Dodge Charger Daytona vs. Stock Charger vs. Hellcat: Wind Tunnel

Ever wondered how effective the nose cones and spoilers on those iconic 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona “aero warriors” really were? We set up a comparison between a 1969 Dodge Charger Hemi; an authentic stock Charger Daytona; and, just for the heck of it, a 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat. Here’s what we found out.

Back in the late 1960s dodge needed to find a way to get more speed out of their stock charger race cars to turn their fortunes around on nascar super speedways so the dodge engineers began experimenting with some aerodynamic add-ons and what they came up with was this the 1969 dodge charger daytona and it’s crazy 18 inch pointed nose cone and massive two foot tall

Spoiler the look was outrageous but it worked the daytona won its first ever nascar race and went on to help dodge dominate the nascar circuit over the next two seasons and in may 1970 it became the first stock car to break the 200 miles an hour barrier on a closed course at talladega what we want to find out today is just how well that crazy aero kit actually worked

So we brought this funky disco red and white charger daytona with us to the ace speed labs wind tunnel in oshawa ontario for comparison we’ve also brought along a stock 69 dodge charger and a 2015 charger hellcat and we’re going to put all three through the paces inside the ace speed labs wind tunnel well we’re going to be looking at is front and rear lift and drag

Those would be the main ones well the problem areas were actually close separation over the front end of the hood you can see that it’s there and that’s pending to give it lift and should be pretty pointing down there is some flow separation off the a-pillars which in that year they were called drips out and they’re just protuberances that caused flow separation

Head strikes that’s not the shape of the rear the rear glass is actually inward so the whole separate we’re looking at some of this home flow and you can see it literally tears off from the top and never reattached so that’s a big source of drag this downforce on the rear quit ups which means it will be more stable surprising thing was the negative downforce or

Lift in the front was enormous ly reduced which means it’s more stable on the front as well the drag went way down and this is because of the rear windshield angle being now flushed with a flying buttress so that the flow stays intact so that was a huge change the first thing is that the drag is a way down so that means the fuel economy is better second of all the

Left is hugely lower the other thing is on the rear there’s a bit more downforce which was achieved just by simply having a small spoiler on the end so what did we learn today the charger daytona was leaps and bounds ahead of the stock dodge charger while the stock charger may have been a good-looking automobile it wasn’t exactly the most steady car at high speed

The dodge charger daytona with that giant nose cone and giant rear spoiler was a lot more steady when we compared the charger daytona to the hellcat the numbers actually are not far apart of course the charger hellcat looks like a family sedan because it is and it doesn’t need that giant rear ring or nose cone to achieve the kind of speeds that the charger daytona did back in 1969

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Dodge Charger Daytona vs. Stock Charger vs. Hellcat: Wind Tunnel By Autofocus. ca