Dodge developed the Charger Daytona at the height of NASCAR’s ‘aero war’. The Charger Daytona was the most extreme example of the four aerodynamically enhanced NASCAR cars Ford and Chrysler cooked up in 1969 and 1970, but how slippery was the outlandish Charger Daytona really?
To find out, Canada’s AutoFocus.ca took a standard 1969 Charger R/T and a 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona to a wind tunnel to have the vehicles’ drag coefficiency measured. For curiosity’s sake, they also brought along a Dodge Charger Hellcat, which is actually more aerodynamic than the Challenger Hellcat and,just like Charlie Glotzbach’s 1969 NASCAR Charger Daytona, can hit 200 mph with relative ease.
We’ll let you watch the video to find out the true results, but it’s likely that you already knew the Charger Daytona’s various aero add ons, especially its pointed front bumper, did help to make it faster. They also helped make it easier to drive fast, with the front bumper reducing front end lift and the huge rear wing aiding in rear end stability.
Check out the win tunnel tests in the video above.