A bold new NASCAR chassis is on the way in 2022
For 2021, NASCAR was set to debut a brand new car. Due to COVID, development of the new chassis stalled and it will now make it’s debut in 2022.
The new NASCAR racecar is a bold change from the current spec.
Aerodynamically, the car is off the ground with the use of a two step front splitter. A similar method has been applied to the side skirts. In the rear, a diffuser has been installed to guide are to the nose of the trailing car.
The chassis itself will be spec. All teams will run the same car, regardless of manufacture make. That alone is expected to save the teams a load of money on development alone.
The body will be a composite compound. The NASCAR Xfinity Series has run a similar body for several seasons. It holds shape and bounces back into place with light impact. This will allow for more contact, without pushed in fenders that cut tires.
Tony Stewart comments on the Next-Gen car
“On paper is shows it’s going to be a huge advantage, financially, for all the teams,” NASCAR team co-owner Tony Stewart stated.
“Especially the bottom 1/3rd of the field. It’s going to be a great opportunity for them to be able to be able to be competitive with the top 1/3rd. All in all, that’s going to be a great thing.”
“Everyone’s going to start from scratch when that new car comes out.”
The car is expected to be significantly better from a product standpoint. At the same time, the massive cost savings and level playing field are game changers for the sport.
“I don’t think the whole model is going to change. But, there’s definitely areas that NASCAR was very diligent about trying to control and help the teams control costs on. To business wise, be more sustainable.”
“I feel like it’s a good step in the right direction. It’s a tough time right now, especially with COVID. There’s a lot of things under the water, it could take a year or two years to recover.”