• Nov 2, 2009
Nationwide Series cars testing at Talladega – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've already shown you the new Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger cars that will soon be running in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but Chevy also introduced a new Impala car and Toyota a new Camry. All four new cars were out at Talladega Superspeedway today for some test runs, which gives us our first chance to view the new, more production-like bodies in the revealing light of day.

What we've learned is that all four manufacturers – Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and Toyota – worked with NASCAR to develop the new body types that look markedly more like their production counterparts than cars raced in the upper level Sprint Cup. Those cars, based on the NASCAR Car of Tomorrow chassis, look identical from the bleachers, making the task of identifying your favorite brand practically impossible. Not so with the new Nationwide Series cars. They actually have distinct shapes that clearly communicate which pony car and/or family sedan you're watching race.

We wondered how much these new bodies would affect aerodynamics and give some brands with sleeker designs an edge, and we're told that all four cars are within "three horsepower of drag and just a few pounds of downforce." Those teams that might have an advantage are likely Chevrolet and Toyota, both of which opted to base their cars on family sedans – the Impala and Camry – with sleeker front ends. The Mustang and Challenger cars may suffer a disadvantage when it comes to wind with their more upright and recessed grilles, but Ford and Dodge will surely win the PR war with their iconic pony cars on the track.



[Source: NASCAR]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The Mustang looks HORRIBLE!!! and the Impala? really???...... do you really still make that? FAIL!
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 on Mustang :(
      • 5 Years Ago
      so glad GM did not convert the Camaro!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The cars are as ugly as the races are boring. After 45 years, I watch few races anymore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, the only difference between these cars is the body shell from the middle of the front wheel well forward? That's barely more differentiation than stickers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i think its funny that chevy didnt want them to do this to the camaro,they were the smart ones these cars are ugly.......................
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just as ugly just as useless…
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's putting it mildly...God Nascar is clueless...
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's putting it mildly...God Nascar is clueless...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the Challenger - 1 outta 4 aint bad eh NASCAR?
        That 'Mustang' has a caveman look to it... that's 100% FAIL.
        Don't really care about the Chevy and Toyota.
        "Dude my drivers 'Camry' beat your 'Mustang' " That ought to sell on Monday.
        I'm stopping here - I get too frustrated when I see the absolute pile of left-over crap NASCAR sells to people.

      • 5 Years Ago
      ...Chevrolet and Toyota, both of which opted to base their cars on family sedans – the Impala and Camry...

      For 2010 Toyota has a 2-door what?
      Solara is gone baby gone, but the Yaris might work....lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Impala is a complete joke. Not even close. Why even try anymore, I want stock body lines with a spoiler. Power it by whatever but it has to look stock. I am a Nascar fan and this year I watched two races tops.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I think Chevy really f*cked this one up ! they knew damn well that ford and chrysler were trying to change and resemble a muscle car, albeit trying , and they stuck with the Impala ? and that don't even look like a street Impala ! it just got better graphics, but not by much, it actually doesn't resemble any car i ever seen on the streets, I agree they should have gone with a malibu seeing for some reason they dont wanna use the Camaro...... just plain stupid !!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Camry looks the coolest, the Challenger looks pretty cool and the closest to the original car, the Impala looks like a typical NASCAR car, and damn who slapped the Mustang?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. I can forgive GM for not using a Camaro (OK, maybe not), but why not the Malibu (at least) instead of Grandma's Impala.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Simple there currently is no Super Sport Malibu, even the Camry has a "sports" model that would benefit from Nascar representation.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You lose for thinking that the NASCAR version of the Camry is based off the normal refrigerator Camry, nor do I have any heart for a Toyota other than the Supra, MR2, and LF-A, and the Mustang is my favorite car. What I'm saying is that the NASCAR version of the Mustang is hideous, look at it and tell me it's good looking. The Impala looks like what all the NASCAR Chevy's look like, the Challenger is a little weirder looking than the normal but looks the closest to its original model. Stop with your redneck remarks and get in the real world, there's no such thing as a 750+ hp refrigerator in NASCAR. And what about the Fusion, that's a refrigerator that competes against the Camry but also becomes a beast on the track. Get over your self.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You lose, automatically, simply for saying the Camry looks good.

        Would you say a refrigerator looks cool? No, you wouldn't, because appliances don't look cool. Neither do NASCAR bodied cars based on appliances.

        End of story.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Joe the jackass says it's the end of story. Thanks for letting us know when the sun rises and sets Joe. I thank god every day for you and your neverending words of wisdom.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh and same goes for the fleet/grandma car Impala and older Taurus.
      daltonlobo
      • 5 Years Ago
      How is it possible that the challenger can run? don't the recessed fake headlamps slow down the car aerodnamically?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @daltonlobo
        I recall reading an article in NYT's sunday automotive section about how the first time Chrsyler put a full-sized model in a wind tunnel the hood blew off and destroyed the front end and they wound up having to make subtle changes the front end so it would still resemble the concept.

        So I'm thinking that yes that fake grille is going to hurt the Challenger's aerodynamics.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @daltonlobo
        I'm wondering the same thing. With that said, I think the Challenger looks pretty damn good and I bleed blue.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still stand by my other comment about these cars. NASCAR isn't racing, it's WWE on wheels. Yeah the driving isn't easy, the cars are pretty amazing for what they work with. But NASCAR is rigged, and has been for years. Rules only apply to certain people and teams, whichever ones make NASCAR the most money. Fans of that series aren't real race fans either, they only know one form of racing and this is it. 99.9999999999% of people that watch NASCAR don't watch any other form or series of racing and it's really frustrating to go to work and have no one to have a good discussion about the weekends races. It's all about Junior, or Jimmie Johnson. Even SpeedTV has become almost not worth paying for cramming 23 hours of NASCAR coverage in one day.

      This coming from a former fan of the series. I used to love it, until it became about money rather than the racing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hate the current state of NASCAR also, but rigged...Are you kidding? If that was the case as you state it then JR. would be at least in the chase instead of the backmarker that he is.
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