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Old 03-01-07, 04:15 AM
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Could someone explain to me what the Car of Tomorrow is?

I'm not the biggest NASCAR fan, so whats up?

What is this Car of Tomorrow and what makes it so 'tomorrow?'
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From Nascar.com:

SAFETY FEATURES

The Car of Tomorrow was built primarily with safety in mind.

Double frame rail on the driver's side with steel plating on the outside of the roll cage door bars to help prevent intrusion during impacts.

Energy-absorbing materials installed between the roll-cage door bars and door panels.

Enlarged cockpit -- roof is 2 1/2 inches higher and the cockpit is 4 inches wider. The driver also is up to 4 inches to the right of where he currently sits.

Increased strength in the floorboard.

An enclosed 360-degree steel containment tunnel for the drive shaft.

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE

During the development process, NASCAR also discovered ways in which the Car of Tomorrow could improve competition with a pair of unique aerodynamic pieces that teams may adjust at the track.

Rear Wing

The rear wing is an adjustable aerodynamic feature that provides better balance and control in traffic. It replaces the rear spoiler.

The rear wing reduces turbulent air behind the car.Rear wing enables trail car to race in "cleaner" air and promotes more passing.

The rear wing angle adjusts between 0-16 degrees, enabling teams to change rear downforce to suit individual drivers and tracks.

Various combinations and adjustments to sideforce-generating end plates and flat end plates allow for further at-track adjustments.

Front Splitter

Teams can adjust the exposed portion of the front splitter fore and aft from 4-6 inches to impact downforce and aerodynamic balance.

The front splitter is another element to achieve the aerodynamic balance that setup, driver or the track's changing conditions might dictate.

The adjustable front splitter enables teams to tune the front downforce to suit individual drivers and tracks.

The front and rear bumper heights have been equalized so they will be aligned if impact occurs.

COST EFFICIENCY

With the adjustable rear wing and front splitter along with a more defined body and chassis inspection process, teams will not need to build track-specific racecars and will therefore enable teams to be more cost-efficient.

By using a more refined body and chassis measurement process, the need for track-specific car configurations is reduced.

By providing the race teams a "blueprint" to build chassis and bodies, teams should be able to reduce the amount of time necessary to fabricate cars.

MANUFACTURER IDENTITY

The Car of Tomorrow design has enabled manufacturers to have an increased product and branding opportunity with the Chevrolet Impala SS, Dodge Avenger, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry.

NASCAR has improved the ability for manufacturers to retain their car identity by maintaining many of the characteristics of their production cars, such as front nose, grill, hood, window panels and headlights.

The Car of Tomorrow will more resemble a manufacturer's production car than does the current racecar.

Through input from team owners, NASCAR has implemented a multiple-year rollout schedule for the Car of Tomorrow to race in its Nextel Cup Series.

In 2007, the Car of Tomorrow will race 16 times -- 13 times at ovals less than 1.5 miles, plus the two road-course events at Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International and the fall race at the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway.
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The Car of Tomorrow is what you'll drive while living in the City of Tomorrow to get from the House of Tomorrow to the Office of Tomorrow (or School of Tomorrow) while fleeing flying robots from the World of Tomorrow who are trying to knock over the cool Tower of Tomorrow that you constructed employing Science of Tomorrow with the help of the Lego Builders of Tomorrow.

Tomorrow is getting old.
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Originally Posted by kenbuzz
The Car of Tomorrow is what you'll drive while living in the City of Tomorrow to get from the House of Tomorrow to the Office of Tomorrow (or School of Tomorrow) while fleeing flying robots from the World of Tomorrow who are trying to knock over the cool Tower of Tomorrow that you constructed employing Science of Tomorrow with the help of the Lego Builders of Tomorrow.
As long as I can have my meals prepared by "Chef of the Future"......
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Some of the drivers have issues with this car. Dale jr brought up during speedweek what happens if you bump draft and break one of the pieces on the front. Is nascar gonna black flag you and make you pit to fixit.
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At the test there were a couple of crashes, Burton and another, and the cars got wrecked much worse then the car of today.
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Casey Mears said today that drivers say there is less grip, control issues, hard to pass, and he doesn't enjoy driving.
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Casey Mears said today that drivers say there is less grip, control issues, hard to pass, and he doesn't enjoy driving.
Ummm, isn't that one of the reasons for going to this car? To improve the side by side racing and passing.
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Originally Posted by Spicollidriver1
Some of the drivers have issues with this car. Dale jr brought up during speedweek what happens if you bump draft and break one of the pieces on the front. Is nascar gonna black flag you and make you pit to fixit.


"Talkin 'bout dang ole' bump draftin' man."

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