Öhlins Racing, a Tenneco business and supplier of racing, rally and off-road suspension technologies, has been selected as the exclusive provider of shock absorbers for the NASCAR Cup Series Next Gen car platform scheduled to debut in 2022, the company announced.
Öhlins will supply to all NASCAR Cup Series teams a five-way adjustable version of the Öhlins TTR coil-over damper also used in the IndyCar Series racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“It is a tremendous honor for Öhlins and Tenneco to join the elite technology providers supporting this revolutionary new racecar,” said Henrik Johansson, vice president and general manager, Tenneco Advanced Suspension Technologies. “Our strong heritage in racing has enabled us to consistently develop cutting-edge technologies with superior quality that help drivers win championships by extending beyond existing performance limits.”
NASCAR’s Next Gen platform, which will be used by all three Cup Series car manufacturers – Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota – includes several design and construction enhancements intended to help increase safety and performance, enable faster chassis setup and reduce carmaker and team costs, the series said. The Next Gen car was unveiled earlier this month and will make its racing debut at the season-opening Daytona 500 on February 20, 2022.
Öhlins TTR dampers were selected for the Next Gen platform following development and testing conducted over the past two years by Öhlins engineers and NASCAR representatives, the company said.