NASCAR Next Gen engine details revealed

Jake Nichol October 12, 2021
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NASCAR has confirmed how much power the Next Gen engines will be allowed to chuck out during races. Has it changed from the current packages in use in the Cup Series?

Next Gen engine power confirmed

NASCAR is in the middle of a two-day test (Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th) of October at the Charlotte Roval.

Teams are testing their examples of the Next Gen machinery set for introduction in 2022.

The Next Gen cars will move NASCAR towards a more spec-style of racing.

Gone will be the days of teams designing and developing their own parts, which has driven up costs.

Instead, from 2022, teams will be able to buy parts from NASCAR-approved suppliers.

The big challenge for them is to then get everything working together.

NASCAR hopes that lowering costs, and by introducing hybrid engine technology in the not to distant future, it can finally attract a fourth manufacturer – or OEM – to the Cup Series.

On Monday, NASCAR confirmed what the engine packages will be the Next Gen car.

Road courses and short tracks – at which the two-day test at the Roval was run – will have 670bhp with a four-inch spoiler.

Intermediate ovals – such as the Charlotte oval or Texas Motor Speedway will be 550bhp with an eight-inch rear spoiler.

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How is it different to the current packages?

For the road courses and short tracks, there will be a reduction in the available power to drivers.

As it stands, cars currently produce 750bhp on such circuits.

It is known as the high power/low downforce package.

For intermediate ovals, the power output remains the same at 550bhp.

This is known as the low power/high downforce package.

NASCAR uses this to try and create pack racing, and not allow cars to get strung out on 1.5-mile tracks.

It has a mixed reception from fans, who don’t like the single-file nature to the racing.

As for the superspeedways at Daytona and Talladega, a further test at Daytona in early January will determine what the package is.

The base of the NASCAR Next Gen engine will be a naturally-aspirated 5.8L V8.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.