Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has gotten a lot of hype this year. Now it has lived up to, and blown away, all expectations. The Mirai got its NASCAR debut at the Sprint Cup April 25th. As the pace car, the Mirai led the pack up to the start of the race, water dripping all the way.
The Toyota Mirai is one of the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to officially hit roadways. The 2016 vehicle proved it had what it takes under the hood to lead 43 race cars onto the track after going through a performance test. The Mirai NASCAR debut is a first for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
“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,” said Ed Laukes, vice president of marketing, performance and guest experience, Toyota Motor Sales.
The Toyota Mirai will be available in California mid-2015 and slowly spread across the country as hydrogen refueling infrastructure spreads. The car refuels in about five minutes and can get up to 300 miles a tank. This isn’t the first time Toyota’s brought alternative fuel to NASCAR. In 2009 the Camry Hybrid led the Coca Cola 600.
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