Chevrolet finally took the wraps off its 2013 entry into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wednesday in Las Vegas. The model had been seen at several tests this past season however Wednesday marked the first time the cars had been shown without a camouflage paint schemes.
The new NASCAR race car closely resembles the all-new rear wheel drive V-8 Chevrolet SS performance sedan that will debut early next year.
“As a passionate race fan, the debut of the SS NASCAR race car is a genuinely exciting moment for me,” said GM North America President Mark Reuss. “With the SS, Chevrolet is delivering a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale, ensuring that our most loyal enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the same thrill every day on the open road that our race car drivers enjoy on the track on race day.”
The Chevrolet SS will be a derivative of the award-winning global rear-wheel-drive architecture that spawns performance vehicles like Chevrolet Camaro and Holden’s upcoming VF Commodore. The limited production version of the Chevrolet SS will be a 2014 model and will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2013. It is the first time in 17 years that Chevrolet will offer a rear-wheel-drive sedan for sale in the United States.
“It’s been a huge effort, and the times that I have driven the 2013 Chevrolet SS race car,” five time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson said. “I’ve been very impressed. I’m excited for Chevrolet, and really for all the manufacturers to have such a cool looking race car. The cars look sharp; they look good; I think the fans are going to be excited to go to the showrooms and buy these vehicles. We have been able to work on them from an aero balance. I know that my friends at GM are awfully smart, and are going to give me a great car to go race with.”
The car is part of an overall updated by NASCAR to the Sprint Cup racecars. Chevy will join Ford and Toyota in fielding racecars designated ‘Gen 6’ by NASCAR. Part of the upgrades includes a look that more closely resembles the street versions of the cars.
“I’ve had the opportunity to see the Chevy SS and it’s really an incredibly good-looking race car,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr. “It looks like it’s ready to go fast; it looks like it’s going to be competitive, and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun to drive. It looks like something Chevrolet should be proud of.”
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