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Chevrolet SS race car revealed, previews the road-going model

 Chevrolet SS race car revealed, previews the road-going model
2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS Race Car 29.11.2012

Will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

In a surprise move, Chevrolet has unveiled the 2013 NASCAR SS race car far away from the glitz and glamour of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Set to compete in the Sprint Cup Series, the race car closely resembles the Chevrolet SS that will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January. This likely means the model will have a slender grille, sweptback headlights and aggressive lower intakes with LED fog lights. We can also expect wraparound taillights and a stainless steel dual exhaust system.

Chevrolet didn't have much to say about the race car - other than it has rear-wheel drive and a small block V-8 engine - but they did reveal the road-going SS will be based on the company's global rear-wheel-drive architecture and enter limited production in late 2013.

In a statement GM North America President Mark Reuss said, “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."

Source: Chevrolet

2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS Unveiled

Will Debut at the 2013 Daytona SpeedWeeks in February

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.

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nettsu
The Chevrolet SS is based on the Holden Commodore VF. It will not be in limited "production" - it will be a limited export to the US. And according to all rumours I've read the SS is meant to be unveiled in Feb.
Dec 3, 2012 11:13 pm
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PAA
Naive as I am to Nascar, why don't cars carry 4 wheel drive to increase their turning speed?
Nov 30, 2012 12:24 am
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mhectorgato
Nova SS. Chevelle SS. Camaro SS. All were 2 door vehicles. Apparently the new "SS" will be a sedan. Sad.
Nov 29, 2012 5:49 pm
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SnakesInMyPants
Impala SS was a sedan
Nov 29, 2012 6:49 pm
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sensei
Not originally.
Nov 30, 2012 8:35 am
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mhectorgato
The Impala was land going yaht with a big engine. A "SS" has Sport in the moniker. What about 4,221 lb, nearly 18' long and overhangs over 8' indicates "sport". It was as "Sport" as a Dodge full sized diesel pickup truck.
Nov 30, 2012 11:13 am
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mhectorgato
Apparently there's been Impala SS versions recently - my bad. The misuse of the SS tag has been going on longer than I thought.
Nov 30, 2012 11:14 am
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