A Nearer Take a look at the All-New Subsequent Gen NASCAR Race Automotive Racing within the 2022 Daytona 500

A Nearer Take a look at the All-New Subsequent Gen NASCAR Race Automotive Racing within the 2022 Daytona 500


For over a yr now, NASCAR has been teasing its new Subsequent Gen inventory automotive. Formally revealed final spring, the Subsequent Gen Chevy, Ford, and Toyota race automobiles have endured a gauntlet of assessments to make sure the brand new platform is prepared for race day.

Whereas we obtained a glimpse of them within the Conflict on the Coliseum exhibition race earlier this month, the Subsequent Gen Automobiles’ first day on the clock will formally be at immediately’s Daytona 500.

NASCAR is introducing its Subsequent Gen Inventory Automotive within the 2022 Daytona 500. Right here, Corey LaJoie pilots the #7 Subsequent Gen Chevy Camaro throughout testing earlier within the fall of 2021. (Picture/Bob Leverone – Getty Pictures)

There’s loads to get enthusiastic about on this Subsequent Gen Automotive, so let’s dig in.

For starters, it simply seems cool.

The truth is, NASCAR makes it clear {that a} large purpose behind the Subsequent Gen design was to permit the automobiles to extra carefully mimic their real-world counterparts sitting subsequent to you at stoplights. Meaning the Subsequent Gen Camaro will look extra like a late mannequin Camaro, the Subsequent Gen Mustang will look extra like a late mannequin Mustang, and the Subsequent Gen Camry will look extra like a manufacturing Camry. Neat.

Bye-bye lugnuts. The Subsequent Gen NASCAR inventory automotive will characteristic a single, middle locking nut like different race collection. Right here’s a better take a look at the wheel and Goodyear tire on the #41 NASCAR Subsequent Gen Mustang pushed by Cole Custer. (Picture/James Gilbert – Getty Pictures)

However you’ll discover different exterior modifications too, like 18 inch center-lock wheels, a wider stance, and a composite physique. The underside of the Subsequent Gen Automobiles additionally obtained a makeover, with a brand new an underwing and rear diffuser—which NASCAR tells us will assist with dealing with in visitors and cut back “soiled air.”

This cutaway blueprint from NASCAR reveals you a few of the key modifications debuting within the Subsequent Gen NASCAR inventory automotive. (Picture/NASCAR)

There are many upgrades below the floor too. Beginning with (GASP!) a transaxle positioned within the again. That’s an identical setup to, say, the C5-C7 Corvette and first-gen Pontiac Tempest. NASCAR says that this structure will enhance the automotive’s weight stability. As a substitute of a standard strong axle, the transaxle will use a pair of half-shafts to spin the rear wheels.

In a really, very curious assertion, NASCAR even alludes to electrification as one more reason behind incorporating a transaxle right here. Yup, we could also be seeing electrical NASCAR races sooner or later!

Oh, and that aforementioned transmission will add one other gear to develop into a five-speed. It’s sequential as effectively, that means that there’s no conventional shift gate, quite drivers merely push the lever up for upshifts and down for downshifts. Ever journey a bike? Then you understand how this works.

Martin Truex Jr. assessments the #19 Subsequent Gen Camry on the Charlotte Motor Speedway in fall of 2021. (Picture/Bob Leverone – Getty Pictures)

NASCAR additionally explains that plenty of these modifications promote racer security, as evidenced in a redesigned chassis that accommodates new bumpers entrance and rear. NASCAR additionally hopes that the modifications will make the Subsequent Gen Automobiles simpler to service and restore throughout a race.

Right here’s a very good take a look at Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s #47 Subsequent Gen Camaro. The physique is made out of a brand new composite materials that NASCAR says will stand as much as extra observe abuse. (Picture/James Gilbert – Getty Pictures)

Need extra particulars on NASCAR’s Subsequent Gen Automotive? Take a look at this spec sheet and switch your TV on immediately to see its official race debut within the 2022 Daytona 500.


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September 2022