Formerly known as "The Car Of Tomorrow". Over the past couple of years, a lot has changed in the world of stock car racing, and thankfully, a lot hasn't. While the safety features of these cars have seen a lot of improvement, the goal has remained the same: SPEED. Lots of speed. The cars are still capable of 200+ MPH, but the drivers can still walk away, even after the worst of crashes. Simply put, the COT is the safest racecar in the world. Anybody who disagrees needs to watch the videos at the end of this page.
About this creation
The chassis. Both of the exhaust pipes are on the right side of the car, to keep the heat away from the driver.
One thing that hasn't changed a lot is the interior. It still lacks the leather seats and the XM radio. And the cupholders. And the GPS. And the...
What?! Oh, yeah. Uh, moving right along....
There haven't been many changes under the hood, either.
The engine sits a little further back than it used to, and it puts out about fifty more horsepower than the old one. That brings the total horsepower up to 850. Uh, vroom?
Another big change is the spoiler. This is the first time there's been an actual wing on a NASCAR racer since the Dodge Charger Datyona. But after recent tests, NASCAR officials learned that the old spoiler supplies more downforce than the current wing.
That's right! NASCAR is going to switch back over to the old spoiler this year!
There's also been some minor changes to the fuel tank, which I'll explain after the next photo.
Now the fuel tank features a valve that seals the tank shut if the car flips over. This keeps the fuel from leaking, which reduces the risk of fire.
Side-by-side with a diecast COT. (Jeff Gordon's car, of course!) One thing that I think needs improvement is the front splitter. I'd like to include the support pins sometime.
Hey, is that a Megabloks brick.... ON THE EDGE OF A CLIFF?!?!
"This is madness!"
"Madness?!... THIS... IS... SPARTA!!!"
Well, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey,
"You know.. The rrrrrest of the story."
And now, watch as these drivers walk away unharmed from some of the most violent crashes in recent NASCAR history. Or watch if you're one of those strange people who only watches NASCAR for the wrecks.
And no, this isn't a model of Ryan Newman's car. Thirty-nine is still my unlucky number.
hey nate, i think you should try your hand at a nationwide car? i don't blame ya if you don't want to i mean the front is such a weird shape. oh and i can't stop watching Michael's crash at the end, it's insane how many times he flips. catch ya
Another excellent build here, Nate! The body shape is very accurate. I think that the numbers on the side are my favorite detail... Or maybe your signature exhaust pipes: can't decide which :) My only suggestions would be to make the fins on the wing a touch smaller, and to try and use plating for the lower lip instead of SNOT, so that it want be so thick. Other than that, great work here! PS - I have another 10 coming, also a race car. Just need to take pictures.
Quoting Ape Fight One thing I don't understand about Nascar is the 'manufacturers' involved - aren't all the cars and engines the same?
Only a few parts on these cars are built by the manufacturers, like the nose, the hood, the trunk lid, etc. The rest of the car is built by the race team, including the engine. They can make all the adjustments they need, as long as they follow the rules issued by NASCAR. The adjustments depend on how comfortable the driver is with the car, and also which track they're racing at. I guess you can say the manufacturer is more of a title sponsor. I hope this answers your question. Also, I appreciate everyone's comments, and I certainly hope you'll stay tuned for more!