NASCAR has unveiled the new bodies that will be used from the 2022 season onwards, and all three manufacturers have shown their satisfaction and commitment to the sport as it enters a new era.
“A lot of works has been done behind the scenes to make sure this Next-Gen Mustang remains relevant to our customers,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “As the automotive industry continues to change, we’ll have the ability to keep up in the racing world without having to go through a complete overhaul or redesign of the car.
“This is something we’ve been waiting for and we’re glad the time as finally arrived.”
Some of the changes to the vehicle include rack-and-pinon steering, independent rear suspension, and 18-inch tires with aluminum forged wheels. The body has a wider stance, with a symmetric exterior shell, tail, and smaller greenhouse area that resembles the production Mustang.
“This car is true to the Mustang brand and we have to thank the Ford design team for working hand-in-hand with our aerodynamics engineers to ensure it is competitive on the track while maintaining a Mustang styling.
“That requires a lot of give-and-take on both sides, but with the new smaller greenhouse area and a shorter rear deck, we were able to do a lot things to make sure there’s no mistaking this is a Mustang.”
“Chevrolet engineers and designers worked alongside our race teams to develop this race car while staying true to the styling essence of the Camaro ZL1,” Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports, said. “This cooperation will benefit Chevrolet both on the track and the street.”
“The Next Gen Camaro has a much stronger link to the production Camaro ZL1 in terms of styling integration, improved proportions and relevant technologies,” Eric Warren, Chevrolet Director of NASCAR programs, said.
“From an engineering standpoint, this is a seismic shift. It’s a completely new car that brings with it a lot of opportunity from a technical standpoint.”
Some of the changes to the car include independent rear suspension, rack and pinion steering and 18-inch wheel size made from forged aluminum.
“There has been a substantial amount of work put into the Toyota TRD Camry Next-Gen car by all of our partners, but specifically everyone at TRD and Calty Design,” Paul Doleshal, group manager of motorsport and assets TMNA, said. “We’re thrilled to have the chance to showcase the TRD Camry to represent Toyota in the NASCAR Cup Series through this Next-Gen project. This is our topline, track-inspired performance Camry and it seemed only fitting for it to take its spot on the race track.”
“For Toyota and TRD, we’re committed to the principle of continuous improvement and we believe that’s reflected in this Next Gen TRD Camry.David Wilson, president of TRD.
“While we know the margins available with this new race car are smaller when it comes to adjustability, we know our race team partners and our team at TRD look forward to the challenge of learning about this car and discovering the performance opportunities that will help put the TRD Camry into victory lane.”