A big change is coming to NASCAR next year in the form of its Next Gen car.
The all-new design that was tested on the Charlotte Motor Speedway oval this week features a composite body, independent rear suspension, bigger brakes, bigger wheels and tires, and a five-speed sequential transaxle, among other updates.
It’s a technological leap on several fronts from the current Cup Series car, but it still gets its full power from a big petrol V8… for now.
NASCAR previously suggested that a hybrid powertrain might be on the way, and now we know when it might arrive.
Bob Pockrass, Fox Sports reporter reports that NASCAR President Steve Phelps told the SportsBusiness Journal World Congress of Sports on Tuesday that the cars will “likely” have a hybrid powertrain in 2024.
NASCAR previously revealed that the Next Gen car is future-proof for such a move, which would likely involve adding an electric motor to the transaxle, which would be used to add power in concert with accelerate the V8 and provide regenerative braking that charge a small battery to power it.
The setup would be more advantageous on short tracks and road runs and might not even be relevant for superspeedways, where it’s possible cars will run without it, but as it remains in development it’s unclear what the car will look like. final design.
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In the meantime, the Next Gen cars are expected to race for the first time on a temporary track built inside the LA Memorial Coliseum for the Clash exhibition event in February ahead of their competitive debut at the Daytona 500 later in the month.