Toyota Racing Reveals Massive News for its NASCAR Next Gen Car

Published 10/05/2021, 3:18 PM EDT
Jul 18, 2021; Loudon, New Hampshire, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) leads the field during the start of the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


In 2022, the NASCAR Next Gen cars will make their official debut. Now, Toyota has got some big plans, for the coming season, for their new Camry. In a presentation, Toyota’s Executive Engineer Technical Director Andy Graves spoke about the manufacturer’s plans. He also gave a walkthrough of what is new in the 2022 NASCAR Next Gen car.

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He said, “When fans tune into the 2022 season, they are going to hear a noticeable change in tone of the Next Gen Camry TRD. On the Camry TRD Next Gen vehicle, the exhaust is split out both sides. The symmetry of the body has allowed us to split the exhaust well. Whereas on the Gen 6, both exhaust pipes come out of the right side.

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According to him, the exhaust split looks more appealing on the left and the right side of the car. Furthermore, it also changes the tone of the car. Graves revealed that the new sound is much more throaty and cooler. In addition to that, there are two identical insulation pipes and Toyota Racing is keen to give its drivers an edge.

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What to expect from the NASCAR Next Gen car

Without a doubt, many of the drivers are excited to see the cars in action next year. Admittedly, some of them have their doubts, but the sport has worked extremely hard on these cars. Many drivers have tested the cars and provided valuable inputs to iron out issues or improve the cars as well.

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – JANUARY 15: Erik Jones tests the Next Gen car at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Since last year, there have been multiple tests, focusing on a variety of aspects of the new cars. So far, things have been fairly positive, but there have been a couple of dissenters. For example, Denny Hamlin is concerned that the new cars could be more susceptible to crashes. In addition to that, he is worried that the car could heat up very easily.

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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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