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NASCAR's "car of tomorrow" project was in the beginning about safety, not model -- following the deaths of Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin and Dale Earnhardt.
LAS VEGAS -- Taking the automotive cowl off the 2013 Dodge Charger Cup prototype at Sunday's unveiling was probably the very best thing Howard Comstock and Mark Trostle have carried out in 18 months. In mid-2010, Comstock, supervisor of engineering for Chrysler Group's Avenue and Racing Know-how Motorsports division, and Trostle, head of SRT Motorsports design, had been handed a challenge that seemed almost unimaginable: take the present NASCAR chassis and put some pizzazz again into it. "The original 'car of tomorrow' design is seven years previous, and it's fairly frankly, outdated," Comstock said. "The followers talked about they wanted a automotive that looks like a car, and we took all of these cues and talked about, 'We perceive, so let's get to work.' However it gave it that rear-wheel drive proportion. As soon as we had the proportion, we began putting in the design id from the street car." The roof fastidiously matches the roof of our manufacturing car. Our entrance finish is sort of extra a 'in your face' style. Not solely will the 2013 cars have flared fenders, however within the case of the Charger, scalloped physique panels that match the style of the passenger car. "All of the Cup automobiles have been slab-sided," Comstock said. The flared fenders undoubtedly have functionality. "To me, a race car needs to look planted," Trostle said. "And having those wheel flares exaggerated helps plant the car and make it look aggressive."
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