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Ford debuts 2013 Sprint Cup car

Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:42 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 6:18 am
Posted by Pete Pistone

Greg Biffle, Right, ClimbsGreg Biffle Drives
(Greg Biffle drove the new-look Fusion out at Tuesday's media event)

CONCORD, N.C. - Ford unveiled the 2013 Fusion that will compete on the Sprint Cup Series Tuesday as a media event held in the infield of Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The car was designed by the manufacturer in hopes of bringing back brand identity and manufacturer awareness to a NASCAR fan base that has grown tired with the current homogenous-looking Cup machines.

"We wanted Fusion to be the car that helped return 'stock car' to NASCAR," Jamie Allison, director of Ford Racing said. "I think fans, when they see the car, are just going to smile and cheer. It is going to reengage them with the sport and make the sport better because there is just something natural about seeing race cars that look like cars in their driveways." 

Initial response from drivers has been positive including Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne's take on the new car.

“The coolest thing about it to me is that the Fusion looks like you just took that production version and put a race kit on it," Bayne said.
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Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:48 am

Ford debuts 2013 Sprint Cup car

I am a chevy fan but I half to say good job Ford. That is a stock car! (Or atleast a highly advanced custom made vehicle with Ford logos on it that resembles a stock car)

Since: Apr 15, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:55 am

Ford debuts 2013 Sprint Cup car

i agree, i have never liked that COT from the start.....wonder what the new chevy car will look like?

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:22 pm

Ford debuts 2013 Sprint Cup car

Thats looking really nice. Hope the other manufactres follow suit.

Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:12 pm

Ford debuts 2013 Sprint Cup car

That's a nice looking race car. I certainly hope the engineers have addressed, and fixed, the aero problems plaguing the current car. 

The roof lines look much leaner than the current COT. Maybe NASCAR won't have to pop pivot metal strips from the roof to the decklid on this gem.

The current COT is an ugly pig of a car and I'll be glad to see it gone after this season.  

Let's hope the 2013 cars will race as good they appear to look.   



Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:04 pm

Ford debuts 2013 Sprint Cup car

Just looking at that machine makes me think the company could sell a street version of this and have a very successful muscle car. Personally, I would love to drive one of these with the Wood Brothers color scheme. Or one with the old Matt Kenseth  Crown Royal color scheme, but without the ex-sponsor's name (unless the sponsor paid me for doing so.)

I think that Alan Mulally guy may supplant Lee Iacocca as the more famous historical "Ford turn-a-round" figure in the company's long history. I've been a Ford fan since my dad brought home our first new 1956 Ford four-door sedan, after driving Plymouths and other Chrysler products like De Sotos from as far back as I can remember. (Dad loved Groucho Marx, who advertised De Sotos, plus his Dad drove De Sotos and Dad would trade for the ones he traded in.) My Dad traded every year and occasionally would wander back to Chrysler or the occasional GM Pontiac or Buick, but Fords were the main form of transportation in my family and my own first car was a used 1957 Ford custom. Dad held sway over the cars I owned for a few more years and that put me in 2 Ford Falcons, a 1964 1/2 6 cylinder Mustang with 3 in the floor. Didn't run too fast but it looked great. Later I owned one with the 289 V-8 that both looked good and ran pretty fast. My fondest memories though, are of a powder blue and white Mercury Cyclone 289, 4 in the floor with Bucron tires on the back for traction. Only had to replace the clutch one time. Went off to Viet Nam and when I came home, Dad had traded that car off for a new Mercury Montego, with 3 on the column. (Sigh, I guess it was time to leave my hotrodding days behind and grow up, but I sure did miss that Cyclone.)

I've carried on driving Ford products throughout my life except for the occasional blips in the road where I drove whatever I could afford as transportation until getting back on my feet. That is why it is important to me that the car I see on the screen while watching a NASCAR race looks like the car I see on the street and that I don't have to wait for a closeup to read the emblem on the grill to know what car I am seeing racing around the track.

Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:19 am

Ford debuts 2013 Sprint Cup car

It's interesting that Ford will be making their street model to the NASCAR spec of 112" in wheelbase, last year it was 107". I wonder if the other badges will follow suit?

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:25 am

Ford debuts 2013 Sprint Cup car

Not too bad. I like it.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:35 am

Ford debuts 2013 Sprint Cup car

It does look like the new Fusion.  That's good.  Will be interested to see what the other cars will look like.  Too bad Chevy won't run the Camaro in the NNS.  Then with Toyota bringing back the Celica soon, we could have good old fasioned pony wars in that series.  That's fun.

Now, as long as the Camry, the Charger, the Fusion, and the Impalla SS actually look different on the street as well all will be good. There is only so much designers can do with aerodynamics on a 4 dooe street car.

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:10 pm

Ford debuts 2013 Sprint Cup car

Not a Ford fan but this is a nice looking car!  Hope the other manufacturers can follow suit.

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