How the Aerodynamics of the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona COMPARE to a Modern Charger Hellcat

How Does A Dodge Charger Hellcat’s Aerodynamics Stack Up To A 1969 Charger Daytona’s Radical Shape?

The story of the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona is well-known: Ford and Dodge were at each other’s throats in NASCAR racing and had resorted to aerodynamic tricks in order to gain an edge on the other.

The wildest of these creations was the Charger Daytona and it’s Plymouth sibling, the Road Runner Superbird. With 18-inch nose cones that tapered off into a point and two-foot-tall rear spoilers with an adjustable wing, the Wing Cars were polarizing, but more important, functional, with Buddy Baker taking a Charger Daytona race car to 200 miles an hour, breaking the record at Talladega in 1970.

……To this day it is still one of the most visually iconic shapes to have ever come out of an automotive shop, and while it may unpopular in street form back in the day, the Daytona and Superbird’s racing pedigree was ironclad. But just how good were the aerodynamic improvements over the standard 1969 Dodge Charger, and how does the winged wonder stand up compared to a new Dodge Charger Hellcat?

To find out, the three cars were taken to the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology’s wind tunnel for testing purposes. We know that the standard 1969 Charger was a brick, and that the Charger Hellcat is aerodynamically sound pushing fifty years later isn’t that big of a surprise.

But where does the Daytona sit in all of this? Hit play below to find out.


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