General Motors has released a shadowy teaser image of the front end of its new NASCAR Next Gen Chevy Camaro racer ahead of its official unveiling on Wednesday.
The darkened teaser image shows the front end of the NASCAR Next Gen car, along with illuminated outlines that form the design of the headlights, grille and other aspects of the front fascia. NASCAR released a similary darkened teaser image early last month (below) showing the Chevy Camaro Next Gen car alongside its Ford and Toyota counterparts. That teaser image also featured a graphic boldly proclaiming the new rules package to be the “rebirth of stock.”
The NASCAR Next Gen car is a joint effort between the sanctioning body and its three participating manufacturers: Chevy, Ford and Toyota. The three OEMs worked together to develop a new ruleset that will imrpove the on-track products and also bring NASCAR stock cars closer in line with what consumers can buy on the showroom floor. Some changes applied to the Next Gen cars include larger centerlock alloy wheels, a six-speed sequential transmission (replacing the four-speed manual the current cars have), independent rear suspension and a rear diffuser for added downforce.
Richard Childress Racing built the first NASCAR Next Gen prototype back in 2019. This prototype featured generic exterior styling and was used by a multitude of different drivers and teams for testing throughout 2019 and 2020. NASCAR announced it had compelted development work on the Next Gen cars in February of this year, although tests were still held at Martinsville and Darlington with protoype cars as the series put the finishing touches on the new rules package.
The current NASCAR car, often referred to as the Generation 6 car, was introduced for the 2013 Cup Series season. Chevy first marketed the Holden Commodore-based SS sedan in the NASCAR Cup Series using the Gen 6 car before switching the body over to a Chevy Camaro ZL1 and then a ZL1 1LE. This latest Next Gen Car is also expected to be branded as a Chevy Camaro ZL1.
We’ll have full details on the Chevy Camaro NASCAR Next Gen car following its official debut on Wednesday.