Winged Warriors

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Like all of humanity’s best creations, the Dodge Charger Daytona was born out of a lust for going faster. These ‘Aero Warriors’ as they were known, came out of Ford and Chrysler battling for NASCAR supremacy in the late 1960s. First came the ‘69 Ford Torino Talladega, a fastback with a slightly smoothed and rounded nose for better aerodynamic performance. Mopar’s retaliation shot was the ‘69 Charger Daytona, equipped with a fully closed nose cone and a massive wing over the rear axle. The body was smoothed to be as slippery as possible and covers were added over recessed windows and the a-pillars to make them flush with the rest of the bodywork.

At the heart of the Daytona’s aerodynamic bodywork sat a 440 cubic inch Magnum V8, motivating it to become the very first NASCAR competitor to crack 200 mph, achieved at Talladega Superspeedway. For the 1970 championship year the design returned as the Plymouth Road Runner Superbird, complete with a horn that went ‘meep meep’. The fun couldn’t last though. The Aero Warriors were too fast, and NASCAR changed the rules to outlaw the design for the 1971 season.

Posted @Whippstagram on Instagram Wednesday June 22nd.

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Winged Warriors

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