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Demon_Mustang
01-20-2005, 02:06 AM
http://www.musclecarclub.com/musclecars/plymouth-superbird/images/plymouth-superbird-1970f.jpg

I think I remember myself commenting on the Plymouth Superbird before when someone pointed out the big wing, or something, where I agreed that it was useless and ugly.

Well, I still stick by the ugly assessment, but apparently this wing isn't useless like the new junk these kids are putting on their cars. Apparently Plymouth needed to disguise two big vertical fins for lateral stability at high speed as a big wing. Basically, stop paying attention to the top part, it's not particularly there for downforce during braking or anything like that, although they say it is adjustable, the main reason for that wing is for the big fins on the side. So pay attention to the shape of the side "supports."

http://www.musclecarclub.com/musclecars/plymouth-superbird/images/plymouth-superbird-1970d.jpg

Notice how they are shaped like big fins like the tail of an aircraft? Yep, that's really their purpose, for stability at high speeds so the rear-end would not come loose and lose traction.

Oh, and the reverse air scoop on the front fenders were there for aerodynamics in stock car racing, but back then, in order for a feature to be used in the race cars, they must be present in the stock street version sold to regular people as well, so there they are...

Eh, despite how ugly I think this car is, apparently this car can be worth a lot of money if an all original one is in good condition, and it's supposed to be quite fast for its time as well...

Demon_Mustang
01-20-2005, 02:06 AM
http://www.musclecarclub.com/musclecars/plymouth-superbird/images/plymouth-superbird-1970f.jpg

I think I remember myself commenting on the Plymouth Superbird before when someone pointed out the big wing, or something, where I agreed that it was useless and ugly.

Well, I still stick by the ugly assessment, but apparently this wing isn't useless like the new junk these kids are putting on their cars. Apparently Plymouth needed to disguise two big vertical fins for lateral stability at high speed as a big wing. Basically, stop paying attention to the top part, it's not particularly there for downforce during braking or anything like that, although they say it is adjustable, the main reason for that wing is for the big fins on the side. So pay attention to the shape of the side "supports."

http://www.musclecarclub.com/musclecars/plymouth-superbird/images/plymouth-superbird-1970d.jpg

Notice how they are shaped like big fins like the tail of an aircraft? Yep, that's really their purpose, for stability at high speeds so the rear-end would not come loose and lose traction.

Oh, and the reverse air scoop on the front fenders were there for aerodynamics in stock car racing, but back then, in order for a feature to be used in the race cars, they must be present in the stock street version sold to regular people as well, so there they are...

Eh, despite how ugly I think this car is, apparently this car can be worth a lot of money if an all original one is in good condition, and it's supposed to be quite fast for its time as well...

Deliverance
01-20-2005, 07:19 AM
It looks like something the Dukes of Hazard would drive..

Demon_Mustang
01-20-2005, 10:23 AM
Actually, the "General Lee" was a Dodge Charger, completely different, but nice observation anyway...

Gold Movement
01-20-2005, 12:36 PM
i dont know if it is the picture or me , but on the second picture the blue plymouth looks like it had the front suspension lower then the rear are they Front wheel base cars or rear?

Trogdor93
01-20-2005, 03:11 PM
Reminds me of the Jetsons. I'd probably get the same kind of kick out of driving one that I'd get from driving the Oscar Mayer weiner mobile, but no, I wouldn't want one. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Demon_Mustang
01-20-2005, 04:22 PM
Gold, considering the Superbird aka Road Runner had 390bhp and 490 lb-ft torque from a V8, I would say it is definitely a rear-wheel platform and not a front-wheel drive system.

ScrubberManFSJ
01-20-2005, 08:02 PM
Hey, thanks Demon.... it was me that brought the superbee into question.

Cool, there is proof you read my posts...... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

Demon_Mustang
01-20-2005, 08:55 PM
Oh right, I remember now. That was a while ago though, but I guess you shouldn't forget your own posts, although I have done that before...