Lack of power notwithstanding, it’s damn near close to impossible to not like the Chevrolet Sonic.
As one of Chevrolet’s more popular models, the Sonic has received acclaim for its balanced handling and sporty driving experience, so much so, in fact, that the Bow Tie has jumped right into the increasingly popular B-Spec racing series with their very own Sonic B-Spec Race Car Concept.
Although still a preview of a competition kit for the race car, the Sonic B-Spec Racer is a bonafide pocket Hercules.
Dressed in a Luxor Blue paint finish with matching Monaco Blue graphics, the lightweight Sonic B-Spec Racer comes with a bevy of race spec modifications, particularly on the car’s chassis and suspension. The transformation from production model to full-fledged race car begins with the installation of front strut coil-over assemblies and mounts and rear shock coil-over assemblies and mounts. The car also received adjustable front stabilizer bar links, a rear axle shim kit, an inlet air restrictor, and a recalibrated ECM and EBCM.
Safety features were also added, including a carbon fiber safety seat, a window safety net, five-point racing harnesses, a Monaco Blue-painted roll cage, a center catch net, a quick-release steering wheel/hub system, and a fire extinguisher.
About the only thing disappointing about the Sonic B-Spec Racer Concept, albeit one that’s completely understandable, is the engine. To adhere to regulations, the Sonic Race Car Concept’s 1.8-liter engine remains the same from its stock specifications, although an air restrictor was used to equalize its output with other competitors.
In the end, this little beast is still pretty impressive, something GM US VP of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Jim Campbell will attest to. “[The] Sonic B-Spec Concept demonstrates the car’s capabilities in the increasingly popular B-Spec subcompact classes in SCCA and Grand Am series,” he said.
“The Sonic’s great balance of power and responsive handling make it a natural on the track – and a formidable competitor.”
Expect the Sonic B-Spec competition kit to hit the sales market in the first quarter of 2013 through Chevrolet Performance retailers.