Steve O’Donnell Gives Update on the 670HP NASCAR Package; Daytona & Talladega Exempt
With NASCAR shifting to the Next Gen cars from 2022, certain configurations are being tested for the best combinations currently. One of those configurations is of the engines; specifically, the engine horsepower.
NASCAR EVP Steve O’Donnell recently commented on the likelihood of the horsepower number we’ll see from next year. He explained how the testing outcomes have made them go with the 670hp package.
“I would say we are more than likely going with that number across all of our tracks,” O’Donnell said about the higher horsepower package.
“We’ve still got a few boxes to check post-test here where we get together with our OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and the teams and confirm that is the direction we want to go with. Everything we’ve seen so far tells us that is the horsepower we want to target and go with.”
Steve O'Donnell said they likely will go with 670hp for all tracks except Daytona / Talladega (and hearing Atlanta).
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According to O’Donnell, the engines will be 670hp for almost all the tracks except Daytona and Talladega. As for Atlanta, O’Donnell explained the plan is for it to fall into the category of ‘superspeedway’.
But that will become more clear after the January 5-6 tests at the reconfigured track.
NASCAR could still attract new OEMs with the higher horsepower package
Initially, one of the biggest strong points of the lower horsepower package was that it would attract new OEMs to the sport. But O’Donnell believes that a shift to 670hp is still ‘within range.’
He said, “If we go 670 that’s absolutely within a range to attract a new OEM.”
“We’ve had discussions with a number of new OEMs and that factor is within that, so that wouldn’t be a detriment to someone coming into the sport.”
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