New NASCAR pickups from Ford and Toyota

For over 25 years, the NASCAR Trucks Series has been one of the most bizarre and action-packed racing series in the world. In the coming season, the manufacturers can now launch a new, more modern look. Ford and Toyota have already unveiled their new Über pickups.

The NASCAR world is currently changing. Next year, a new generation (Gen-7 or Next-Gen) that is almost revolutionary for the old-school series will be introduced in the Cup Series, the first stock car league so to speak. Center nuts, composite, and even a diffuser—those are massive steps for the most popular US motorsports championship. In the third league - the Truck Series - things are not quite as radical, but with a new look you are at least getting closer to the current designs of the series pick-ups.

NASCAR allows new silhouettes

This is made possible by the approval of NASCAR. The organizer allowed the three manufacturers Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota to make adjustments to the front and rear of their racing pickups. While a more consistent, flatter front end is the standard right now, for 2022 automakers had a chance to model their racing pickups more on the Silverado, F-150, and Tundra archetypes. All three manufacturers have already passed the wind tunnel test that was mandatory for approval. In the future, the adapted vehicle parts will be made of composite material, the rest of traditional sheet metal.

First up, Ford unveiled the 2022 racing adaptation of its best-selling F-150. Together with the Ford junior Hailie Deegan and the electric pick-up counterpart F-150 Lightning as the towing vehicle, the V8 stock car was sent on a classic "short track" - the 400-meter-long Flat Rock Speedway in Michigan. The blue oval from Dearborn consciously chose a mixture of the two automotive zeitgeists.

With the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro, the US offshoot of the Japanese manufacturer is bringing its most extreme pick-up to NASCAR, at least visually. Now powered by a V6 in the series, the workhorse is Toyota's third active NASCAR model. In the top league, the design of the Camry is used, and in the formally second NASCAR Xfinity Series championship, the face of the Supra sports car is used. Chevrolet and Ford also rely on the Camaro and Mustang.

Like the F-150, the Tundra will make its racing debut on February 18th at Daytona International Speedway - the legendary 2.5-mile high-speed oval in the birthplace of NASCAR. The presentation of the new Silverado is still pending.

The Truck Series phenomenon

The idea for the truck bed racers came about in the early 1990s when off-road racing enthusiasts were looking for new areas of application for pick-ups. They discovered NASCAR, which was not that big at the time, but had to do a lot of convincing. It was not until 1995 that racing officially started. Thanks to big sponsors, the silhouette pickups quickly became fan favorites.

In recent years, the NASCAR Truck Series has consolidated its status as a popular training series. At the same time, it also has many old stars and truck specialists in its ranks. As in the first league, you drive on a large mix of routes - in addition to superspeedways, circuits with right-hand bends are also part of the repertoire. The traditional dirt race in Eldora also laid the foundation for the return of the Cup Series to the prepared clay.


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