Chevrolet Preps a New Car for NASCAR and for the Showrooms
By Mike Colias, Automotive News
Chevrolet will replace the Impala in NASCAR with a new model that it also will sell to consumers.
General Motors said the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car and the showroom model will closely resemble each other and will debut in 2013 as a new nameplate in the Chevy lineup. GM said it will unveil the cars later this year.
In a statement, GM said it's taking advantage of new NASCAR rules that allow automakers to feature more of their brands' identities in their race cars. Ford and Dodge have already unveiled redesigned NASCAR race cars for 2013 that closely resemble production versions of the Ford Fusion and Dodge Charger.
"We are keeping the wraps on the new car for now and will continue to prepare for next season by testing camouflaged vehicles," said Jim Campbell, vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports for Chevrolet. "We know that Chevrolet fans are eager to see the new race car and we hope that the prospect of being able to own one just like it will make the wait a little more bearable."
One possibility for the new car is a revival of the Caprice nameplate. Chevrolet is using the Caprice name for a rear-drive police car that uses the same rear-drive Australian platform used by the discontinued Pontiac G8. That could lead to a civilian version of the Caprice.
Chevrolet currently races the Impala in NASCAR's Sprint Cup and Nationwide series.
On the street, the aging Impala sedan will be redesigned on a platform shared with the Cadillac XTS. It is scheduled to go on sale in early 2013 as a 2014 model.
The Impala has raced in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series since 2007, when it replaced the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, a full-sized coupe.
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Like Someone said..
I would like to see real production cars on the track, that would be fun to watch.
Heavily modified production cars, along the lines of the Australian V8 Supercars. That would make it more relevant to the fan base that has lost interest.
The NASCAR Volt.. Chevy is missing the boat there, sign Danica and watch the sales go up.
NASCAR Chevy Volt!! Has a couple of drawbacks though, need a plug in area in the pit stall and it has to pit every 4 laps to recharge!!!You are aware that the Volt has a gasoline engine that charges the batteries when they get low don't you??
NASCAR is about as fun to watch as golf for me anyway.
Hey!! Here's an idea a NASCAR Chevy Volt!! Has a couple of drawbacks though, need a plug in area in the pit stall and it has to pit every 4 laps to recharge!!!
Nascar has gotten boring for me. All the cars are the same except for the engine. You can't buy that engine used so they might as well use the same engine too. Chevy and Dodge are the only manufacturer who makes a push rod V8. Dodge is the only manufacturer who car is a 4 door rear drive V8 on the street. I would like to see real production cars on the track, that would be fun to watch.
the prospect of being able to own one just like it will make the wait a little more bearable."
please, how many people will drink this kool-aid?
Sure, just like it, in name only.
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