On Could 5, NASCAR unveiled its seventh-generation race automotive at its tech middle in Charlotte, North Carolina. [credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images ]
Huge adjustments are coming to NASCAR. On Wednesday afternoon, the game formally unveiled its new race automotive, known as the Subsequent Gen. It makes its racing debut in 2022, and it is a radical improve for a sequence that has earned a repute—unfairly, because it occurs—as a low-tech zone.
As I came upon in 2018, inventory automotive racing isn’t any place for luddites. However an informal observer may very well be forgiven for considering that, based mostly on the specs of the game’s present Gen6 automotive. Transmissions with solely 4 speeds, wheels with 5 lug nuts, and a strong rear axle all appear extremely anachronistic to followers of most different sorts of motorsport. However from subsequent yr, all that stuff is gone.
Now, that really seems to be like a contemporary race automotive
At its core, the Subsequent Gen automotive sticks with a metal tubeframe chassis with built-in roll cage. Nevertheless it’s clothed in composite physique panels, not aluminum, and the our bodies are actually symmetrical. On the entrance, probably the most noticeable distinction is that the automobiles from Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota actually do appear like Chevys, Fords, and Toyotas.
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