The NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen car has already shown a lot of changes, and the changes might not be made yet.
Since NASCAR unveiled plans for the Next Gen car, the âstock renaissanceâ in stock car racing has grown into a major sporting enterprise.
With NASCAR aiming to make race cars more like their showroom counterparts, design changes that will affect racing have been implemented. Instead of the car body having the passenger side further away than the driver’s side, the two sides of the Next Gen car will be symmetrical.
Not only does this design further mimic the show car that manufacturers supply to NASCAR; it also allows the cars to create more lateral force, changing the track racing product and not just the appearance of the car.
Additional design and manufacturing changes will also be made. The Next Gen car will have a carbon fiber body as opposed to the traditional sheet metal. The Xfinity series has already started using carbon fiber bodies.
But despite all the changes already made to the Next Gen car, another design change could be in the works.
According to Sports business journal Adam Stern, NASCAR, is in talks to move the door car numbers further to the front of the Next Gen car.
Breaking with the tradition of having the number in the front and center, NASCAR seems to entertain the idea of ââmoving it forward. This would leave more space for sponsors and maybe even other sponsors to come up with designs that they didn’t think they could bring with a forward and centered number.
Moving the side number isn’t something new to NASCAR as it was first attempted in the 2020 All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway when it was pulled back.
While the underlying lights that were used in this All-Star race are not part of the new changes, a change in number placement is likely.
While the 2021 season has been touted as the âbest season ever,â the 2022 season is shaping up to be a season in which change will be crucial for the sport as it progresses.