France confirms horsepower reduction coming to Sprint Cup Series

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France has brought considerable change to the sport in recent years.

NASCAR is planning on making significant engine package changes to extend the life of Sprint Cup powerplants and reduce horsepower. And along with engine changes, there likely will be aerodynamic and tire changes for the Cup cars in the future as well.

That’s the word from NASCAR Vice President of Competition and Racing Development Robin Pemberton, which was confirmed on Tuesday by NASCAR Chairman Brian France in an interview with Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.

In an exclusive interview with on March 22 at Auto Club Speedway, Pemberton said the sanctioning body has had four meetings so far with representatives from Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota and race teams  about how to implement those changes. No consensus has been reached yet, according to Pemberton, but discussions are ongoing in advance of making the changes. 

Although Pemberton declined to specify how many horsepower NASCAR is looking to cut, sources familiar with the discussions said the reduction would be in the neighborhood of 75 to 100 horsepower. Currently, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series engines make about 860-900 horsepower at most tracks.

Check out Tom Jensen’s full story on the proposed engine changes and listen to France’s comments in the following video clip: