Any car, with the right team behind it, can be turned into a full-fledged racer. Yes, even if the car is Chevrolet’s little Sonic hatchback.

The Chevy team behind this piece of work - it’s called the Sonic Super 4 Concept - wanted to prove that even the Sonic’s sporty driving character could be translated and transferred into one that can pound asphalt on the tracks.

Mission accomplished, to say the least.

The reinforced body structure of the Sonic contributes to a dynamic driving experience. The suspension system features a Macpherson strut front suspension with coil springs, a stabilizer bar, and side-load-compensated front strut modules. The whole set-up was modified for racing while also receiving a lower restriction intake and exhaust system, enhancing the hatchback’s on-track performance.

Aerodynamic enhancements were also in the offing for the Super 4 Concept. Among the items added include a lower splitter, rocker panel extensions, and rear diffuser, all of which were made from carbon fiber. The car was also dressed in Chevrolet racing graphics and also carries tinted headlamps and taillights, a Concept Z-Spec high wing rear spoiler, and a new set of 18" satin black wheels wrapped in racing tires.

Inside, Chevrolet did away with most of the standard features of the road-going Sonic and modified it to a full-on race set-up featuring a full chrome molly roll cage, window nets, racing instrumentation, a fire suppression and rearview camera system, an easily-detachable racing wheel, a racing seat with a five-point harness, and a Z-Spec pedal kit.

The Sonic Super 4 Concept is powered by a 1.4-liter Ecotec turbo engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission with an adjustable coil-over struts and spring kit, a low-restriction air intake and filter, and a two-inch cat-back straight-pipe exhaust.

UPDATE 11/08/2011: We have added new images of the Chevrolet Sonic Super 4 Concept from its official debut at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show. Check them out in the picture gallery.

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic Super 4 Concept
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  (449) posted on 12.7.2011

A little Sonic hatchback? Well, it doesn’t look like an infant vehicle for me. Anyway, its aesthetic design only adds more angst and aggressive looks on this concept. I’m just hoping that it is not a hybrid vehicle.

  (526) posted on 11.11.2011

Its simple graphic design, is absolutely look so cool on this race car, and I must say that it is already looking great on its body paint. I just only hope that its engine will be quite good enough for it.

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