Dont Call It Ugly

Say what you want about NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow.

Just don’t call it ugly.

True, it may be big and boxy, but the Car of Tomorrow better resembles the cars we drive on the street than the vehicles currently being raced in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

Two of the main objections to the Car of Tomorrow are the splitter on the front end and small wing at the back. While we don’t see splitters on the street, neither do we see the road-hugging protrusion that has replaced the front bumper on the current NEXTEL Cup Series cars. Many current street cars have small wings on the back; I’ve yet to see a huge spoiler on a street car.

Aesthetically, the major improvement with the Car of Tomorrow is that is symmetrical. If you get a good look at one, you’ll see the lines on each side are proportional. Now, look at a current car. It’s very asymmetrical. Your first thought might be that it rolled a few times and was hastily repaired, but, no, that’s how it was built. Over the last few years, the body work has been twisted and turned in every direction, using any allowance in the templates to advantage of information garnered from the wind tunnel.

From the side, the nose is virtually dragging on the ground, with the front jutting out several inches. The back side is pointing high in the air. Looking from the rear, the roof slopes down to the right, while the rear bumper is canted down to the left. Now, check the front. The right-front of the windshield is almost straight up; on the left, it slopes to the right. While the left-side headlight decal is in the proper position at the corner of the car, the right-side headlight is moved several inches to the left, creating an ugly budge over the left fender. Then, the grill is slightly off-center to the left.

With the Car of Tomorrow, the bumpers are parallel to the ground and the body work, roofline and headlight decals are symmetrical.

That’s just as it should be.

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