NASCAR officials and current and potential manufacturers are already hashing out the regulations for the Gen 7 NASCAR Cup Series cars, which are expected to arrive in 2021.
Speaking to Motorsport.com, NASCAR’s had of racing development Steve O’Donnell said the series has been working on the proposal model for the Gen 7 NASCAR Cup Series cars for the past year and is now getting feedback from manufacturers before deciding on the final draft for the rules package. Automakers are hoping the Gen 7 cars will look more like the production road cars they are styled after and also feature engine technology that is more closely related to what they sell in dealerships.
“If you look at a lot of the dialogue we’ve had with our existing OEMs, potential OEMs, there’s a lot of interest to do some things differently in terms of making the cars look even more like they do on the street, making sure that we can evolve some of our engine technology as well,” O’Donnell told Motorsport.com “So what we’ve done is spent the better part of a year putting together a Gen-7 model.”
“We’re in process now of going out and talking to OEMs, talking in the industry and getting their feedback on what they like and what they may want to see tweaked, but the goal for us is to roll this out fairly quickly with an accelerated timeline to 2021.”
Chevrolet’s rivals at Ford have introduced a new Mustang body for the 2019 NASCAR season, echoing its decision to begin racing the Camaro in NASCAR’s top tier at the beginning of the 2018 season. The revised NASCAR rules package for 2019 has allowed Chevy, Ford and Toyota to make their cars look a bit more like road cars, but they are still hoping to see even more road relevance in the Gen 7 cars.
“As much as we like that we’ve been able to make our new car look like a Mustang, we’d like the ability to do even more in that area,” said Ford Peformance director Mark Rushbrook.“In terms of what you see on the outside of the car, we’d like to see a few changes underneath the car for a little bit of technical relevance.”