1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was famous for its big spoiler.
Did you ever think about the reason behind this? Let’s find out.
Dodge Charger Daytona’s Accomplishments
Dodge Charger Daytona was a 2 door coupe and it was a modified Dodge Charger. Its name was taken from Daytona Beach Florida since it was the host of the famous Daytona 500.
This car was intentionally made to pursue a title in NASCAR. After its release in summer of 1969, this car eventually won the Talladega 500. Dodge Charger Daytona won several races on NASCAR and during its 1969 to 1970 season, it won a total of 22 races.
Ironically, a Ford Talladega won a race at Daytona and a Dodge Charger Daytona won a race in Talladega in 1969.
This car was famous for its unusual exterior styling. It is one of those aero-cars from the infamous muscle car era. Don’t confuse it with 1970 Plymouth Superbird because these cars have a lot of similarity when it comes to their appearance. Chrysler was already conducting their test with “aero cars” since 1920s but their efforts was only materialized and released in public on 1969.
The Reason Behind Its Unusual Nose And Strange Spoiler
During the run of Dodge Challenger in NASCAR, it frequently goes up in the air like a piece of brick then after the success of the Ford Talladega, engineers found an answer for their Challenger. The Charger Daytona was built like a package for Charger but with a low price. The Dodge Charger Daytona was tested and developed inside a wind tunnel and the first solution that they found was the unusual steel nose. They added this 18-inch steel nose to Charger’s front end to reduce the chances of a liftoff, its weight produced more down force. Aside from that, this steel nose was also designed to cool down the engine on high speed driving.
On the other hand, the massive spoiler behind this car was designed to imitate the effects of a stabilizer behind an airplane. This spoiler also provides a down force and while the engineers are conducting test on this car inside the wind tunnel, they found out that this modifications increased the car’s aerodynamic efficiency.
Further test inside the wind tunnel concludes that this car also improved on its speed. This result was evident when Charger Daytona recorded a 200.447mph at Talladega.
Several engine options was available for this 1969 Charger Daytona, a customer could either get a 440 or the legendary Hemi engine. Customers could also choose from a 4-speed manual transmission or a 3-speed automatic Torqueflite 727.
A Muscle Car Legend
Back in 1969, this car wasn’t a success when it comes to its sales. A lot of people considered this car ugly because of its unusual nose along with its huge rear spoiler. Parking this car was also a nightmare since its design was really not meant for being a daily driver but this perception was changed over the years. Today, this car was rare and it was one of the most sought after by a lot of car collectors.
This car was also featured in various films. In 2013, this car appeared in the movie “Fast and Furious 6”. Although the car that they used in the movie was actually a 1968 to 1970 Charger, this is modified to resemble a 1969 Dodge Daytona. Those cars were only powered by Chevrolet Racing crate motors since it was meant to be destroyed during the film.
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