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Could a Plymouth Superbird Beat a Modern NASCAR Camaro at Daytona?

Could a Plymouth Superbird Beat a Modern NASCAR Camaro at Daytona? photo
Could a Plymouth Superbird Beat a Modern NASCAR Camaro at Daytona? photo

Comparing modern cars to classics is a great way to start a fight. Folks will argue so passionately about which is better that you'd swear it's a life-or-death matter. The Wind Tunnel recently attempted to provide an answer, at least when it comes to stock car racing, by pinning the legendary 1970 Plymouth Superbird against a 2024 Camaro ZL1 with Assetto Corsa software.

In this virtual experiment, the two cars raced at Daytona International Superspeedway. The Superbird is represented as a 430-horsepower variant with no restrictor plate. It has a zero to 60 mph time of 5.1 seconds, and a top speed of about 201 mph. On the other side, the 2024 Camaro ZL1 has 510 hp with a restrictor plate. It hits 60 mph in 4 seconds and has a top speed of 186 mph—quite a difference, yeah?

The video goes on to show the Camaro gaining an impressive lead on the 55-year-old stock car off the line and holding it for several laps. However, the Superbird inevitably catches up and takes the lead repeatedly throughout multiple tests.

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If you're a wing car savant, these results likely don't come as a surprise. They were forged in wind tunnels back in the day to cut through the air like missiles, with a wing out back producing tremendous amounts of downforce. They were absolute tyrants on superspeedways and were essentially banned from NASCAR for being too fast just one season in, even after restrictor plates were mandated.