Types of NASCAR Cars


Types of NASCAR Cars

When NASCAR was first formed, stock cars weren’t far different from their road-driven models. But nowadays, there are more significant differences between NASCAR cars and our average road-driven car. For comparison, NASCAR cars typically have:

  • V8 engine with around 800 horsepower
  • Four-speed manual transmission
  • Rear-wheel-drive layout

There are many different car models that are both driven on the road and on the race track, but with different car modifications. Here are a few different car models that used in NASCAR races and how they drive on the road with no modifications:

2019 Ford Mustang

  • 5.0-liter V8 engine with 460 horsepower
  • Six-speed manual transmission (standard)

2018 Toyota Camry

  • 3.5-liter V6 engine with 301 horsepower
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission (standard)

2018 Ford Fusion

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 231 horsepower
  • Six speed-automatic transmission (standard)

The biggest difference between NASCAR cars and their road-driven models is the horsepower. Some have differences of over 500 horsepower, showing how the NASCAR car modifications are extremely important in creating a race-winning car.