The body is very different. On the old cup cars, they werent even close to symmetrical at all. The trunk/spoiler was all canted to the left (IIRC) to catch more air in the turns, etc..
Frankly i'm all for the COT. The spoiler is finally a real aerodynamic piece, other then a piece of metal sticking off the trunk, they're more symmetrical ala a real factory car.
I do think that some factory things should be included, maybe have the basic nose shape on the car, and wheelbases, suspsension designs, etc. It works in every other motorsports series for the most part... I also think some more technology should be brought into the sport.
On the money issue, toyota is DUMPING money into R&D and it hasn't gotten them anything. Exactly what they've done in formula 1 for a few years to no avail.
'06 Vee Dub GTI 2 door Tornado Red
- 2.0 Turbocharged, Intercooled, Direct Injected, 6 Speed DSG, Underbody Aero, 17" Classix
- Moonroof, Bi-Xenon headlamps, Interlagos Plaid Sport Seats, 6 Disc In-dash, iPod integration, GTI Monster Mats (winter)
'93 Bonneville SE Purple Pearl H4U package - picked up June 23, 2003, Traded-in June 28, 2007...