We can't wait to see it up against the Toyota Tundra and Chevy Silverado racers.
Toyota has just revealed its new truck for the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and it looks very similar to the roadgoing version of the pickup. Now it's Ford's turn with the F-150, having already revealed its Mustang GT500 Cup car earlier in the year alongside Chevy's Camaro ZL1 Cup car.
Like the Toyota Tundra, the new Ford race truck has been designed to look more like the production vehicle than ever before, but as you'd expect from a race-winning team, there's a lot more to it than just its visual appeal. The styling changes implemented here also facilitate enhanced aerodynamic properties to make the new truck more competitive.
The design of the new truck was carried out at Ford's design center in Dearborn, Michigan as well as at the Ford Performance Technical Center in Concord, North Carolina - the homes of Ford's NASCAR scale model and aero specialists. Extensive development included the use of full-motion simulators, with the end result being an all-new composite nose that looks more like that of the regular F-150, along with newly designed hood and tail areas. Composite materials were used for that hood wherever possible, though the fenders are still made from steel sheet metal.
Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance's global director, says that the team is very proud of the product it has created: "The Ford F-150 is the pride of the Ford truck lineup so we're glad to be able to update the race version to show off the dynamic front end styling that is truly F-150. We can't wait for our teams to get on track with it."
From next season, those teams will get to try out the new design in a competitive environment, with Ford debuting the new machine in competition next February at the Daytona International Speedway on Friday, the 18th. One of the drivers will be Hailie Deegan for David Gilliland Racing, who noted that "the aggressive look of the nose and the other styling changes really mirror the production F-150, and in the process has helped improve some areas such as aerodynamics for us on the track starting next season."