Gary & Pam Beineke built their 1971(G-Series) wingcars based upon results from a secret wind tunnel test report Chrysler had conducted in early 1970 on the new 71 Dodge and Plymouth B-bodies. No full scale cars were ever built...until now. After building a car they tested the full scale version in the A2 Wind Tunnel. This video shows the smoke testing from that day.
Vintage Test Drive of a 1969 Hemi Dodge Daytona Charger in Quebec Canada
This is a rare video of a 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger with a 426 Hemi engine
being tested flat-out at Mont Tremblant in Quebec Canada by test driver
Jacques Duval. Many people do not realize that the infamous Daytona Charger
was actually more 70 Charger than 69 as it used the fenders and hood from
the upcoming 70 Charger.
AeroDyn & A2 Wind Tunnel
AeroDyn Wind Tunnel is the testing home to the majority of NASCAR race
teams and A2 (little brother) is a general purpose wind tunnel that tests
anything from pro cyclists to NHRA funny cars. Here is a peak of the two
full-scale wind tunnels in this short video and some of the testing that
goes on in each.
Wind Tunnel Test: "43" 1971 Petty Superbird
Gary & Pam Beineke built this race version G-Series Superbird-stable mate
to the K&K Daytona-a next generation, 'what-if' tribute to Petty and the
'71 NASCAR season that never was.
They took the car to Mooresville NC "Race City USA" to test in the A2 Wind
Tunnel. Although a full scale version was never built in 1971 Chrysler
performed wind tunnel development on a 3/8 scale model until NASCAR made a
rule change for the 71 season that would ban the wing cars from
competition. Gary Romberg is the technical director at AeroDyn & A2, and
also one of the original aerodynamicists that worked on the wing cars back
when they were developed at Chrysler. Notes and data from the 3/8 model
were donated to the Wing Warriors Car Club and the Beineke's built their
car based off data results from those wind tunnel tests in the 70's.
Romberg was on hand to see a project he worked on over 40 years ago get
built into a full scale version.
1968 Charger / 1969 Daytona - /BIG MUSCLE Garage
The 1968 Dodge Charger and the 1969 Dodge Daytona. Two cars based off the
same platform with very different personalities. These two old sleds are
different though, 'cause well, they belong to me (your host) and they're
the reason that BIG MUSCLE exists today. These are not show ponies,
cruisers or weekend projects, but two warhorses that have been run in some
of the toughest long distance and performance events in the United States.
Built for reliability, power and performance, they are not technological
marvels, but old school resto-mods that have been updated for one reason
and one reason only - to put smiles on the faces of all those who see them.
Wind Tunnel Superbird
71 Superbird concept car built by Gary and Pam Beineke. See the story of
the "what if" cars they build at www.71wingcars.com
A2 Wind Tunnel Test: All Generations of Corvette C1-C6
See how the Corvette evolved aerodynamically from the early C1 all the way
to the current C6 making the Corvette one of the top performing sports cars
on the road today for the cost. This is a short video of the smoke
sequence performed during a test in the A2 Wind Tunnel in Mooresville NC.
CAC - 1969 Daytona and 1970 Roadrunner
Mark Mooneyhan, of Jacksonville shows us his 1969 Dodge Daytona and 1970
Plymouth Roadrunner Super Bird, cars which he thinks every car enthusiast
should yearn for. Will it be voted as the Coolest American Car?
BJ '09 Pt. 1 Richard Petty Plymouth Superbird $501,000 By Year One GoldBerg
YearOne has teamed up with Richard Petty, Evernham Racing, Musclecar TV and
automaniac Bill Goldberg to create an updated legend— a NASCAR Superbird.
The car was auctioned of for $501,000 at Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale AZ,
all proceeds will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. An additional
$175,000 was donated by non-winning bidders to help the foundation.
Welcome to Murray Country
Machines come and go, usually becoming the victims of human progress..
Murray Markwell of Southern Customs, in Pakenham Melbourne loves his
American Muscle Cars, he also loves having a beer and having a chat. Murray
is a walking talking encyclopedia of information about cars and car
culture. Bandit Films were happy to go along for the ride and film this old
NASCAR behemoth, a true testament to speed, power and money...
Director: Aaron Cuthbert
Director of Photography/ Editing/Colour Grade: Daniel De Silva
Producer/ Photography: Tom Broadhurst
Title: The Outside Man theme music
Composer: Michel Legrand
About the Superbird:
Developed specifically for NASCAR racing, the Superbird, a modified Road
Runner/Belvedere, was Plymouth's follow-on design to the Charger Daytona
fielded by sister company Dodge in the previous season. The Charger 500
version that began the 1969 season was the first American car to be
designed aerodynamically using a wind tunnel and computer analysis, and
later was modified into the Daytona version with nose and tail. The
Superbird's smoothed-out body and nosecone were further refined from that
of the Daytona, and the street version's retractable headlights added
nineteen inches to the Road Runner's original length. The rear spoiler, or
"wing", was mounted on tall vertical struts that put it into less disturbed
air thus increasing the efficiency of the downdraft that it placed upon the
car's rear axle. In street versions, it was designed to provide clearance
for the trunklid to open freely. The rear-facing fender scoops were
incorporated in an effort to ventilate trapped air from the wheel wells in
order to facilitate brake cooling.
A Mopar Orange Plymouth Superbird.
In response, NASCAR's homologation requirement demanded that vehicles to be
raced must be available to the general public and sold through dealerships
in specific minimum numbers. For 1970, NASCAR raised the production
requirement from 500 examples to one for every two manufacturer's dealers
in the United States; in the case of Plymouth, that meant having to build
1,920 Superbirds. Due to increasing emissions regulations, combined with
insurance hikes for high performance cars, 1970 was its only production
"Superbird" decals were placed on the outside edges of the spoiler vertical
struts featuring a picture of the Road Runner cartoon character holding a
racing helmet. A smaller version of the decal appears on the driver side
headlight door. Superbirds had three engine options: the 426 Hemi V8
engine, the 440 Super Commando with a single 4-barrel carburetor, or the
440 Super Commando Six Barrel with three two-barrel carburetors. Only 135
models were fitted with the 426 Hemi. As the 440 was less expensive to
produce, the "Street" version of the 426 Hemi engine used in competition
was homologated by producing the minimum number required.
On the street, the nose cone and wing were very distinctive, but the
aerodynamic improvements hardly made a difference there or on the drag
strip. In fact, the 1970 Road Runner was actually quicker in the quarter
mile and standard acceleration tests due to the increased weight of the
Superbird's nose and wing. Only at speeds in excess of 90 mph (140 km/h)
did the modifications show any benefit.