In the late 1960s, Dodge wanted to go fast and win races. And its Charger 500 ...
In the late 1960s, Dodge wanted to go fast and win races. And its Charger 500 wasn’t cutting it in the NASCAR field, though, so the automaker needed to make the change.
You might think some light body changes would do the trick, but you would be wrong. To turn the Charger into the slippery 200-mph machine, some iconic changes would need to come to fruition.
Enter a Charger Daytona. Packing a massive nosecone and the skyscraper-grade rear wing, Dodge had the winning formula on its hands.
How much of the aerodynamic edge does all of that bodywork provide over the standard vehicle? A bunch actually, you can see just how much with some access to the wind tunnel.
YouTube channel TheVideoChef managed to cook up such the setup, and brought both the original standard Charger and the Daytona to the Ace Speedlabs wind tunnel at the University of Ontario to put the vehicles to the test.
Additionally, they brought the Charger Hellcat along for the ride so we can see how a Daytona stacks up against its modern sibling.
As you might imagine, the Daytona has less drag, less front end lift, more downforce than the regular Charger. That bit is certainly not surprising, it helps make sense of the 200-mph run that Dodge was able to lay down with its Daytona back in the day.
What is more interesting is just how closely the modern Hellcat falls in step with a classically cool Daytona. There’s no need for that massive clean-air seeking wing on a Hellcat. Instead, it makes use of the smaller rear spoiler to achieve similar downforce results. Aerodynamics have come the long way in the last 47 years.
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