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NASCAR Will Debut The New Race Cars On Wednesday

Next Gen Generation Chevrolet Camaro Chevy NASCAR ZL1
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The original seventh-generation Chevrolet Camaro plans as we know it were scrapped. That’s a cold truth that won’t change. However, that’s not to say that there is possibly a new plan for a different kind of seventh-generation Camaro, which could debut sometime after 2023. Speculation of an electric Camaro remains purely speculation at this point, but regardless of what ends up happening, Chevrolet seems to have committed the nameplate of the historic muscle car to racing for the near- to mid-term future. To the point, NASCAR is teasing its “Next Generation” race cars that will debut this week, which will debut on May 5.

Three New NASCAR Debuts

Along with the Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Performance will also debut its Next Gen Mustang, while Toyota will also pull the sheet off of its new Camry. The new cars will begin racing in the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season next year.

As for whether or not the Next Gen Chevrolet NASCAR is indeed a Camaro, or if Ford will continue with the Mustang name, the cars were leaked in the buff on Reddit. The image below speaks for itself.

Next Generation Gen NASCAR Chevrolet Chevy Camaro ZL1 Race Car Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Image via Reddit.

Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang Debut Details

The new race cars will debut in Charlotte, North Carolina, while manufacturers recently completed a round of testing at Martinsville Speedway last week. Specs and elements of the Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro, Next Gen Ford Mustang and Next Gen Toyota Camry will also be announced on May 5. Speculation is that the cars will likely adapt some form of electrification, while the four-speed manual transmission is being swapped out for a six-speed sequential gearbox. Single lug wheels, and independent rear suspension are other notable changes.The engines are also expected to lose their carburetor setup in lieu of fuel injection. NASCAR has long been criticized, perhaps unfairly, for resisting change towards more modern racing technology.

However, this crudeness is cost-effective for race teams, and considering the full-contact melee that Cup Series races can be, the cars can be more easily repaired or replaced in the inevitable event of a crash. The Next Gen Chevrolet Camaro, Next Gen Ford Mustang, and Next Gen Toyota Camry are rumored to have far more expensive operating costs, which seems like a clumsy strategy for a racing series that’s seen it fanbase erode over the past decade.

Reports from Down Under also point to GM using the Chevrolet Camaro name to race in Supercars. Does this point towards the company looking for ways to keep the Camaro around? Hopefully so.

Next Gen NASCAR Camaro Mustang Camry
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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