Fox News’ automotive editor Gary Gastelu discusses the possibility of NASCAR going hybrid.
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NASCAR’s next-generation car has been delayed to the 2022 season due to challenges presented by the coronavirus crisis.
The all-new spec chassis was slated to debut at the 2021 Daytona 500 and has been tested on track several times this year, but development has been hampered by the suspended NASCAR season and stay-at-home policies being initiated across the country.
We will continue to develop the Next Gen car, and a revised testing timeline will be shared when more information is available,” said John Probst, NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Innovation, in a press release.
The all-new car features several radical departures from the current model, including an independent rear suspension, a six-speed sequential manual transmission, revised aerodynamics and single-lug 18-inch wheels.
Probst has previously said the car could feature a hybrid powertrain at some tracks as soon as 2022, but did not comment on that possibility in regard to the delayed schedule.
Several drivers from across NASCAR’s top three series are currently competing in the virtual eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series using the iRacing simulation platform.