How Much Power Will the New NASCAR Next Gen Car Make?

Published 05/19/2021, 3:03 PM EDT
May 2, 2021; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) leads the field at the start of the race at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports


Recently, NASCAR unveiled its Next Gen cars that will make their debut in the 2022 Cup Series. The Gen 7 cars aim to lower the costs for teams and attract more road car manufacturers.

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The current spec of cars use a traditional four-speed manual gearbox to race. However, the new cars will implement a six-speed sequential-shift transmission.

In terms of specs, the car still retains its traditional 5.86-liter V8 engine. However, there is a chance that the engines could incorporate a future powertrain with a hybrid system.

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NASCAR CEO Steve Phelps said, “I know for a fact we will not have a new OEM unless we change our engine. I would be surprised if a new OEM came in without some type of electrification.

“I’m not talking about all-electric, I’m talking about a hybrid system.”

What does this mean for NASCAR?

The cars also boast of a split exhaust system, which will dispel the fumes on both sides of the car. Admittedly, some were worried that this could interfere with the car’s inner ventilation. To be precise, it could adversely affect the driver’s cooling. This question popped up a lot during the testing phase.

May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) and Kevin Harvick (4) lead the field to start the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Of course, the 2022 season is still some way away and so is the introduction of the new cars. Several drivers have already tested the cars multiple times and given their feedback. Then, NASCAR has diligently worked on the cars after listening to the feedback and ironed out the kinks.

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Then came the grand reveal a few weeks ago from Ford, Chevrolet, and Toyota. With all these new changes, and the car promising to be more powerful than ever, what does this mean for the future?

Will more manufacturers be tempted to throw their hats in the ring? Or will one of the existing manufacturers decided to leave the sport and look for other pastures?

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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