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NASCAR unveils Next Gen racing cars more like what we see on the street

Racing group and competing automakers worked together on ‘a seismic shift’ for the race track

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NASCAR and Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota have unveiled the Next Gen race cars that will begin competition in 2022. The sanctioning body and competing manufacturers worked together on the project to create racing machines that better replicate those seen in dealerships and on public roadways.

The new design features a lowered greenhouse, shorter rear deck and wider track so vehicles look more like coupes than sedans. 

NASCAR notes that bodies are fully symmetrical, “which will reduce aerodynamic forces and put an emphasis back on race car setup and driver control.”

It adds that the cars’ “new composite material is more durable and will allow more beating and banging without loss of performance.”

2022 NASCAR Camry
2022 Next Gen Toyota Camry | NASCAR photos by Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images
2022 NASCAR Mustang
2022 Next Gen Ford Mustang
2022 NASCAR Camaro
2022 Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro

The Next Gen cars will ride on independent rear suspensions, have rack and pinion steering, and 18-inch forged aluminum wheels that replace the traditional 15s, and the brakes will be enlarged. The cars also will be equipped with a new transaxle setup that combines the transmission and differential into a single package. NASCAR notes that the new transaxle was developed “with an eye on the future — the ability to incorporate electrification.”

Louvers incorporated into car hoods “will allow teams to maximize engine performance independent of aerodynamics.”

Next Gen cars get a redesigned chassis with front and rear bumpers for safety and with front and rear clips that bolt to the center section for serviceability and repair.

“The Next Gen Camaro has a much stronger link to the production Camaro ZL1 in terms of styling integration, improved proportions and relevant technologies,” said Eric Warren, Chevrolet director of NASCAR Programs. 

NASCAR, NASCAR unveils Next Gen racing cars more like what we see on the street, ClassicCars.com Journal
Blueprint version of the Camaro chassis | NASCAR image

From an engineering standpoint, this is a seismic shift. It’s a completely new car that brings with it a lot of opportunity from a technical standpoint.”

For more information, visit the NASCAR website.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

2 COMMENTS

  1. It would be nice if we could see the race on Sunday and buy that car on Monday to me that’s what it’s all about like back in the 60’s and 70’s that would be cool.

  2. Yes. Stop this nonsense and let’s once again have a manufacturer’s race with homogulated real production cars. No more clones with cheap graphics. Why not have Ford’s vs. Chevy vs. Dodges? Let the best car and driver win. If it’s not “fair”, then I know which car to buy to win too. Enough with this “equity”.

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