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THE REASON WHY NASCAR Banned The Legendary Dodge Charger Daytona

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In 2022, the Dodge Charger Daytona is really a future EV. In 1969, it had been another thing entirely. That Charger Daytona was a supercar decades before that word arrived to the present day lexicon. It had been designed to do a very important factor: win at NASCAR races.

NASCAR of the 1960s is wildly unique of the mega spectacle it really is today. For just one, stock cars were ones anyone could venture out and buy. These were modified for safety and tuned for racing but were pretty much exactly the same cars you could see in a dealership. NASCAR regulations at that time stipulated that any car found in a race needed to be produced in higher quantities and available for purchase.

Dodge had the theory to have a 1969 Dodge Charger, an already extremely capable muscle car, and squeeze every possible ounce of performance from it. It was built with the legendary 426 cubic inch “Hemi” V8 or 440 cubic inch V8 and given aerodynamic upgrades that could create a Cessna jealous (via MotorBiscuit).

A winged terror

Orange Charger Daytona

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From Talladega to Daytona, the Charger Daytona was a monster for anybody racing against it. It had been the initial stock car going to 200mph on a track.

On the 1969 and 1970 seasons, the aerodynamic Charger won six races. It’s cousin from Plymouth, the Superbird, won eight races (via Motortrend). Ford attemptedto follow up using its own cars, the Ford Torino Talladega and the less-subtly named Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II. These vehicles, making use of their wild aerodynamics were dubbed the “Aero Cars.” And NASCAR didn’t like them one bit.

NASCAR banned the ludicrous wings and nose cones after only a year. The Daytona was just too proficient at racing.

Overall, Dodge made just 503 Charger Daytonas before setting its sights on more pedestrian cars. Nowadays, Charger Daytonas are incredibly rare, and seeing one personally is special. Surviving examplessell for absurd amounts. Even dilapidated barn finds demand huge prices at auction.

Over 50 years later, the Charger Daytona is remembered as a prime exemplory case of function over form. It looked wild and raced enjoy it too.

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