The coin 400 is touted as the oldest and most prestigious off-road race in America. Thousands of fans flock to Las Vegas, Nevada every March to watch hundreds of racing cars parade down Fremont Street before hitting the dirt for 400 miles of dusty punishment on race day. The 2021 Mint 400, postponed from March to December, will offer a new competitive class of electric vehicles for racing cars and trucks powered by electric motors instead of fiery internal combustion engines. Can you imagine the silence that will overtake the starting line?
The EV class was added due to increased demand from manufacturers and owners of electric cars and trucks who want to put their vehicles to the test. The opening year of the class is open to all manufacturers, brands and models of electric vehicles. The class could be divided in the years to come.
Could the Mint 400 be the perfect test site for EV manufacturers to test out new powertrain technologies and the like? Could the race at some point attract EV entries from major manufacturers such as Audi, Porsche, Jaguar, Volvo, Volkswagen or Ford? How will emerging startups such as Rivian, Lordstown, Bollinger, Tesla, Alpha or Atlis use the presence of the Mint 400 to increase their profile in the electric vehicle market?
While electric racing cars, buggies, and cars are unlikely to be ready to take on the big boys off-road, the day is coming. And these other competitors won’t even hear these electric vehicles coming.