By Patrick Rall
This past weekend, SRT Motorsports (formerly Dodge
Motorsports) used the NASCAR stop in Las Vegas to unveil the 2013 Dodge Charger
Sprint Cup car. Thanks to the lighter
restrictions on race car body design by NASCAR, the SRT team was able to design
a Sprint Cup car that actually looks like the gorgeous 2012 Charger driving around
American roads–especially across the front end and sides.
First off, the distinct, aggressive design of the 2012 Dodge
Charger front end is clearly present on the 2013 Charger Sprint Cup car, with
the grille section protruding a bit and holding an actual crosshair grille–not just a decal. Below the crosshair,
we have a functional large central air intake opening with faux foglight
housings on the outer edges of the lower front fascia. The hood also has the scalloping similar to the
current production Charger. Down the sides,
the 2013 Charger Sprint Cup racer features more unique body shaping with the
body lines similar to the road car.
The current and previous Dodge Chargers (or Avengers) in the
NASCAR Sprint Cup have only looked like the road-going vehicles superficially. NASCAR’s attempt to make
things as uniform as possible has forced all of the cars to be shaped so
similar that they all look very much alike, but that will change vastly when the
2013 Dodge Charger debuts next year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
There is no question that the new 2013 Charger stock car
looks amazing. Hopefully, the SRT
Motorsports crew can find someone to drive them.