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NASCAR Cup: new car may arrive in 2021

during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2018 in Homestead, Florida.

By AMANDA VINCENT

NASCAR hopes to have its next generation of Cup Series race car, the Gen-7, on track for competition in 2021, according to a recent NASCAR.com report.

“I think it’s important to note that the reason we headed in this direction with the 2019 rules package was really to line us up for where we wanted to go in the future from a racing standpoint, both on track from a car’s look and feel and then under the hood from an engine perspective,” NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell said. “If you look at a lot of the dialogue we’ve had with our existing OEMs, potential OEMs, there’s a lot of interest to do some things differently in terms of making the cars look even more like they do on the street, making sure that we can evolve some of our engine technology as well. So what we’ve done is spent the better part of a year putting together a Gen-7 model. We’re in process now of going out and talking to OEMs, talking in the industry and getting their feedback on what they like and what they may want to see tweaked, but the goal for us is to roll this out fairly quickly with an accelerated timeline to 2021, but again this rules package — particularly the engine horsepower — allows us to have some discussion around a more relevant engine that can be around the 2021 package.”

The rules package debuting in 2019, with the second race of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Feb. 24, includes a aerodynamic ducts and tapered spacers that are expected to reduce engine output to approximately 550 hp.

NASCAR officials have expressed a desire to add at least one more manufacturer to its top series to join Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota. The Cup Series last had four manufacturers in 2012, Dodge’s last season in the Cup Series. That also was the last season before NASCAR transitioned to its current Gen-6 car.

Each of the remaining manufacturers have rolled out new models of the current generation of NASCAR Cup Series car in the last few seasons, the latest being Ford, which will contest the series with its Mustang for this first time this season. Chevrolet debuted a name plate change to Camaro in the Cup Series last year, and Toyota introduced a redesigned Camry ahead of the 2017 season.

Ford Performance Motorsports Global Director Mark Rushbrook looks forward to the next generation of NASCAR race cars, hopeful that the next cars will look more than their street counterparts. Then, he’d like to shift focus to new engines.

“As much as we like that we’ve been able to make our new car look like a Mustang, we’d like the ability to do even more in that area,” Rushbrook said. “In terms of what you see on the outside of the car, we’d like to see a few changes — nothing major, but a few changes underneath the car for a little bit of technical relevance. We want to make sure that we can keep using our technical tools and learning like we do today. We don’t want to lose that with any changes. I think that’s the right step for the sport to take to get a new car in those different areas. Then, after that step is taken, then, look at something for the powertrain. I think it’s too much to do the engine at the same time, but I think it’s something that can follow after the new car.”

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