Dodge Charger: Charging Its Way To Victory
The Old, Legendary Muscle
NASCAR, as we know it, involves high speed adrenaline and tons of critical crashes. While some can be rather skeptical about its appeal, no one can deny that it has garnered a huge fan base. This racing series has brought us many memorial cars throughout the decades.
Enter the Dodge Charger in the 1960s. During its humble beginnings, it fell short of its competition. Charger’s exterior design limited its performance: its wide front grille created huge drag and its rear design caused a lot of lift. The design was definitely not doing the job in high-speed racing.
However, in 1969, Dodge released the Charger Daytona. Daytona charged ahead of its predecessor having made major improvements in aerodynamics. It featured a sleek nose cone at the front of the body and a rear wing... a huge rear wing. Fun fact: it was said that this car was developed with the aid of Chrysler’s missile division, a division that aids the US military.
The Charger Daytona’s first race debut was at the Talladega 500, and lo and behold, it won first place. This legendary Charger Daytona is also known as the first car to ever reach the speed of more than 200mph (roughly 322 kilometers per hour). Having great success with the Charger Daytona, Chrysler developed a sister car: the Plymouth Superbird. The Plymouth Superbird also had a successful run with famed NASCAR driver Richard Petty behind the wheels.