Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, 9:07 AM
Professional race car mechanic Samir Allen Farhoumand discusses the new Cup Series NASCAR racecar.
JACKSONVILLE, FL / FEB. 26, 2022 / NASCAR Cup Series race cars dating back to 1949. This division of NASCAR racing was known for using solely stock race cars. Samir Allen Farhoumand explained that this means the vehicles are ready to race directly off the showroom floor.
“The Cup Series is meant for stock cars, but that has changed greatly over the years,” Farhoumand said. “Cup Series cars became more race cars than stock cars, and the new Next Gen car is taking drivers back to the basics.”
Farhoumand explained that the new Next Gen race car will be released this 2022 season. It will replace the Gen 6 race cars used since 2013.
What Does the Next Gen Look Like?
The Next Gen race car will look different from each maker, including the TRD Camry, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and the Ford Mustang. All of the vehicles look sleeker and more coupe-like. Next Gen vehicles have wider tires, shorter deck lids, shorter greenhouses, and aluminum wheels. The wheels will feature a one-lug-nut design that could make wheel changes drastically faster than with the former five-lug-nut design.
A role of the Next Gen vehicle is to put more emphasis on driver skill and car setup. That’s due to the body being completely symmetrical and more aerodynamic.
“One of the greatest advantages of the new Next Gen racecar is that the composite material can withstand greater contact with other vehicles or walls,” Samir Allen Farhoumand said. “Finally, NASCAR has a vehicle that’s more protective without sacrificing performance.”
NASCAR Next Gen Vehicle Components
The Next Gen car offers upgrades similar to those consumers have seen with everyday vehicles. Some features include larger brakes, an independent rear suspension, and a new transaxle that could allow for electrification in the coming years.
The Net Gen includes majorly upgraded connectivity and an in-car camera. Real-time data is now also sent to the fans to keep the car functioning optimally and drivers safe. Repairs and serviceability are now easier due to the new front and rear clips.
Next Gen Power
Farhoumand explained that NASCAR enthusiasts are likely most interested in the downforce and horsepower of the Next Gen. He believes this new design will be more popular than ever because it offers more horsepower and lowers downforce. The engine output is now 670 horsepower at most race tracks. The Next Gen will use a 510 horsepower and 7-inch spoiler at Dayton, Talladega, and Atlanta superspeedways.
About Race Car Mechanic Samir Allen Farhoumand
Farhoumand has been fascinated with all vehicles since he was a child. He grew up watching professional races at Daytona International Speedway. He currently works as a car mechanic in Jacksonville, Fla., and is completing the training required to become a racecar mechanic at the Daytona International Speedway and beyond.