Nearly two years in the making, the 2013 Generation-6 Sprint Cup cars more closely resemble those found on the showroom floor, with eye-catching bodylines and stylish features giving each model its distinctive appearance.
With safety in mind, additions of forward roof bar and center roof support bar to the roll cage reinforce integrity and increase the crush structure of the roof. Larger roof flaps improve liftoff numbers and decrease the likelihood of the car becoming airborne.
The car’s weight has been reduced by 160 pounds (100 less on right side; 60 pounds on left), and minimum weight of driver has also decreased from 200 to 180 pounds.
In a personal touch of sorts, driver names will be featured on the upper portion of the windshield; sponsor decals and car numbers have been removed from headlight and taillight areas and now appear on front and rear bumpers. Also, a single sponsor logo will be permitted on the roof of the cars.
Manufacturers were given enough leeway so that the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Chevrolet SS stand apart from each other.
The Ford Fusion features a completely redesigned, sleek new silhouette and fresh face. Designers specifically addressed the race car’s proportion to reflect those found in the production Fusion model.
Brand and design cues in the side of the vehicle, along with an identifiable front-end grill both give the race car a distinctive Ford look.