Arnold Schwarzenegger drives Toyota Mirai ahead of NASCAR race

Not only was the Toyota Mirai the pace car at the NASCAR sprint cup race in Sonoma, California last weekend, but the driver behind the wheel of the hydrogen fuel cell car was none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The actor lead the field in the Mirai at the start of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 race.

“It will be an honour to lead these fantastic athletes and champions around the raceway, and on top of it, I get to drive a car that is both powerful and green,” said Schwarzenegger ahead of the race.

Schwarzenegger tweeted a video of his lap in the Mirai. In it you can hear the Terminator actor being coached around the circuit, but when the camera phone fell off the dashboard, Schwarzenegger tweeted: “The iPhone didn’t handle the acceleration too well.”

It proved to be a good day for Toyota, as Kyle Busch, in the Toyota Camry, went on to win the race.

The Toyota Mirai will be launched in the UK later this year. It uses the Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS), which features both fuel cell and hybrid technologies and which makes use of Toyota’s new fuel cell stack and high-pressure hydrogen tanks. The TFCS is more energy efficient than internal combustion engines and emits no CO2 or pollutants when driven.

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