With the changing points system and the numerous driver storylines coming into the 2011 season, one major new development has gone relatively unnoticed.
For the upcoming season, NASCAR has designed a new nose for the front of its race cars. The new nose is sleeker, sharper, and makes the vehicle look like a totally different race car.
Recently, the people at Joe Gibbs Racing did a very interesting story about the new nose. You can read the full, in-depth story here. But we’ll highlight a few of their big talking points.
The first thing the story talks about is cost. Money is a big factor in any sport, especially NASCAR. With the development of the new nose, teams no longer need to waste time or money adding the metal braces to the front of the car, increasing overall productivity.
The second thing is the splitter which, though still on the cars, is predominantly unnoticeable. The big ugly splitter was a monster that used to cut up tires. The new splitter not only will save tires, but will also be able to withstand trips through the grass without bending or breaking, and overall looks a whole lot nicer.
Third is that the new splitter is designed to stay in place, meaning it shouldn’t hit the race track when drivers are making their laps; even on low air pressure. This will prevent not only damage to the car, but headaches for the driver as well.
Four and five just talk about ventilation and aerodynamic changes. The ventilation will change just slightly, with the subtraction of one grill opening on the front bumper. The aerodynamics are not expected to change much, since NASCAR worked long and hard to make sure that the new nose acted similarly to the old one.
Personally, I feel that the new nose will be a huge improvement. Even if not much changes, the new nose makes the cars look a lot nicer; a lot like the old-generation cars, in fact. With a sleeker design, the new cars are much easier on the eyes.
Hopefully, they look just as good on the track.