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2013 Nascar Chevrolet SS race car makes its debut

After nearly two decades of absence, rear-wheel-drive sedans will soon return to the vehicle lineup of General Motors’ Chevrolet brand in the United States. The head of GM’s North American operations, Mark Reuss, told Reuters that the carmaker is expecting the production version of the Chevrolet SS rear-wheel-drive sedan to serve as a low-volume car, thereby building excitement around the brand.

Chevrolet currently has no rear-wheel-drive sedans on its lineup except for a police car it is presently offering. Likewise, GM halted selling the rear-wheel drive Pontiac G8 sedan in 2009. GM’s luxury brand, Cadillac, currently offers two rear-wheel drive sedans -- the CTS and the new ATS.

GM launched Thursday the NASCAR racing version of the Chevrolet SS in Las Vegas and plans to unveil the production variant during the Daytona 500 race in Florida in February 2013. The Chevrolet SS will be rolled out to the public either in the third or fourth quarter of 2013 as a 2014 model.

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is not legal in Europe

As we know, only the fastest and most worthy cars take on the Nurburgring, and one of those models include the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE with a lap time of 7:16.04. Though it may not be the record holder, it still made its mark around the Green Hell. One thing we have just learned though is that this model will never make it to European streets, this is because of the European pedestrian safety standards.

Unlike the standard ZL1, the ZL1 1LE variant overall has a more aggressive body kit, front splitter, massive front dive planes and a huge carbon-fiber rear wing. These aerodynamic components make it extra aggressive and a menace on the track, according to Motor Trend. Apart from good looks, the main purpose of the dive planes is to cool the car down, while adding downforce when on the track, but this also makes the vehicle more threatening to pedestrians, according to EU safety rules. In fact, giving the ZL1 LE the dive planes alone are enough reason to buy the car, while also making it illegal on the road.

If you want to convert your standard ZL1 to a 1LE, you will have to shell out an extra $7,500 over the ZL1’s standard price, which includes a number of upgrades. Both trims come equipped with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 with 650 horsepower (485 kilowatts) and 650 pound-feet (880 Newton-metres) of torque. The main difference is that the 1LE gives it a diet where it loses 60 pounds (27 kilograms) off the standard ZL1 - thanks to its thinner rear windows, and fixed rear seats.

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 race car prepares for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Chevrolet has been pretty lucky in races they have participated in. From the Chevrolet SS, the Impala, to the Camaro. Recently, the company introduced the Camaro ZL1, which will be the race car they will use for the 2018 season.

To give you a little bit of a back story, the Chevrolet SS has won around 70 MENCS races for the company since it replaced the Impala in 2013. Besides that, the company has also used a Camaro in the Xfinity Series in the same year.

In the past four years, Chevrolet has been running the SS performance sedan, but since it is going out of production this year, they needed a replacement, and this is how the 2018 Camaro ZL1 enters the picture. The ZL1 is powered by a supercharged 650 horsepower V8 so the manufacturer is pretty confident to race this model.

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Ford debuts new NASCAR Fusion, to race for first time on February 21st

This year’s iteration of the NASCAR Fusion will be competing for the first time in February at Daytona Speedweeks. Ford has been aggressively preparing its racing vehicle for the major event. Memories come to mind of the same preparations by Ford three years ago.

After NASCAR gave the go-ahead for car makers to create racing cars that are customized according to what characteristics the auto companies want to infuse in them, Ford wasted no time in mobilizing its designers to create a racing version of that model year’s Ford Fusion.

How does the new Fusion race car differ from the production counterpart? By looks alone, both cars look the same but the difference is felt when entering the car. As mandated by the rules of this year’s NASCAR season, a new digital dashboard system will display information to the racing teams through various graphical representations such as bar graphics, numbers or an electronic gauge-and-needle display.

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Chevrolet announced that at the 2014 SEMA Show it will bring the SS Sport Concept, an upgraded version of the well-known high-performance sedan that reflects its capabilities. Some of the unique features of this model include the Red Hot exterior with body-colored door handles and mirrors, new grills, fog lamp bezels, side fender vents and a rear spoiler from Chevrolet Accessories.

