DAYTONA SPEED SECRETS
n The 23-inch-tall rear wing was part of the equation that mitigated the lift-induced high-speed control issues and helped push the Daytona race car to 200 mph in 1970. The wing itself was painted black or white, while the tail stripe with the “DAYTONA” lettering was a decal.
n The steel nose cone provided a dramatic reduction in aero lift, pushing down the Daytona’s coefficient of drag to a reported 0.29, which is better than most contemporary vehicles. The retractable headlamp housings are the only wing-car parts shared with the Plymouth Superbird.
n Plastic front fender scoops covered holes designed to mimic those on race cars that Dodge said were for tire clearance. There is evidence they were actually an aero-enhancing aid that allowed underbody air to exit over the car rather than be forced under it. Fifty years later, cars such as the Camaro ZL1 employ hood vents for the very same reason.