR to the showroom.
"The old days … when we built a motor for racing and parts took off. Apart from that, to be installed directly in a production car, a lot is missing. "
However, DiMarco noted a number of things that Ford teams use in NASCAR – for example, systems to improve engine performance and aerodynamics make their way to the engine in Michigan.
"We will be using the tools here, developing them better in racing, making them more accurate, and everything will automatically be transferred to production," he said.
NASCAR champion and current driver Brad Keselowski is long on hybrids in sport. "I'm a big fan of technology," he said to TechCrunch between races at Charlotte Motor Speedway – because nobody will develop this technology in motorsport harder or faster than we do, "Keselowski said.