The NASCAR Next Gen car aims to lower the cost associated with cars while improving the safety of the cars at the same time.
Had it not been the COVID-19 pandemic, the Next Gen series would have already made their Cup debut. However, it was postponed until 2022 as the series waits for further tests before their Cup appearance.
One of the major changes that the NASCAR Next Gen series will bring is that it will be a cost-effective alternative for race teams. Given that a lot of teams struggled with the pandemic, Next Gen could help teams to deal with the financial aspects of the race even in normal circumstances.
“In my opinion, the importance of this car can’t be overstated,” said NASCAR President Steve Phelps. “There are many things that Next Gen will do for us as a sport when it rolls out in 2022. The styling is going to be amazing. I think the racing is going to be better based on the aerodynamics of the vehicle.
“The costs associated with the vehicle will be lower in terms of its absolute cost as well as the number of cars that will be necessary to run and run up front. Those are all wins for us.
Additionally, the series aims to lure OEMs (road car manufacturers) in NASCAR competition, along with Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota.
“I believe new OEMs and the relevance of this sport, where this sport now ranks within the sports entertainment landscape, is different than it was a year ago, two years ago, three years ago. With that, as well as the Next Gen car coming out next year, I think there’s going to be some renewed interest from an OEM perspective.”