The 2016 Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, will pace the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.
Today’s approval allows the Mirai to serve as the first hydrogen-fueled vehicle to pace a NASCAR race. It will lead the Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag at Richmond on Saturday night and emit only water out of its tailpipe along the way.
“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, U.S.A. “Bringing the Mirai to Richmond to pace this important race is another way for Toyota to showcase our innovation and environmental leadership.”
The Mirai is a four-door, mid-size sedan that uses no gasoline and emits nothing but water vapor. The fuel cell electric vehicle is powered by hydrogen, refuels in about five minutes and travels up to 300 miles on a full tank. It will arrive first to buyers in California later this year.
The Mirai was tested and approved by NASCAR to pace the race after a test session at RIR earlier today. It follows a Toyota Camry Hybrid that was the first hybrid vehicle to pace a full NASCAR race at Charlotte’s Coca-Cola 600 in May 2009.