2017 Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR Xfinity Race Car
Chevrolet introduced the sixth-generation Camaro in 2015, replacing the model it has been selling with great success since 2009. A significant departure from its predecessor, the sixth-gen Camaro features a new, evolutionary design, but it is also lighter and slightly smaller. Unlike its predecessor, the new Camaro is more of a sports coupe rather than a traditional pony car. Engine-wise, it retained the V-6 and V-8, both in upgraded form, but it also gained a four-cylinder unit, the first for a Camaro since the early 1990s.
Having already spawned a race-spec COPO version, the sixth-gen Camaro has also been used as a base for a new NASCAR vehicle. Much like its predecessor, the NASCAR-spec Camaro will be raced in the Xfinity Series. For those of you who don’t watch a lot of motorsport, the Xfinity Series, previously known as the Nationwide Series, is considered a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to NASCAR’s top-level competition, the Sprint Cup Series.
The new race car will run its maiden season in 2017, when it will replace the vehicle based on the previous-generation Camaro. Chevrolet has been using the Camaro in NASCAR since 2013. Previously, GM fielded race cars based on the Monte Carlo and Impala in the Nationwide Series.
The Camaro won the series in 2015 and 2014, after placing third in the championship in 2013. As of June 2016, Chevrolet is second to Toyota in the manufacturers’ championship. Overall, the Camaro has scored 35 wins since 2013.
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car
Unveiled in late 2015, the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro brought many improvements to GM’s iconic muscle car. The design is fresh, yet still retains the classic Camaro cues, while the architecture is significantly lighter, which basically turns the muscle car into a full-fledged sports coupe. The revised interior, the more powerful V-6 and V-8 engines and the brand-new, turbocharged four-cylinder also helped bring the Camaro into the 21st century. As usual, the standard model serves as a base for a range of performance-oriented versions such as the supercharged ZL1, the track-ready Z/28, and the tire-burning COPO.
Although not exactly related to the street-legal Camaro in terms of platform, drivetrain, and technology, the sixth-gen coupe also served as inspiration for a new Funny Car. Created for the 2016 National Hot Rod Association racing season, the new Camaro SS Funny Car was just unveiled by Chevrolet and 16-time NHRA champion John Force ahead of the Kansas Nationals in Topeka on May 21st and 22nd.
Force’s new Funny Car body is the first based on the sixth-generation Camaro SS and features new aerodynamic elements, as well as a more powerful supercharged engine. The body is also lighter, which in conjunction with the revised drivetrains, will result in quicker quarter-mile sprints.
“I started my career in a Chevrolet and I couldn’t be more excited to put this new Camaro SS Funny Car on the track,” said John Force. “With all the assistance from Chevrolet, it not only looks great, it’s designed to perform better than anything we’ve had before, with a shape that should help us get down the track quicker and with greater stability.”
The Camaro SS Funny Car joins the 2016 NHRA in the Pro class and is the second Camaro-based model to race in this year’s season. The first one is the COPO Camaro, which competes in the Sportsman class and was introduced by Courtney Force, one of John’s daughters and also a drag racer, at the 2015 SEMA Show. Unlike the SS Funny Car, the COPO shares actual body panels and chassis components with the standard Camaro SS.
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2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Indy 500 Pace Car
The long and storied history between Chevrolet and the Indy 500 will run a new episode in 2016, when the brand-new Camaro SS will pace the iconic 500-mile race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana. Set to take place on May 29, this year’s Indy 500 will be the 100th running of the event and Chevrolet will provide the organizers with four pace cars based on the 2017 Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition. In other words, two of America’s most recognizable brands have chosen to celebrate their milestones together.
Chevrolet will supply the event with four identically prepared pace cars, which will be driven by motorsport legend Roger Penske. The 79-year-old is marking 50 years as a race team owner and seeks his 17th Indy 500 title in 2016.
"Chevrolet and the Indianapolis 500 have a long, storied history and it’s an honor to mark the respective milestones of the Indy 500 race and the Camaro simultaneously," said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development. "It’s also a privilege to have Roger Penske perform the driving duties, as his team has helped Chevrolet earn four consecutive IndyCar manufacturer titles since 2012."
