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2014 Chevrolet SS NASCAR

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With every NASCAR season, the excitement and thrill rises. To keep up with that, the cars have to be exciting as well. Chevrolet decided to unveil its racecar at a press conference in Las Vegas, so that the Chevy fans that have been eagerly waiting can finally get their fix..

Known as the Chevrolet SS NASCAR, the rear-wheel drive performance racecar will be Chevrolet’s newest entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with the 2013 SpeedWeek in Daytona.

Based on the upcoming, limited edition Chevrolet SS performance sedan, the design gives us some insight on what to expect from the performance sedan visually, when it will debut early next year.

The NASCAR Chevrolet SS is the next in a long line of famed nameplates that Chevrolet has brought to NASCAR. It replaces the sturdy Impala, which scored a total 151 wins from 1959-64 and 2007-12.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS.

Exterior and Interior

Chevrolet SS NASCAR

The exterior, as any NASCAR fan would know, is basically a sheet of metal folded to look like the stock car it’s based on. What the brands then do is paint the elements of the car that Chevrolet is campaigning onto that sheet of metal. Voila, the exterior is done.

In the NASCAR Chevrolet SS, the exterior is approached in a similar fashion. Here the elements that will adorn the upcoming SS performance sedan are painted in the race car. It gives us a good idea and a rendering of what to expect, such as the aggressive front bumper and the large headlamps. With these design elements in mind, using our imagination, we believe that the upcoming SS will look aggressive and sporty – pretty much like the Holden Commodore it is based on. How else can it convey the presence of a beast under the hood?

What we shouldn’t expect is the interior of the NASCAR. Thanks to NASCAR regulations and weight saving measures, the interior is bare bones. It features a bucket seat, steering wheel and a gear stick and a plethora of switches that we could only guess what each does. That’s the luxury offered by a half-a-million-dollar (at least) race car.

Power

Chevrolet SS NASCAR

The determining factor of any NASCAR is its power. The Chevrolet SS NASCAR doesn’t disappoint in that aspect, thanks to the small-block Chevrolet V-8. Chevrolet promises similar performance figures in a restrained, road-going package — A.K.A. the Chevrolet SS.

With a time gap of 17 years since its last full-blown rear-wheel-drive sedan, Chevrolet also promises the adoption a new rear-wheel-drive architecture, which underpins the big guns like the Chevrolet Camaro and Holden’s upcoming VF Commodore

Press Release

LAS VEGAS – Chevrolet today opened a new chapter in its storied racing history, unveiling its eagerly anticipated 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS race car. Powered by the legendary small block V-8 engine, the rear-wheel drive performance sedan will be Chevrolet’s newest entry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, beginning with the 2013 SpeedWeeks in Daytona, Fla.

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 also demonstrates how we are able to leverage our global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience,” Reuss said. “The specialized development and testing work done for the race car will certainly benefit the entire Chevrolet product lineup.”

The Chevrolet SS is the next in a long line of famed nameplates that Chevrolet has campaigned in NASCAR. It replaces Impala, which scored 151 wins from 1959-64 and 2007-12.

“We are looking forward to another exciting year of NASCAR competition and expect that the new SS race car, with some of the most skilled drivers on the circuit behind the wheel, will distinguish itself on the track,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.

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.

Chevrolet has long used the SS (Super Sport) designation on high-performance models of some of its most enduring nameplates. The SS designation first appeared in 1957 on a Corvette prototype race car built under the guidance of Zora Arkus-Duntov with the plan to enter it in the Le Mans 24-hour race.

The first production vehicle to be offered with an SS optional package was the 1961 Impala – 453 were built with the performance upgrades, which included a modified chassis and suspension, power brakes, a steering column mounted tachometer and unique wheels and tires. The SS designation returned to the Chevrolet lineup in 2010 with the debut of the fifth-generation Camaro.

Chevrolet has 702 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, more than any other manufacturer. Fonty Flock earned the manufacturer’s first win on March 26, 1955, at Columbia, S.C. Five-time series champion Jimmie Johnson achieved Chevrolet’s 700th victory earlier this month at Texas Motor Speedway.

Chevrolet was America’s best-selling performance car brand in 2011 with Camaro and Corvette accounting for one out of every three sports cars sold in the United States. The addition of the SS to the lineup is expected to further strengthen Chevrolet’s position as a leading performance brand.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.



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