So as not to be outdone, Chevrolet, one of the major car suppliers for the NASCAR teams, has already started working on the replacement car for America's premiere racing series. The new NASCAR model, which is expected to feature new bodywork and a redesigned chassis, is due to arrive in 2013.
It is rumored that the new racer will be closer to the production version of the car (which Chevrolet says will already be available in the market by that time) to make it more recognizable to NASCAR fans.
Mark Kent, director of racing for GM, said that the 2011 Nationwide car is proof that a balance between looks and performance can be achieved. Kent added that since the cars are “distinctively different,” they were able to have a more developed manufacturer identity.
Kent said that in building the 2013 Cup car, Chevrolet will “push that envelope even farther.” He said that NASCAR is more open to collaborations so that it can meet all of its objectives in 2013.
With regards to the engine that will power the vehicle, Chevrolet will attempt to follow in the footsteps of the sports sanctioning body, as NASCAR is nearing the adoption of biofuel (E15 ethanol). For Chevrolet, as well as NASCAR, injection is being considered to replace carburetors.