Moreover, there are new 20-inch wheels and stripes for the hood as well as deck lid from Chevrolet Accessories, as well as wheel caps featuring the Holden logo. Inside, we find a sport pedal kit and cargo net, floor mats and cargo tray with the Holden logo from Chevrolet Accessories.

Under the hood, there is the standard LS3 V8 engine that produces 415 hp (310 kW) and 563 Nm (415 lb-ft) of torque. The engine is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission, while as an option the manufacturer offers a six-speed, paddle-shift automatic gearbox.

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Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc (TMS) and Toyota Racing Development USA (TRD) introduced today the all-new 2015 Camry race car that will participate in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starting next season.

By announcing the 2015 Camry racing car, Toyota becomes the first producer in this series to modernise the ‘Gen-6’ NASCAR model first introduced in 2012 to compete starting in the series in the season of 2013. Also, a newly designed Camry will also appear in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next year, currently called the Nationwide Series.

The 2015 Camry race car signifies the apex of redesigning that provides the automobile with a more distinct look -- and one like the 2015 production Camry that debuted earlier in this year. TRD worked along with Calty Design, part of the global Toyota network design team, to improve the racing Camry and integrate elements of design from the all-new 2015 production version into the racer.

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The last weekend was a bad one for General Motors and Chevrolet as during the NASCAR race in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Chevrolet SS pace car caught fire. The vehicle was filled with smoke and the diver Brett Bodine was forced to stop the pace car. The good news is that nobody was hurt and the Chevrolet SS was replaced by another car.

Looking at the video, you will see a small flame at the rear of the car, meaning that it might be something related to the electric part. For those who don’t know, the Chevrolet SS is powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine that generates 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. The engine delivers the power to the rear wheels and can push the SS from naught to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5.0 seconds.

The Chevrolet SS uses a sport tuned chassis and comes as standard with Brembo brakes that feature ventilated, 355-mm rotors and two-piece, four-piston front calipers, hidden behind the 19-inch front wheels (20-inch on the rear) wrapped in high-performance Bridgestone tires.

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NASCAR has named Brent Dewar as chief operating officer effective Jan. 6. Dewar retired from General Motors in April 2010 after holding some leadership posts, mostly at Chevrolet. Since exiting GM, Dewar has been a consultant for a number of firms, including NASCAR. In a statement, NASCAR chief executive Brian France said that Dewar is a seasoned leader with deep experience in the automotive sector as well as someone with intimate knowledge of and passion for NASCAR.

NASCAR said that Dewar’s appointment will allow France to focus on “setting the vision for NASCAR” and implementing “key growth initiatives.” Dewar's appointment comes as NASCAR’s TV ratings have been struggling for nearly a decade, down between 10 and 20 percent since 2008. NASCAR is also experiencing slumping attendance. NASCAR oversees races like Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400, featuring heavily modified production cars.

NASCAR's racetrack in Indianapolis has a seating capacity of 250,000 people, but only around 70,000 fans attended the Brickyard 400 in July. France remarked that Dewar is a leader who is naturally collaborative -- an essential trait in working with the OEMs, teams, tracks, broadcast partners and others "to grow the sport over the next decade.”

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The 2014 Chevrolet SS is powered by a 415-hp LS3 V-8 and six-speed automatic as standard but for those who want more, there may be other variants depending on how well the existing model sells. In an interview with Automotive, Chevrolet Performance Cars marketing manager John Fitzpatrick said that there could be a model equipped with a manual transmission.

There may even be a supercharged engine. The Pontiac G8, which is the SS’ predecessor last sold in the U.S., failed to meet the projected 20,000-30,000 units a year.

As a result, the SS now has a lower sales target of 3000 units a year. If sales of the single automatic/LS3 configuration exceed expectations, versions like a supercharged model and a manual transmission option may be brought over from Australia to the U.S.

