NASCAR tests the next generation of cars at Daytona International Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – We’re still weeks away from the start of the NASCAR season for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, but fans have still come to see the next-gen car.
The driver must also test the cars on the Speedway track for the first time.
“Anything new you’ve got has to go through a learning curve,” said Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner, “and I think we’re going to go through that for a few races. But I think during as we’re racing and NASCAR is making some adjustments, it’s going to even be better. “
NASCAR Next Gen test at Daytona International Speedway on January 11, 2022. [FOX 35 Sports]
NASCAR Next Gen test at Daytona International Speedway on January 11, 2022. [Courtesy: NASCAR]
NASCAR hosted a similar event last month at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
No.38 Ford Front Row Motorsports driver Todd Gilliland and No.31 Chevrolet Kaulig Racing driver Justin Haley take part in the NASCAR Next Gen test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 17, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jar
No.47 Chevrolet JTG Daugherty Racing driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and No.22 Penske Ford Team driver Joey Logano take part in the NASCAR Next Gen test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 17, 2021 in Concord, Carolina North. (Photo by Ja
Drivers wait to begin testing during the NASCAR Next Gen test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 17, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images)
Chase Elliott drives the # 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet during the NASCAR Next Gen Test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 17, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton / Getty Images)
In the past when NASCAR made changes and introduced a different race car, obviously that was an adjustment for the drivers. These next days of testing at Daytona are extremely precious because this version of the new car is completely different.
“I mean, that’s it,” said NASCAR driver Tyler Reddick. “The only thing you can bring from the old car is a seat, your insert and the steering wheel. Everything else is completely different. So it’s been a really big learning adjustment, a learning curve and with the The limited testing we’ve had, that’s going to make the testing days that we have here in Phoenix ahead very important for the start of the season. “
These cars hit the track for their first official practice during Speed Weeks on February 15th.
NASCAR has provided this information below regarding the appearance and components of the new generation car:
New generation car looks
- The Next Gen car gave manufacturers greater leeway to incorporate features into the race car body that better mimic the look and feel of the street car.
- A sleek new design lowered the greenhouse, shortened the trunk lid and widened the car’s track width, giving it a more coupe-like look.
- The body is fully symmetrical, which will reduce aerodynamic forces and emphasize race car setup and driver control. The new composite material is more durable and will allow more hits and hits without losing performance.
- New 18-inch forged aluminum wheels and wider Goodyear tires better replicate what is found on passenger cars and will allow for softer tire compounds.
New generation car components
- Upgraded specifications to match modern passenger vehicle technology including independent rear suspension, luggage rack, and steering gear, and bigger brakes.
- A new transaxle combines transmission and rear gears into one package with an eye to the future – the ability to incorporate electrification.
- The bottom of the car is sealed with a diffuser under the fender and at the rear which will make it easier to drive in traffic and reduce “dirty air”.
- Hood louvers will allow teams to maximize engine performance regardless of aerodynamics.
- A redesigned chassis includes new front and rear bumpers for added safety. Front and rear clips bolt to the center section for easy maintenance and damage repair.
- Improved automotive connectivity will allow an on-board camera to be installed in every vehicle, with the ability to bring fans more real-time data in the future.
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