NASCAR Next Gen: Modular Design (video)

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Take a look under the body at the new NASCAR chassis; Teams discuss possible car supply issues ahead of season

For 2022, NASCAR is taking a whole new direction. They put the stock back in the stock car.

For the first time, the chassis design will be identical from team to team. Frames are delivered by a supplier, now teams design and build their own cars from scratch.

The idea is to drastically reduce costs. At the same time, there are plans to level the playing field from powerful teams to underfunded operations.

There is a lot of change. One of the most important is the modular frame design. The frame is assembled in three separate pieces.

“The chassis system is designed to be modular on Next Gen to allow the front clip, center section and rear clip to bolt together and be interchangeable,” said Brandon Thomas, general manager of NASCAR Vehicle Systems. .

“Any front clip will fit, any middle section will fit the back clip. It’s done for ease of repair, ease of rotating cars between events. And to facilitate the settings, for the teams.

Ease of repair explained

The ease of repair has already been put to use. In November, Austin Dillon spun and crashed during the recent test at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Located just up the road from the track is the home of Richard Childress Racing. The team was able to take the car to the workshop and bring the same back to the track.

“It showed everyone that this car has huge potential. From the time it wrecked to the time we got back on track, a new snout, a tail, a nose, everything, 9 hours “, explained Richard Childress.

Related: January 11, 2022 Daytona Test Results (NASCAR Next Gen)

Daytona International Speedway – Under the Lights – NASCAR Next Gen Testing (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez | NASCAR Digital Media)

NASCAR Next Gen supply issues?

Stewart-Haas Racing did not participate in Daytona testing. Joe Gibbs Racing only brought one machine.

It is the product of a low stock of cars. Teams can’t risk crashing too many cars before the season.

The season begins at the LA Coliseum in early February. This will be followed by a week of racing at Daytona International Speedway. Are they ready?

NASCAR: John Probst

“We are always on track for 5 cars at a time. The latest tracking we have, out of the supplier,” NASCAR’s John Probst said.

“And that’s 5 center sections and seven front and rear clips. It’s a bit like 5+, a bit.

“We are not immune to the world. We are seeing COVID and supply chains being delayed. At this time, we don’t see any part parts that will prevent a car from racing in an event.

Probst added: “We are working with the teams to make sure that we are setting up backup cars in an efficient way. While we worry, that’s what we do, we worry about things like that.

Richard Childress Racing

“We have two right now per car, and the season is starting very soon,” Richard Childress said of his team supply.

“You always have concerns, but I think NASCAR approaches it from a safety perspective. We would come back, after every test, the crash test, we would go back and make changes. That’s one of the reasons for which we are a little late.

Childress believes they will have three cars per team before the start of the season.

Childress added: “There are parts shortages but it will be fine I think.”

Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski said: “This car is easier to put back on than cars of the past, in good ways. But, it’s still a lot of work. Big challenge for them in the coming months, due to inventory constraints.

Keselowski added: “Apart from another COVID lockdown or major crashes, I think we’ll have enough cars to race. But I’m concerned about the emotional and physical well-being of some of the people working on the racing cars.”

Related: Charlotte Test Results for Dec. 17, 2021 (NASCAR Next Gen)

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