This year’s race will be the ninth time the Camaro has served as the pace car and the 27th time for Chevrolet. Chevy first paced the race in 1948, while the Camaro made its debut in 1967, less than a year after the first-generation model was unveiled to the world. The Camaro returned to Indianapolis in 1969, 1982, and 1993, before becoming one of Indy’s favorite pace cars in the late 2000s. The bowtie-badged car led the pack for three consecutive years from 2009 to 2011 and returned for the eighth time in 2014. The Camaro is the second most frequent Indy 500 pace car, surpassed only by the Corvette, which paced the race 13 times between 1978 and 2015. Interestingly enough, the 2016 Indy 500 will be the 20th consecutive race paced by a General Motors vehicle. The last non-GM car to pace the event was the Dodge Viper GTS in 2006.
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It’s been about two years since Chevrolet launched the seventh-generation Corvette and Callaway announced a GT3 racing program for the sports car. At last, the brand’s German-based motorsport division has finally introduced its track-only Vette. Dubbed the Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R, the new race car made its official debut at the Hockenheimring track in Germany as a successor to the Corvette C6-based Callaway Z06.R GT3.
Set to hit the track in official racing events in 2016, the GT3.R was built to meet all FIA rules and regulations, meaning it is eligible for the GTLM class of the United SportsCar Championship, the Blancpain Endurance Series, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
"We wanted to set another milestone in our company’s history with our new design, developing and constructing a future-proof vehicle that will be produced from 2016 and used for many years to come," said Ernst Wöhr and Giovanni Ciccone, managing partners of Callaway Competition. "As a small, privately owned team, we knew from the outset that approaching a project of this magnitude would be very daring. Therefore, first and foremost, we have to thank our employees and partners who have made it possible to finally set the C7 GT3-R on its wheels,"
The first C7 GT3-R to be campaigned by Callaway Competition’s in-house race team will be sponsored by Whelen Engineering of Connecticut.
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The 2015 IndyCar season is set to commence on March 29th with an array of driver, schedule, and rules changes, but that’s not unusual, as driver swaps and new regulations occur with each championship. However, 2015 marks the beginning of a new era for the IndyCar Series, in which manufacturers provide their customer teams with complete aerodynamic packages in addition to engines. In short, IndyCar allowed both Chevrolet and Honda to create their very own aero kits to replace the Dallara’s standard DW12 package used in 2014. Chevrolet is the first of the two to unveil its shell and introduce us to IndyCar’s new aerodynamics.
The new bodywork is significantly different than Dallara’s, and, in some aspects, it resembles the current Formula One designs. Chevy’s new aero kit will be used by six out of 12 teams throughout the 2015, including CFH Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, KV Racing Technology, Lazier Parners Racing and Team Penske. In all, 15 cars will race their way to victory using Chevrolet bodies and engines this season. And given Chevy starts the season as the defending champion, the drivers are expecting to receive the best packages.
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We love the 2015 Corvette. It’s a V-8-powered rocket ship, a rear-wheel-drive internal-combustion serenade, and a street-legal racecar all bundled up in one tidy star-spangled package. For the money, not much can touch it on the track. And that’s exactly what makes it the perfect inspiration to step into the realm of race-only prototypes.
The destroyer-of-asphalt that sits before you is the Corvette Daytona Prototype. It competes in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship (TUSCC), a new racing series that’s the result of last year’s merger between the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Sports Car Series. 2014 was the inaugural season for the TUSCC, with the Corvette coming out on top in both the team championship and manufacturer’s championship. Riding the momentum of a victorious season, this bowtie bruiser just got a refreshed set of bodywork that imitates the swept back, brawny lines of the C7 Stingray. We’ll see all that new composite aero go to work soon as preparations and testing get under way for the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January 2015.
Chevrolet has a long history of sports car and prototype racing when it comes to its halo vehicle. With the new TUSCC series, it appears to be continuing that tradition in triumphant fashion. Can the Corvette hang on to the championship title? We’ll see as we move into 2015. For now, we’re content to give this prototype the nod as one of the sexiest race cars to hit an apex.
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Chevrolet has spent a lot of time raising awareness and money to fight breast cancer over the last couple of years. The company is stepping up its efforts in October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with a special NASCAR Pace Car, as well as a series of donations and events.
The car in question is a specially themed pink Chevrolet SS that will be pacing caution laps at two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races during October, including the GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway and Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Both events are part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The third race included in the program already took place last August in Atlanta. Chevrolet will be donating $250 for each caution lap the pink SS leads in addition to sponsoring at-track survivor events and pace car rides.
