NASCAR Announces Higher Horsepower, Lower Downforce Package in 2022

Austin Cindric, driver of the #2 Team Penske Ford, William Byron, driver of the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and Tyler Reddick, driver of the #8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Next Gen Test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 17, 2021 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR today announced that it will move to higher horsepower/lower downforce for NASCAR Cup Series intermediate racetracks in 2022. The Next Gen car will feature a 670 hp engine and 4-inch spoiler – components that had already been announced for all short tracks and road courses.

The Next Gen car will now have the same spoiler height and engine horsepower level for all races except the superspeedway events. The components for the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be determined following the test in January.

The following is a statement from Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer:

“After hours of wind tunnel and on-track testing, as well as feedback from drivers and the larger industry, NASCAR will move to higher horsepower, lower downforce for each of its non-superspeedway NASCAR Cup Series events. We believe the setup featuring the 670hp engine and 4-inch spoiler will lead to strong, intense competition and put the racing squarely in the hands of the best drivers in the world. That was the goal we set for the industry as we developed the Next Gen car. We are confident in the direction we’re headed and very much look forward to the racing in 2022 and beyond.”