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NASCAR race car cost breakdown

At some point after watching NASCAR races, you may start fantasizing about getting behind the wheel of these lightning-fast automobiles and being a racer someday. However, you might be put off by the steep asking prices of these types of super-fast cars. So what should be your budget regarding stock cars for sale? In this article, we break down the cost of Auckland stock cars so you have a better idea of how much you should be armed with before you hit those oval tracks at the Daytona International Speedway.

A Breakdown of Costs

NASCAR racing automobiles are a bit pricey. On average, you should expect to pay between $200,000 and $400,000 for a built-up car. The cost-cutting will depend on the budget of the various sponsors and race teams. Here is our breakdown of Auckland stock cars.

NASCAR car engine cost

An engine is the single most expensive component of a race car. It costs anywhere between $60,000 and $150,000. If you factor in additional upgrades, you can part with a further $40,000. 

The NASCAR official rules limit the engine size to 358 cubic inches or 5,867 cubic centimetres. The idea is to control the horsepower that can be produced by the engine and hence limiting the speed of race cars taking part in NASCAR competitions.

On supersonic tracks like Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway, these NASCAR-specific stock cars for sale not only exceed the 322 km/hr speed limit but are also designed to generate as high power output from the V8 engines that they have.

The top sources of engines for NASCAR are Earnhardt Childress Racing, Toyota Racing Development, and Hendrick Motorsports. 


The next very important aspect of Auckland stock cars is their tires. These cars don’t have many similarities to normal car tires. For starters, these cars are treadles. This fact is to enable them to grip the road surface a lot easier. Another thing that makes them different from ordinary tires is that they are wider (roughly 11 inches or 28 centimetres.) The tires are each handmade from payers upon layers of rubberized material toughened with rubber-coated steel cables known as beads. Because of their special nature, they don’t come cheap. Expect to shell between $350 and $450 for a single tire.

But racing teams do not buy their tires. Instead, they have them leased from Goodyear, which is the official tire company that supplies NASCAR on each race day. Each racing team can lease up to 16 sets of 4 tire sets. When you work out, each NASCAR Sprint Cup team will need to set aside about $20,000 on just tires for each race.

Insurance Cost 

If there should be any damage to parts like drive shafts, bearings, axles, suspension parts, and cooling system cost tens of thousands of dollars. Expect to pay about $30,000 to $50,000.

At full speed, any kind of contact with another car can result in a severe impact and damage to the body. Sometimes, the damage can spread to the engine and interfere with the internal system of the car. It is for this reason that NASCAR teams are required to sign insurances to safeguard them against such occurrences. That is because the price of a vehicle alone is in the region of $400,000.

Chassis Cost

Also called the body, a NASCAR race car chassis is designed for ultimate safety and aerodynamics, and not necessarily comfort. The car only has the driver’s seat and has no headlights or brake lights. Similarly, it doesn’t have a gas gauge or speedometer. Their doors even don’t open.

Essential components of stock cars for sale and parts such as rotors and brakes will set you back by about $20,000 if not more. If you are interested in buying a new chassis or stock car that you can customize and upgrade, you should prepare to part with $70,000 to $120,000. 

The areas where you can save on stock cars for sale are gas gauge, speedometer, doors, and headlights or brake lights.

How do Race Teams Meet these costs?

You only need to look at one NASCAR Sprint Cup car and you will immediately see who’s in charge of the super-engineered beauty of Auckland stock cars. Usually, their names are emblazoned on every part of the race car, whether it is the doors, the hood, and also the rare bumper. Every single real estate advertised on a NASCAR speed car is for sale. Even if you are looking for the best stock cars for sale, you will find that advert. The advertisers are the venerable sponsors of NASCAR, without which it would never be possible to witness any of the high-speed excitement we have come to associate with this sport.

A sizeable chunk of fortune 500 companies, 130 to be precise, sponsor NASCAR. This includes the crème de la crème of Fortune 500 companies like Craftsman Tools, Budweiser, Tylenol, and Office Depot to mention but a few.

Big corporations scramble to be the main sponsor of Sprint Cup race teams and often pay over $20 million to secure long-term contracts with these racers. Being the primary sponsor entitles these companies to prime ad spots on the pit crew uniforms, driver’s crew uniforms, and on the car’s hood. Most importantly, the sponsors get unlimited use of the car and the driver for print, electronic, and radio ads. There are also associate or secondary sponsors.

Not only do corporate sponsors pay for the cost of stock cars for sale, but also contribute to the kitty for research and development. Sponsors may cover up to 70% of the entire infrastructure costs. The remaining 30% is paid for by the proceeds they get from the race, as well as other endorsements.


At New Zealand Cars, we have stock cars for sale for whatever race. Moreover, we have the guaranteed best prices for NASCAR race cars. If you would like to talk to our representative and find out more about our Auckland stock cars, you only need to give us a call. Our customer service ninjas are always on standby to answer all your questions.

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