IHRA Adopts Rules For Electric Drag Racing

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If you feed your need for speed with amps instead of octane, we have some good news for you. Thanks to the efforts of the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA), the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has penned safety rules and regulations for electric car and motorcycle drag racing, now recognized by the IHRA.

In short, this means that electric cars, dragsters and motorcycles can now run in IHRA events, and are subject to published IHRA competition rules to ensure a fair and level playing field.

Since the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) recognized electric vehicles a few years back, the IHRA’s move should open up the number of tracks available to electric drag racers and further legitimize the sport.

While the IHRA is the second-largest drag racing sanctioning body in the United States (next to the NHRA), it is the largest one in Canada. Electric drag racing has proven popular in Western Canada (and in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, where NEDRA is incorporated), so the move will undoubtedly grow interest in the (relatively) new sport.

Don't expect drag racing to be the only motorsport open to electric cars, either. NISMO has built a full-on race version of the Nissan Leaf, in hopes of working towards an electric GT series, and even the FIA has expressed interest in an electric car formula series.

We may have 5w30 in our veins, but when it comes to racing, we don't discriminate against anything that goes fast.

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Comments (3)
  1. "The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has teamed up with the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) to announce that electric cars and motorcycles are now recognized by the IHRA."

    This statement is misleading and should be corrected, the IHRA has no connection and did not contact the NEDRA group to build their rules and regulations for electric drag racing. I have contacted Michael Baker from the IHRA, he confirmed the IHRA has not worked, partnered or has any association with the NEDRA group. He did confirm the IHRA has designed safety rules and regulations for electric drag racing.

  2. @ECEDRS, my intention was not to mislead, but rather to communicate that the IHRA now recognizes electric drag racing as a sport. The text has been revised to more accurately communicate this.

  3. Kurt,

    Thank you. The NEDRA has used this news as propaganda to release bogus press releases. Mr. Baker has been notified of their mischief behavior.


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