CONCORD, N.C. – The all-around administrator of Ford Performance Motorsports would like to see a abutting bearing car in the Cup Alternation and believes “it’s still accessible to do article for 2021.”
During a media breakfast at Ford Performance’s offices in the Charlotte area, Mark Rushbrook said the ascendant championship architect is “definitely in abutment of a new Gen 7 car” and a next-generation agent and powertrain afterwards the abutting car arrives.
NASCAR alien the Gen 6, its best contempo abundance of the Cup car, for the 2013 season. It replaced the Car of Tomorrow, which was phased in over the 2007-08 seasons.
The Gen 6 emphasized assembly roots, authoritative the banal cars attending added like their artery counterparts than they had in years. Ford, which is rolling out a new Mustang to alter the Fusion this year, is gluttonous greater cast identity.
“The things we’re attractive for are alike added artefact appliance or abstruse appliance than what we accept today,” Rushbrook said about the abutting generation. “As abundant as we like that we’ve fabricated the new car attending like a Mustang, we’d like the adeptness to do more. We’d like to see a few changes on the alfresco of the car. Nothing major. But a few changes beneath the car for a little bit of abstruse relevance.
“We appetite to accomplish abiding we can accumulate application our abstruse accoutrement and acquirements like today. We don’t appetite to lose that with any changes. That’s the appropriate footfall for the action to booty to get a new car in those altered areas.”
Tommy Joseph, who spearheaded the development of the Mustang as an aerodynamics administrator for Ford Performance, believes NASCAR could attending at altering the roofline and greenhouse appearance to added of a fastback appearance now that two of the three Cup models are coupes (Chevrolet runs the Camaro; Toyota has the Camry).
Joseph said he hasn’t met with NASCAR admiral and manufacturers about the Gen 7 yet but is acquisitive to alpha the process.
“We’re accommodating to advice NASCAR, forth with the added OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), as abundant as they can and as abundant as they acquiesce us,” Joseph said. “It’s important everybody cooperates. It’s acutely difficult for anybody to go it abandoned or for NASCAR to go it alone. They charge the advice and abutment that OEMs like us can provide. And it’s important for all OEMs to accede on what’s the best for the action in agreement of car architecture, design, rules enforcement.
“As anon as they’re accessible to get into the aerodynamic and abstruse field, we’re accessible to advice as abundant as we can. For sure, if it’s slated for 2021-22, we charge to alpha now.”
Once the new archetypal is finished, the powertrain and agent would be next, Rushbrook said, admitting Ford doesn’t necessarily appetite the agent to be as production-based.
“We like the way the rules are structured today because it does actualize a akin arena acreage that allows you to attempt anon with added manufacturers on the architectonics of the engine,” Rushbrook said. “The affair we accept with a production-based agent is anybody will accept a altered assembly engine, and that leads to Balance of Performance formulas.”
Balance of Performance formulas are acclimated in added alternation such as IMSA, application regulations and restrictions to advice anticipate manufacturers from accepting an arbitrary aggressive advantage.
Rushbrook said a anatomy of the aged V8 pushrod agent still could be a allotment of the agent of the future.
“With the agent blueprint today, we get a lot of abstruse acquirements and relevance,” he said. “So alike admitting we don’t use those exact aforementioned parts, we’re acquirements every day from our NASCAR agent affairs in agency that advice alike our 4-cylinder EcoBoost engines (in commuter cars).
“From things we apprentice in NASCAR, we still get that abstruse appliance and acquirements that agency a lot to our company. We still advertise a lot of V8s in our trucks, and we advertise a lot of trucks to NASCAR fans. Appropriate now we don’t anticipate it needs to change.”
Doug Yates, CEO of Roush Yates Engines that food Ford teams in NASCAR, said he additionally would like to abstain Balance of Performance but add some production-based elements beneath the hood.
“The admirers adulation the complete of V8s,” Yates said. “That’s important to (NASCAR CEO) Jim France. There’s a lot of assembly V8s we could booty and race. We aloof charge to assignment together. It’s a circuitous question. It’s not an accessible one to solve, but it’s account spending time and activity on it.
“I anticipate Gen 7 car is Footfall 1, and the new agent and powertrain is accompanying with that. But we accept to abide to move the brawl forward. We accept to do it in a way that’s added able for the teams and accomplish abiding they’re advantageous and advice allure new teams and OEMs.”
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