It’s a sensible choice for NASCAR today to push back the introduction of the Gen 7 car to 2022 rather than next year.
They need more time to put out testing at different types of race tracks before NASCAR feels confident enough when teams can use the new chassis & race in such a big crowd.
Right now, it would be a step too early for the sport to use the new model and turn into scrap metal without further data gathered from a variety of tests that the competition wanted to achieve of these race cars in the next few years.
Changes to the Next-Gen Chassis
But likewise, everyone does know a sneak peek of what this new chassis will look like:
- 18-inch center-locking wheels so that crew members can change tires quicker in akin to Open-Wheel & sports cars. So the current 15-inch, five lug nut locks will be defunct.
- The Gearbox will be a six-speed sequential manual. So the smoothness of the stick shift will still be there.
- Say goodbye to using the small gas cylinder kits & hello to clamp refueling hose that we usually see in IndyCar though the good news is that Sunoco is not going anywhere as their official fuel partner.
- Independent rear suspension and other vital components such as the aerodynamics, exhaust, and downforce will come from the sports car side, as you can see in the front, side, and rear end of these race cars while still retaining most of the silhouette stock car look.
- So that means the stable rear axis won’t be a good fit to make it stock car worthy for this Next-Gen chassis.
While we wait for more testing whenever the coronavirus ends, NASCAR did a great job making a balance between their own & other series’ control of racing to keep the costs down.
It’s an uphill struggle for the sport since 2013 when there’s no fourth manufacturer or more to compete in NASCAR ever since Dodge left after the 2012 season.
Now it will be a good time for them to pitch out to manufacturers about the interest of joining NASCAR.
Any potential candidates?
Honda may still be unsure about the engines they make, which can even cost significant considering the number of changes they make to supply to teams throughout the season.
But they’ve already done the same right now in both IndyCar and IMSA.
So if NASCAR would be Honda’s next target, then put Acura in there for the sports car program with little factory support like Chevy and Toyota via Lexus do while they make their first foray in stock car racing.
Furthermore, this new adventure for Honda competing in NASCAR, if true, would benefit massively alongside their IndyCar & Formula 1 campaign.
Who knows? We want to see a crossover of these drivers take a spin in other decent machines.
Then beyond the realistic thinking of the Honda links via the media, speaking dreamily, throw Nissan in there.
The giant Titan pick up truck would be perfect for the Truck Series alongside the Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado & Ford F-150.
And I know a sedan may be out of the question considering the low sales of that category when we’re looking at the Cup & Xfinity Series.
However, why not go for the upcoming Nissan 400Z even though we may not know what the 400Z looks like just yet.
It’s a traditional sports car that shows some zeal and is a close rival of the new Toyota Supra, Ford Mustang & Chevy Camaro.
Hyundai would be a good fit considering the success of their World Rally Championship & touring car programs.
The technology and innovation behind the scenes over at their Motorsports in Germany look decent over the last few years, which helped the introduction of a high-performance outlet for the road car market.
It’s something Hyundai would like to consider taking their Motorsports adventure even further.
And it’s an excellent time for Hyundai to say yes considering the new pick up they will release over the next year to the public.
Then you look at either the Sonata sedan or the Veloster. Those two models look powerful and see as a great get to dominate amongst the elite in Cup & Xfinity.
Dodge was one of the targets a year or two ago about returning to the sport.
But they’re not keen to return anytime soon considering the success of their NHRA program.
Though even though it’s an outside chance right now, expect the merger of Dodge’s parent company Fiat-Chrysler & Peugeot-Citroen happening at the end of this year, it may change their stance after all considering the sister brand crossover on design and performance.
Imagine when four or five different manufacturers compete for the ultimate prize, it will be hectic to boost some eyeballs for the race and car lovers alike.
Translate that when you’re having fun driving these cars on the road.
Wow!! It will be so cool to hear the different horsepower roaring from the engine to see which car is the quickest.
And that’s what NASCAR wanted to work on over the next couple of years with subsequent TV rights deal from 2025 is crucial on maintaining & increasing viewership.
For now, we’ll have to wait and see the next type of testing that NASCAR wanted to get the best out of this new beauty once the pandemic ends ASAP.