Superbird and Daytona – Everything You Need to Know
The story of the Plymouth Superbird and the Dodge Daytona, two of the craziest cars to ever built. Today, NASCAR may be seen as a spec race driven more by personalities than cars, but back in the ’60s, it truly was “stock car” racing. To win on the track, companies came out with “homologation specials,” production cars built with racing parts to qualify them under competition rules. By the end of the ’60s, wind resistance was becoming the limiting factor for track speeds. Chrysler was being beaten by Ford’s more aerodynamic Torino, so they went all-out with the Daytona and Superbird. Both cars sported a revolutionary pointed fiberglass nose to reduce drag and a tall spoiler to provide downforce at high speeds. Buddy Baker used a Daytona to break the 200 mph barrier in 1970, setting a speed record that would stand for 13 years. The cars dominated the circuit, winning 75% of the races in 1969 and 1970. However, new rules for 1971 restricted “aero” car engines to 300 c.i., making the designs noncompetitive against non-aero cars that could still have engines displacing up to 426 c.i.
Watch this awesome video from Donut Media, in which they bring us back in a time when this two cars were truly beasts among the cars, in their sarcastic, odd and funny way… Hit play button and enjoy!
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