Toyota Mirai Paces a Race in Virginia

June 1st, 2015 by

2016 Toyota Mirai, Richmond, Virginia

Toyota has long been at the forefront of innovation and environmental stewardship, and its latest showcase of these qualities happened right here in Virginia. On April 25, 2015, The 2015 Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, became the first hydrogen-fueled vehicle to pace a NASCAR race. From the field to the green flag of the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Richmond, Virginia, the 2016 Mirai led the pack and emitted only water from its tailpipe. Miller Toyota in neighboring Manassas is proud to be part of Toyota’s continuing progression into the field of efficient automobile technology.

At a test session at Richmond International Raceway, the 2016 Mirai was up to the challenge of NASCAR’s performance requirements and was approved to pace the 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race. This isn’t the first time Toyota has brought alternative fuel technology to the track. In May of 2009, the Toyota Camry Hybrid impressed audiences as the first hybrid vehicle to pace a full NASCAR race: the Coca-Cola 600.

The 2016 Toyota Mirai is a ground-breaking fuel cell electric vehicle. It uses no gasoline, only hydrogen, and emits harmless water vapor. This four-door mid-size sedan refuels in minutes and can travel up to 300 miles on a full tank. The new vehicle will become available in California later this year.

“Mirai” means “future” in Japanese, and Toyota and Miller Toyota in Manassas are committed to the future of automobile technology and environmental sustainability. Check out the fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly vehicles available at Miller Toyota today.