The Smartest Products of the Decade

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Car of Tomorrow

In the wake of Dale Earnhardt's death at the 2001 Daytona 500, NASCAR made a number of changes to improve safety, including the development of a safer car, spending millions of dollars creating the "Car of Tomorrow." In 2007, the "CoT" made its Sprint Cup debut. The car was raised and widened, the seat was moved toward the center of the cockpit and the roll cage was moved back allowing for larger crumple zones, and the exhaust was shifted to move heat away from the driver. Critics complain that uniformity has taken away driver skill, but no driver has died since old #3.