What’s more, Chevrolet will donate $10 for every customer who test drives a Chevy at a dealership this month, hoping to help the American Cancer Society raise more than the $1.1 million for the ACS’ Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks and other activities. The funds raised will help the ACS pay for ongoing research, wellness and breast cancer awareness education, as well as support for breast cancer patients and their families.
We understand a pink SS might not tickle your fancy, but don’t forget that taking any Chevrolet out for a test drive will also raise money. Go hoon a 2015 Corvette Stingray for a good cause.
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The Camaro Z/28 is set to pace the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ with recently retired driver Dario Franchitti at the wheel. The three-time Indy 500 winner will be leading the field May 25th, as the 98th running takes place at the famed Brickyard.
Franchitti’s career includes wins in 2007, 2010, and again in 2012, taking rank with a very select number of drivers to achieve such an outstanding IndyCar career. Though Franchitti is retired, he’s not slowing down. He now works in a driver development position with Chip Ganassi Racing, who is of course, powering their race cars with Chevrolet engines for the 2014 Indy season.
The Camaro Z/28 is unmodified for its pace car role, save for the decals affixed to the hood, doors, and rear quarter panels. That’s all well and good though. The Z/28 won’t have any issues getting to speed and holding corners with its 505-horsepower, 481-pound-foot 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V-8. The massive 305-series Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires grip their 19-inch blacked-out wheels that mount to hubs holding huge carbon ceramic rotors squeezed by six-piston Brembo calipers up front and four-piston units out back.
While this will be Franchitti’s first time pacing the Indy 500, it’s old hat for the Camaro. It first did it in 1967 and 2014 will mark its eighth time. The Chevrolet brand, however, has led the field an impressive 24 times with various cars throughout the years. A 2014 Corvette Stingray did the honors last year.
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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.
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If we were to say the name “Robert Glenn Johnson Jr” not many people, besides hardcore NASCAR fans, would know who we are talking about. However, mention the name Junior Johnson and “Mystery Motor” and nearly every NASCAR fan knows what we’re talking about. If you haven’t figured it out, Robert Glen Johnson Jr and Junior Johnson are the same person.
The Mystery Motor refers to Junior Johnson’s most famous car, which was a 1963 Chevy Impala SS with an extremely rare Mk II engine. This engine was a very limited production model that was wedged between the Mk I 438/409 engine and Mk IV 427 engine. This engine only saw roughly 50 total units produced, though some claim there were only 18 ever produced, making it one of the rarest GM engines ever built.
Shortly after these engines went out to various Chevrolet drivers, Chevy pulled the plug on its race sponsorship and the owners of the cars were stuck with modifying and fitting the engines themselves. Junior Johnson’s Mk II 427 wound up being the most powerful built at the time and resulted in a total of seven wins, nine pole positions, 13 top-5 finishes, and 14 top-10 finishes in just 33 races in the 1963 season. Its overall power and rarity earned it the name “Mystery Motor.”
Following the 1963 season, Chevy had began production of the Mk IV 427, rendering the Mystery Motor ineligible for NASCAR competition and reducing Johnson’s win total to less than half the following year.
If you have ever wanted to own a piece of automotive and NASCAR history, this is your chance, as RK Motors Charlotte has put Johnson’s 1963 Impala SS up for sale, Mystery Motor and all.
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Super Stock NHRA racing is likely one of the most badass motorsports on the planet, or at least it was back in the 1960s. It was once about as close to stock vehicles as you could possibly get, yet they still screamed down the track.
One of the dominant and most memorable cars of the 1960s was Dave Stickler’s Camaro Z/28 dubbed “Old Reliable.” After it claimed the Stock Car World Championship in the 1968 season, “Old Reliable” was retired and sold.
In 1993, a buyer used VIN data saved by the Sticklers to track down this beast, after it had been repainted and raced in various events across the nation. Few actually knew what the Camaro once was, but this buyer knew what it was and wanted it, badly. According to some sources, when this buyer went to buy “Old Reliable,” it was actually scheduled to be chopped up for scrap metal.
One question that comes to mind is how good of condition can a car that was about to be scraped be in? From what we can see, this thing is in excellent shape and is certainly set to pick up a premium price, now that it has been listed for sale on Ebay by RK Motors Charlotte.
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