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Denny Hamlin Reveals Key Aspect He Wants to Change in Next Gen Cars

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More horsepower, Horsepower. Horsepower. NASCAR drivers have been vocal about the changes made by NASCAR in its Gen 7 cars and that is why it has become the topic of debate for NASCAR teams and veterans nowadays. In fact, dramatic outcomes of races like Bristol where almost every car was struggling for grip also raised the voices of the teams as well as drivers of the tire wear issue. Kevin Harvick posed the question regarding the change he wants to make in new cars compared to old cars and the JGR driver expressed his views.

However, NASCAR is cautious about adding horsepower. Their Chief Racing Development Officer cites two main concerns which are talked about further in the article.

Denny Hamlin uncovers the change he needs in new cars

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Denny Hamlin, a seasoned NASCAR driver, has adapted his driving style to the Next Gen car, which presents new challenges on the track. In the past, Hamlin was known for his intricate footwork, deftly dancing between the pedals, constantly adjusting the throttle.

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However, with the Next Gen cars, characterized by their heavy drag and reduced acceleration, Hamlin has had to ease off the brakes more than he preferred. It’s a delicate balance—less reliance on braking and more emphasis on maintaining momentum to navigate the twists and turns of the racecourse.

NASCAR Insider explains why they can’t add more horsepower

Increasing horsepower would require significant investments in engine development and related components.

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NASCAR Chief Racing Development Officer John Probst said, “If you add the horsepower, you add the cost, then you see if it is better. There’s no guarantee you get there, and it would be any better. And I think there’s some evidence that shows as we add horsepower, they run further apart.”

There’s no guarantee that more horsepower would lead to better racing. Some evidence suggests that as horsepower increases, cars tend to spread out on the track. The Next-Gen car has already undergone extensive work to manage excessive heat. Additional horsepower would necessitate further research on handling heat.

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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