NASCAR concludes first test of 2021 Next Gen chassis; More tests coming

Austin Dillon was on track with the 2021 NASCAR race car on Tuesday and Wednesday; NASCAR has plans for more before the end of the year

Austin Dillon has just concluded a two-day test of the 2021 NASCAR Race Car. The NASCAR test session was conducted at Richmond Raceway.

There are currently two prototypes of the 2021 car. The first was built by NASCAR and has only been used in the wind tunnel on October 1. The second is a car that was built by Richard Childress Racing.

The body style used in the test does not showcase the look of what we’ll see in 2021. Each manufacture is busy working on their own unique designs. The car used in the test was a more generic body style.

The RCR 2021 car was the one on the track on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“I really enjoyed driving the car,” Austin Dillon said.

“I like the way that it looks, you can see the finished product down the road. The OEMs can make the body look really good, like a street car that you see on the road today.”

“When it comes together and they all get their cars on the track, we’re going to have something to work with that also looks really good.”

John Probst on 2021 NASCAR car

“This is an important milestone for the Next Gen car and the future of stock car racing,” said John Probst, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development.

“There are so many new systems on the car from the front to the back that our main goal with this test was to log laps and put miles on them.  The test has met – and even exceeded – our expectations, and we are well on our way to developing the final iteration of the car.”

The NASCAR prototype is expected to return to the wind tunnel this week. Additionally, they have plans to return to the track before the end of the year with the 2021 Next Gen car.

“We have a very comprehensive test plan,” Probst said.

“We will be doing extensive wind tunnel testing to ensure liftoff speeds are appropriate before moving to larger tracks. As we move into 2020, we will begin testing on intermediate tracks, superspeedways and road courses.”


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