What the new Ford Torino Talladega NASCAR special will look like today

This sleek, streamlined concept shows an alternate future of how beautiful NASCAR’s homologation specials can be.

stronghold a trick up their sleeve for the 1969 season from NASCAR Aerodynamics. Racing car factory Holman Moody took over Ford Torino Modified Car And he spent some time on it in the wind tunnel To really improve it to cut through the air. The result was the 1969 Ford Torino Talladega Special.

The car put Ford back in NASCAR, and it scored 26 victories that year, including 11 straight race wins. Its dominant success owed directly to the birth of winged muscle cars to come later, and Dodge Daytona Charger and Plymouth Road Runner Superbird! not to mention Ford King of the Turin Cobrawhich, unfortunately, did not see the light of day.

The Ford Torino Talladega was, of course, put into production to homologate it with NASCAR. That means 750 (or 754 depending on who you ask) were made. Anyone can walk into a Ford dealership and drive a muscle car that has been bred for NASCAR. All they had to do was customize the Ford Torino with the correct codes, to get a 428 Cobra Jet engine and close to 450 HP. Made for only one year, Torino Talladega is an extremely rare sight today. That’s because it’s estimated that less than half of the cars ever built are still alive – 300 exotics achieve incredibly high resale values.

If Ford was still making it, the Talladega could look something like this elegant beauty. digital artist Timothy Adri Emanuel visualizes the modern Ford Torino Talladega Exclusively for Hotcars. and an alternative future. One where ordinary cars would look very different, if it were based on producing amazing cars like the Talladega.

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Modern Talladega design looks like the ‘best’ muscle car

The modern Ford Torino Talladega offers 3/4 front
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The ’69 Ford Torino Talladega was six inches longer than the model Fairlane standard For high-speed stability. Fenders, flush grille, hood, front bumper, front spoiler, modified rocker panels and more are all handcrafted by Holman-Moody specialists.

In this modern re-imagining, elements of the original are alive and more than just kicking. Including the signature Presidential Blue paint with a modern metallic finish. The Talladega’s distinctive front fenders, extended with a ‘snoot snoot’, were responsible for keeping air above the car. By some reports, they were good for a top speed bonus of 5 mph themselves! Fortunately, that concept gets it right, along with the V-shaped front bumper. Subtle daggers help the aero credentials. As do the lower rocker panels and the massive rear diffuser that brings the car closer to the ground – always good for the air. We can’t say the same about this concept’s wheels, as cool as they look.

The modern Ford Torino Talladega presents a profile
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The Talladega has long been seen as a combination of some of the body styles popular for classic cars at the time, and this offering faithfully follows it there as well. the Ford fastback Represented, with three bands on the C-pillar that stays true to Talladega tradition.

The modern Ford Torino Talladega renders the rear 3/4
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There’s also a raised rear quarter panel, and a sharply cut rear end with distinctive taillights that have been redesigned using modern technology. The highlight had to be the curved, vaulted glass ceiling—even if it couldn’t produce it.

Related: The factory Torino Talledega signed by NASCAR Legends is heading to auction

Torino Talladega started the NASCAR Aero Wars

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Although you’d imagine the shape of the fastback to be quite slippery, American muscle cars of the 1960s were anything but. Specialists Holman Moody discovered it in a wind tunnel. Which is why they went to work smoothing the air around Turin and reducing drag to make it the legendary Talladega.

This included the enclosed grille, induction bump in the hood, extended and lowered front fenders, lowered rocker panels and, most importantly, the V-shaped front fenders. The fenders themselves were essentially cut-and-glue rear fenders that were massaged to form the required point to cut the air. It all led to The famous NASCAR Air Wars In the early 1970s, before flying was mainly banned in sports.

Related: Too fast: The 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona was banned from NASCAR

The modern Torino Talladega will be an easy 200 mph muscle car

With modern aerodynamics on its side, this Torino Talladega concept will make breaking the magical 200 MPH mark easy. As history goes, the Torino Talladega was on top From the air wars that led to cars like the Daytona and Superbird. The Daytona, of course, is the first car to break 200 mph.

This modern Talladega deserves a Fitting a Ford V8 big block under the cover. One of the options could be from existing NASCAR teams, the high-compression Ford FR9 engine built by Roush Yates. Power outputs are over 800 horsepower to help the Talladega reach its theoretical top speeds. Although rare, Talladegas is probably one in too many NASCAR scraps that could be a great restomod donor. One that could make NASCAR look great again.

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