What's a fresh face worth? A lot when you're talking about NASCAR. Because the styling is about all that links a stock car to the production vehicle it's made to mirror. And for Ford, the latest is the new Fusion.

The Blue Oval automaker unveiled the race car "based" on the new Fusion back in January. But at the Roush Fenway Fan Day in Concord, North Carolina, this coming Thursday, fans will get their first chance to see the new stock car in full race livery.

The paint scheme in question bears the red and white colors of Motorcraft, Ford's spare parts division, as it will be raced by the Wood Brothers team in this year's Sprint Cup. But if you can't wait that long and aren't going to be near Concord this week, you can check out the full-size clay mock-up put together by the Ford Design Center in Dearborn in the pair of high-resolution images below.


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      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, it actually has the styling cues of the actual car, instead of stickers...maybe we're seeing a trend going back to the real cars being gutted and raced??
      Scott C. Anderson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Takes me back to the 80s with the Bill Elliot style livery
      SFGiantsFan35
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bond- Jimmy Ray Bond.
      John
      • 2 Years Ago
      To the people crying about the Aston Martin look. I get your point but in Ford's defense, hey owned Aston when they had their most recent styling resurgence.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Camaros, Mustangs, and Challengers need a sport they can compete in that people actually watch. Yeah, they'll run around road courses, but in the USofA nobody cares. I would honestly rather see Caprices and Crown Vics running around in NASCAR than Camrys and Fusions.
        flychinook
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        I would rather see real, actual, available-to-the-consumer cars.
      citidriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford should slap this body on the Mustang platform, luxe out the interior, call it a Cougar and own a market that doesn't exist anymore: a luxury rwd v8 American 2-door. Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, I know, but they are "muscle" cars or "pony" cars, fine. That Caddy coupe? great drivetrain, good looking from the windshield forward only. For that matter, Chrysler should make a 300 2-door as well.
      Devonblue4u
      • 2 Years Ago
      it's about time NASCAR got back to "door slammers". That funny car look they had going on for a coupla decades really sucked. Now if they'd make it like the sixties and do real stock car racing, I'd actually watch a race....
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devonblue4u
        As much as I agree with this, I feel it's only a matter of time until one make starts to dominate the Superspeedways again and everyone else is crying for a common template... again. Also, they've only had a common template in 2003, so it hasn't been a "coupla decades." I mean, they weren't 100% stock prior to 2003, but neither are these cars.
          Duncan1800
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dwight Bynum Jr.
          And then, if NASCAR were smart, they'd do what Super GT does in Japan and "force" competitiveness via ballast, specific rule changes, etc. Leaves it entirely up to the drivers at that point. The way you don't do it, as NASCAR has learned over the past decade (as you correctly point out), is with strict templates that differ only in graphics and make the casual fan ask what the point is supposed to be. With these new bodies, people who only happen to catch the highlights of a stock car race on ESPN can at least say, "Hey - that looks like the car my neighbor just bought. Cool!" and make the connection. Big win for the manufacturers, which is supposed to be the point, right?
        Benjamin Roethig
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Devonblue4u
        The current generation of cars would be unsafe for the drivers, the FWD trains wouldn't be to handle it, and 120mph at Daytona would be about as exciting as a road course.
          Cory Stansbury
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Benjamin Roethig
          So you mean it would be considerably more exciting?
          gtv4rudy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Benjamin Roethig
          I guess you like seeing cars go around and around and around and around and around and around...
      crazydriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      copycat americans!! aston martin look lyk!!
        Larry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crazydriver
        I hope to God you're not Chinese.
      Big Squid
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't wait to get my hands on a new Fusion 2-door coupe at my Ford dealer so I can be just like my favorite stock car driver!
        Duncan1800
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Big Squid
        (Not sure what happened - I meant for that to be a thumbs-up to this comment.) Seriously, though, why couldn't there be a Fusion Coupe? Would Aston Martin claim plagiarism or something? With only four-cylinder powerplants, it would fit nicely under the Mustang and be a good "Euro-style" niche vehicle for those who don't want a muscle car.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait! Those headlights looks like they are only stickers! What's going on here?
      twow007
      • 2 Years Ago
      looks like an american knock off of an austin martin from the front view.
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @twow007
        At least they didn't copy Aston Martin.
      LilCe003
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man Ford can produce that into one sexy coupe. Probe, Cougar, something to go up against the Accord and Altima Coupe?
        ThomasP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LilCe003
        please don't ******* call it either of those. Cougar was butchered to death and the Probe does not deserve to be revived. Fusion coupe will be just fine.
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