• Nov 8, 2010
2011 Dodge Charger stock car – Click above for high-res image

Boy, they ain't kiddin' when they call a stock car a stock car. You can call it a Ford, a Chevy, a Dodge or even a Toyota... they all look pretty much identical. Except the nose. That's where on "manufacturer" differentiates its cars from the others and lets you know what's sittin' under the hood.

For Dodge's part, they label theirs as a Charger. And with NASCAR introducing a slightly lower nose on the Sprint Cup racers for next season, Dodge found a perfect opportunity to bring the look of their stock cars in line with the new production Charger. The work was carried out in conjunction with Penske Racing, one of only two teams racing Dodge engines this season.

You can check out the solitary image of the 2011 Dodge Charger stock car – whose new mug our own John Neff likens to the grimace that follows a sip of unsweetened lemonade – by clicking here or on the image above, and the statement after the jump, but don't blink or you just might miss it.

[Source: Dodge]
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New Dodge Charger Nose Approved by NASCAR for 2011 Season

November 5, 2010 , AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The new Dodge Charger nose has been approved by NASCAR for the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season. The development of the Charger nose has been a cooperative effort by Dodge Motorsports Engineering and Penske Racing and gives Dodge better brand identify for the Charger while remaining within the NASCAR approval process.

"With the introduction of the all-new 2011 Dodge Charger for the street, we worked closely with Penske Racing to develop the Dodge brand identity while maintaining neutral aerodynamics within the NASCAR rules," said Dave Bailey, Senior Manager of Dodge Motorsports Engineering. "Coupled with NASCAR's new common lower nose for 2011, the revised front end carries the image and character of the Charger forward in true Dodge performance fashion."


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey mopar purist there is your real two door charger so stop cryin!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      And it's just as lame as ever. Way to go, Brian France - drive that gravy train off the cliff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Manufacturer distinction I can understand, but why the Charger moniker and not the Challenger? Simply to drum up sales/interest? The Challenger names (at least to me) *seems* more apropos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It still looks like a hairy butt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just like how every other commentor singles out NASCAR for having cookie cutter cars that aren't related to their production counterparts...

      Aussie V8s - Body shells built to fit one specific chassis provided by Aussie V8's sanctioning body. The only thing related to their production counterparts are the headlights, tail lights, and engines. Next year or the year after results in all cars powered by 1 engine from 1 specific engine manufacturer not from Holden or Ford.

      DTM - Same as above. Body shells built around 1 specific chassis powered by engines built by the manufacturers, but not powering their road cars or providing prototyping for technology going into their production cars.

      Rolex Grand Am GT - All cars (except for Porsches) built on tubed chassis and powered by engines that haven't powered production cars since 3 or 4 years ago.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Hurr look at me I'm a fish!"

      One of those flat fishes with funny eyes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      gotta luv those fake grills and lights.

      What a farce NASCAR is. All the cars are the same except for the decals.

      Forget about calling them Camry, Charger and Fusion, why don't they just call them Toyota, Ford and Dodge, they have nothing in common with the road car. At least the Touring Sedan series actually use a real shell of the car and have to keep the drive configuration (FWD or RWD)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I swear, If NASCAR goes back to racing STOCK cars and moves up to a mix of 50/50 ovals and road courses, I swear I will start watching.

        God knows I can't believe I pay extra to get speed when 90% of the time NASCAR is on which I don't watch.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Better than that, since the only thing separating the cars is the decals why not have each race be a "theme" race? You could have an "Under The Seas" race where they're decorated up like dolphins and sharks and squids and stuff, then another one could be "A Day At The Track" where they all have stickers that make them look like German Shepherds and Greyhounds and whatnot. The possibilities and commercial tie-ins are endless. Come on NASCAR, don't limit yourself to only trying to look like automobiles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ pmalloy4391

        while open wheel cars all look similar, Mercedes F1 team is not trying to tell me (err fool me) that their race car is a C-class or Ferrari does not call their car a 458.

        Not sure how Toyota Camry Nascar is even remotely related to their street car starting with the RWD carburetored V8 and solid axle rear suspension

        And while we are on the topic, under the shell are the Nascar Truck series any different than the cars? They have great fake decals as well.

        Maybe these cars fool the people south of the Mason Dixon line as the same ones in the dealership :) I am joking
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree 100%. NASCAR really needs to go back to it's roots and start using real cars again. Until they do that I have absolutely no interest in watching
      • 4 Years Ago
      NASCAR please die.

      Sincerely everyone
        • 4 Years Ago
        And Gruv pops in with his utter ignorance again...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Everyone? So you speak for everybody now? Does that mean you speak for loyal NASCAR fans, too? Because they are apart of that "everyone" you speak of.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a joke. A "serious" racing series that resorts to placing stickers of grills and headlights onto their cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't watch any racing. But you know what I would watch? Real cars, that I could buy from a dealership, racing. That would be cool.

      This though? Who gives a #$%
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is anyone fooled by those decals? Will anyone actually believe that is a Charger?
      • 4 Years Ago
      while maintaining neutral aerodynamics within the NASCAR rules,"

      apart from nascar mandates, there are reasons nascar does not run cars with shells of street cars like touring series why because a crash like this

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3VLkAK5CsI

      would look like a crash like this

      : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9DLdxC34Y4&feature=fvst

      times twice or 3 times the speed as that happened at places like Talladega and Daytona, so im cool with this altho i wouldn't mind and even prefer that they didn't use stock car names

      but in interviews now they mostly use manufacturer names in speeches and wining interviews


        • 4 Years Ago
        Why, exactly, can't NASCAR copy BTCC / DTM / JGTC and incorporate actual production bodyskins?

        Are you saying that good old-fashioned Yankee ingenuity is inferior to British, German and Japanese capability?

        Is there some reason we can't copy things that actually work elsewhere in the world?
        • 4 Years Ago
        as i already stated, nascar body panels are for keeping aero packages close and when i say close i mean too the 100th of inches thats why they mostly look alike as for making shells that have actual grills and headlights those could be explained by the fact that it would be too dangerous for the crowd mainly at oval tracks if an accident were to happen and the objects fly off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um John H., DTM doesn't use production body shells, nor does SuperGT.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My point was that, when you look at a sticker-less DTM / JGTC / BTCC car, it actually looks like a BMW / Audi / Benz / whatever because the body has a skin that actually matches part of the production car, rather than being a generic body with different stickers.
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