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Chevrolet announced that the 2014 SS sport sedan will cost of $44,470, including shipping. The options offered for the SS sports sedan are quite simple: a sunroof, which costs $900 and a full-sized spare tire ($400). As expected, the 2014 Chevrolet SS sports sedan offers plenty of standard equipment, such as high intensity discharge headlamps, Automatic Parking Assist, Chevrolet MyLink with a colour touch screen and GPS-based navigation system, Bose premium audio system, color head-up display, dual-zone automatic climate control, alloy pedal covers, heated and ventilated front seats with memory, Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Departure Warning, rear-vision camera with rear park assist, keyless access and push-button start.

Furthermore, the SS sports sedan comes with the LS3 6.2-liter small-block V8 with 415 hp (310 kW) and 415 lb-ft of torque (563 Nm). With these numbers the vehicle sprints from 0 to 60 mph in about five seconds. The SS uses a six-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually using TAPshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

2014 Chevrolet SS will be available in five exterior colors: Mystic Green, Silver Ice Metallic, Red Hot 2, Phantom Black Metallic and Heron White. All interiors will be Jet Black and feature sport front bucket seats.

Read the entire article 2014 Chevrolet SS sports sedan priced at $44,470

Fans of the 2014 Chevrolet SS in Canada will be dismayed to know that this model would be offered only in the U.S. The 2014 Chevrolet SS had been released to appease fans who were saddened with the discontinuation of the Pontiac G8. According to Toronto’s The Globe and Mail, GM has decided not to sell the SS sedan in Canada.

A company representative said that it’s because the large, rear-wheel drive sedan market is too small and that Chevrolet’s Malibu and Impala are already making waves in the mid-to-large sedan segment. When we look at Canadian sales figures from 2012, the Chrysler 300 (a big rear-wheel drive sedan) sold 5,760 units, which outperformed the Chevrolet Malibu’s sales of 5,697 units.

The Dodge Charger fell behind the Malibu by 1639 sales. Meanwhile, the outgoing Impala sold 7733 units in Canada last year. Meanwhile, only 2,979 units of the rear-wheel drive Hyundai Genesis were sold. This makes it probable that Chevrolet’s product planners had the right strategy. Surely, Canadian fans are disappointed that they will be missing out on the four-door sedan’s 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 with an output of 415-hp and 415-lb-ft.

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After all the speculations, the new Chevrolet SS sedan turned out to be nearly identical to Holden’s next-generation VF Commodore after all. The Chevrolet SS had its official unveiling only a few days after the next-generation VF Commodore was presented. Very few minor details distinguish the two models.

The introduction of the Sprint Cup car took place before the production model was unveiled. In addition, Danica Patrick held the pole position and drove a Chevrolet SS for the Daytona 500. In yet another SS-related event, GM North America chief Mark Reuss was named as the honorary pace car driver for the 2013 Daytona 500.

2014 Chevrolet SS is the first rear-drive, V-8-powered performance sedan for the brand since it stopped offering the 1996 Impala SS. The vehicle is a non-consecutive successor of the performance tradition that began with the Pontiac G8 GXP, which was powered by the 415-hp 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 that was used on the SS.

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Chevrolet introduced today its first V8-powered rear-wheel-drive performance sedan since 1996: ladies and gentlemen, this is your 2014 Chevrolet SS. Designed to deliver performance on the street but also on the track, the new Chevrolet SS will make its debut this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway as the SS racecar will make its NASCAR debut during Daytona 500.

Maybe all of you folks are wondering what’s under the hood of the Chevrolet SS, right? Well, we find a 6.2-liter LS3 Chevrolet V8, delivering 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. With these numbers, the Chevrolet SS will be able to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in about five seconds. The Chevrolet SS benefits from the proven, race-tested, global rear-wheel drive architecture that is the foundation for the Camaro, Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle and Holden’s VF Commodore.

Moreover, the Chevrolet SS features a sport-tuned chassis, which includes: Electronic power steering system, optimized for sport driving; standard Brembo brakes, with ventilated, 355-mm rotors and two-piece, four-piston front calipers; forged aluminum wheels, wrapped in ultra-high-performance Bridgestone tires: 19 x 8.5 inch wheels with 245/40ZR19 tires in front; 19 x 9.0 inch wheels with 275/35ZR19 tires rear. In terms of design, the Chevrolet SS features a muscular stance, with a power bulge on the aluminum hood that hints at the power of the engine underneath, a tear-drop shape at the rear that contributes to improved aerodynamic performance and new chrome accents as well as standard high-intensity discharge headlamps and light-emitting diode daytime running lights.

