NASCAR is working on a new car for 2021. Itâs expected to be drastically different from the current spec of car.
Of things expected, the new race car is likely to reduce costs overall. At the same time, itâs expected to mirror the showroom cars closer than they do currently.
The rumors have included a spec chassis, which would reduce costs on all teams. Even the back marker teams are done with a chassis after 3 races, due to constant development of the frame.
The bodies are expected to mirror the manufactures. But, itâs not just the bodies. Current chassis designs and rules are crude on purpose. The technology used, like truck arms, are far outdated to what people are using on the roads.
As to what the 2021 NASCAR race car will beâŠ The details are still mostly speculation.
But, the first test of the new car will be done on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
The test will take place at Richmond Raceway in Virginia. The track is a 0.75-mile short track.
Richard Childress Racing has built and supplied the Next Gen car for the test. Austin Dillon will be the driver at the test.
RCR is a Chevrolet team. However, the car that will be tested wonât have a Chevy body attached. It will be more of a generic body for testing purposes only. From my understanding, itâs the chassis itself is whatâs being tested.
The test is closed to the public and media.
The test was confirmed by the NASCAR President:
âWe are very excited with where things are with this Next Gen car,â NASCAR President Steve Phelps said Monday on NASCAR America.
âWe are on time for a 2021 rollout. I think itâs going to be exciting to get it on track.â
âWe were in the wind tunnel last week, so having a test at Richmond (Tuesday) and Wednesday, kind of the culmination of a lot of work that has been done by the race teams, by our (manufacturer) partners and by the folks of NASCAR to put this on the race track.â
âThis particular car was built by Richard Childress and his folks and it wonât have the design of the Chevy, Ford and Toyota, but it will be kind of an opportunity for us to shake down the car and weâre really excited to get it on the race track,â Phelps concluded.