'21 Generation 7 Car news

Discussion in 'NASCAR chat' started by StandOnIt, Feb 19, 2019.

  1. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    If they drop the weight down to 2500-2800 i wonder if they could use air jacks? Get rid of the jackman.
     
  2. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    I can't get worked up over lug nuts either way. Personally it's not important to me, and it's not why I watch racing. The issues regarding the overall direction NASCAR has chosen with lower HP and high downforce are far more important, to the exclusion of such peripheral concerns. I'd trade tires that fasten themselves or robot pit crews for a reversal on that front.
     
  3. AdoubleU24

    AdoubleU24 Team Owner

    Teams had to find a way to get the times back down after they went from 6 to 5, but they won't be able to with this move. Tire changers are the smaller more agile guys on a crew and now they'll be asked to haul their own heavy tires around while trying to run, slide, and whatever else they do to show off their athleticism? Not gonna do anything but slow it down.
     
  4. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    They should go the other way -- give the Trucks 8 lug nuts.
     
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  5. bigspud

    bigspud Team Owner

    driver should get out and change his own tires.
     
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  6. KTMLew01

    KTMLew01 Team Owner

    with a 4 way lug wrench
     
  7. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

    That's old school, been there done that. I like 2 tire changers who carry their own tires.
     
  8. Turtle84

    Turtle84 gained a step

    It's not the most important thing in the world to me, but wow that will be a change to my viewing experience, hearing the gun on 5 lug nuts is unmistakable at the track and on tv. I always considered it a small differentiator from the other forms of racing.
     
  9. Dr_B_UNC

    Dr_B_UNC Team Owner

    They could go the way of other motorsports (open wheel) and have tires sitting in stall ready to be lifted on, but I think the stalls are too small in NASCAR for that and pit road is way too crowded with many more cars than Indy or F1 so it wouldn't work. I sure did type a lot to add nothing.
     
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  10. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    The hood vents and the two gizmo's question are solved

     
  11. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Austin should run that scheme next year. The inspection lasers would probably puke.
     
  12. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Air jacks work for vehicles that don't beat and bang much. I can see a car getting a blow hard enough to lose containment on the air systems but not hard enough to prevent repairs. When it rolls into the pit box, would they be allowed to bring out a manual jack? How about a crewman to operate it? The six-minute repair window is going to get blown all to bits.

    I like technology but it doesn't strike me as a good fit for NASCAR-style stock car racing.
     
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  13. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    But they only have to loosen and tighten a single nut. They'll be waiting on the gas man.
     
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  14. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

  15. NASCAR Apologist

    NASCAR Apologist Team Owner

    Those wheels and that diffuser have me feeling some type of way.
     
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  16. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    I've had some seafood do that to me.
     
  17. Dr_B_UNC

    Dr_B_UNC Team Owner

    I must admit that I'm liking what I'm seeing there. IF, and it's a huge IF, they allow the cars to really look like their street counterparts and they can race near each other and pass... This will be a winner. I really like the wheels, so I must be a heretic and will accept my excommunication.
     
  18. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

    I wish they would move the fuel filler to the rear of the car to give spoiled drivers a target to aim for. :biggrin:
     
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  19. Acs

    Acs Team Owner

    Austin Dillon hints that the Gen 7 has roughly 700lbs less downforce than the current cars. Oh, and sequential gearboxes.

     
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  20. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Okay, what's a sequential gearbox and what's it's impact on racing?

    The only issue I have with 700 lb less downforce is that it isn't 1000 less.
     
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  21. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    simplest definition is that the shift lever is pulled back for upshifts and pushed forward for downshifts. The super cars use them would be one example

     
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  22. Acs

    Acs Team Owner

    It's pretty much a motorcycle gearbox.
     
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  23. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    Sorry, that doesn't tell me much. I can identify a motorcycle at a distance of 50 meters 8 times out of 10. That's about the extent of my knowledge, although today I learned they have gearboxes.
     
  24. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    So the lever returns to a central position until you're ready to push it up or pull it down again? I'll bet Jr. wishes he'd had that at Pocono.

    How do you get into neutral, downshift from first?
     
  25. Turtle84

    Turtle84 gained a step

    Maybe that's why someone wanted it?... save money on blown engines by minimizing bad down shifts.
     
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  26. Ventisca

    Ventisca Team Owner

    then the lazy drivers will want paddle or thumb shifters on the wheel...
     
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  27. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    That's why the military went to automatic transmissions in every new wheeled vehicle since the Hummer. It saves money on clutch and tranny repairs since nobody coming in knows how to drive a manual system.
     
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  28. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    I wondered if they were going to do something about the under body, it looks like they may.

     
  29. Fordracing7

    Fordracing7 2018 Pick em Champion

    They're going to take all errors and variables away from the pit crews and the cars and the drivers that way we have the most robotic product we've ever seen
     
  30. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    How so?
     
  31. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    I'll disagree with you on this.

    Going to a single-lug will mean pit-stops will have to be perfect every time. So many instances in F1, IndyCar, DTM, IMSA, and other forms have single lugs. The gunman screws up the stop and the race can be over for a team because of a loose wheel.

    Having five lugs is really a luxury, just like with a road car a loose wheel can be felt out. With a tire vibrating at speed to determine if its loose. With a single lug nut, that will be gone and pit-stops will have to be perfect all the time. If anything it will add more pressure to pit crews to get the stop downpact. Not to mention something like a gun failure during a stop or other mechanical issue with the air hose, compressor, etc.
     
  32. OldTimer

    OldTimer Team Owner

    I can only identify them at that ratio at about 50 yards...don't meter anything, I live in the USA.
     
  33. OldTimer

    OldTimer Team Owner

    Then it isn't NASCAR
     
  34. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    A small change doesn't recreate an entire sport.

    NASCAR will be NASCAR and always will be. Nothing stays the same forever, but some are a bit more open to change. NASCAR has to modernize itself, I love the five-lug stops. It will take some time to adjust, but I'm still going to watch like I always do.
     
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  35. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    by the same token, taking a rumor and making it real before proof isn't wise
     
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  36. Kiante

    Kiante Team Owner

    I was responding to @Fordracing7 post as to why I disagreed with the whole point of "robotic stops". Its not true, but giving examples to the mistakes seen in other racing disciplines IF NASCAR decides to go that direction.
     
  37. StandOnIt

    StandOnIt Farm Truck

    This is the part of your post I was commenting on. There have been many things that have been discussed and single lugs is one of them. So far it is nothing but a rumor. Even the chassis they are talking about they haven't named who will make it. Probably getting bids from chassis builders. Five Star has been named to make the bodies..that's a fact
     
  38. Charlie Spencer

    Charlie Spencer Short tracks and road courses rule.

    The US Army lives here too, but all of their rifle range targets are space in meters, and maps are in kilometers. My line was a variation on the format of Army training standards - "Able to do X at a distance of Y meters".

    Just because something is what we're used to in the USA doesn't mean it's inherently the best way to do something. The so-called English system of measurements (which even the Brits have abandoned) is ate up with inconsistencies and irrationalities. There's no logical conversion between units. It sucks, continuing by inertia in only three countries: Burma, Liberia, and the US.

    Like NASCAR, the US sometimes needs to make changes.
     
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  39. aunty dive

    aunty dive Team Owner

    If cost is an issue why on earth would the sanctioning body switch to a single lug setup?

    Good idea ... let's scrap a few thousand front hubs and brake rotors while we're getting rid of all the 15" wheels.
     
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  40. Team Penske

    Team Penske Team Owner

    How often are they re-used?
     

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