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SRT Motorsports said that when the 2012 season ends, Dodge will withdraw from NASCAR competition. This was confirmed by Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – Street and Racing Technology Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC, at a recent media teleconference call. This decision has a direct impact on its participation at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Presently, Penske Racing fields two Dodge Charger cars in the Sprint Cup Series and two Dodge Challenger cars in the Nationwide Series. Last February, Penske Racing revealed that it will terminate its partnership with Dodge, which began in 2003 at the end of the 2012 season.

Dodge has posted 215 victories in the Sprint Cup Series, which include the 55 wins since 2001. It had a representative in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup in seven of the past eight seasons.

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Chevrolet has decided to model its 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series car after a 2013 Camaro. This is quite a departure from its move to model the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup car after the upcoming 2014 SS sedan. This similarity is mostly centered on the front clip, as surfaces behind the cowl and A-pillars mostly resemble Chevrolet’s current Nationwide Series car, which supposedly resembles an Impala SS.

This isn’t astonishing since efforts by Ford and Dodge to pattern their Nationwide cars after the Mustang and Challenger, respectively, are mostly limited to the front clip.

Even then, the Camaro’s front clip is a remarkable replica of a street-going Camaro. The Camaro is different from the Nationwide Mustang, which is so much like the production car simply though decals.

Read the entire article Chevrolet’s new entry in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013 will be a Camaro

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) and TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development) has formally unveiled the 2013 Toyota Camry that will take part in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starting next season. The introduction of the 2013 Camry for NASCAR competition, made at TRD’s plant in Salisbury, N.C., marks the end of an aggressive redesign to give the car an enhanced yet more distinct personality.

TRD collaborated with Calty Design, part of Toyota's global network design team, to develop and build a racing Camry that features unique design elements.  Ed Laukes, TMS vice president of marketing communications and motorsports, expressed excitement over the unveiling of the 2013 Camry, saying that NASCAR fans would appreciate the on-track Camry looks like the one they have.

Laukes said that the 2013 Camry looks like the production vehicle “than ever before,” adding that they hope that this help rejuvenate the relationship between NASCAR fans and manufacturers.

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Chevrolet officially announced today that it will launch a V8 powered, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan in the United States and that the new of the new car will be Chevrolet SS. The SS will also make its debut as the next NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar and will hit the racetrack at the 2013 Daytona 500.

The Chevrolet SS will hit the showrooms in late 2013 as a 2014 model and according to the press release it will be first rear-wheel-drive sedan for sale in the United States since 1995. The SS designation made its debut back 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.

After this, the first production vehicle offered with an SS option was the 1961 Impala and Chevrolet built 453 units, each featuring performance upgrades which included a modified chassis and suspension, power brakes, a steering column mounted tachometer and unique wheels and tires. The latest model featuring the SS bagde was the fifth-generation Camaro. The new SS will be a derivative of the rear-wheel-drive architecture that spawns performance vehicles like Chevrolet Camaro and Holden's upcoming VF Commodore.

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Clues have been appearing on what Chevrolet will dub its unnamed new model. Bloggers and enthusiasts have been gathering and piecing together clues that lead to a conclusion: the new model will be dubbed as Chevrolet SS. The ironic thing about it is that the source was Chevrolet’s own parent, General Motors.

OnStar’s online site listed GM models compatible with a mobile app that allows remote vehicle access through smartphones. Interestingly, the site contained a list of Chevrolet cars for the 2014 model year, and there sprouted the name “SS Performance.”

The discovery was purely an accidental one. Tech blogger Christopher Price said that he discovered GM’s blunder while searching for the OnStar vehicle profile for his 2009 Pontiac G6. The list has since disappeared from OnStar’s site after someone informed them of the slip-up.

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World is changing everyday and we see this also in the automotive industry. The latest proof: an electric NASCAR pace car. That’s right folks, the Ford Focus will be the first all-electric pace car in the NASCAR to ever lead the field for a Sprint Cup Series race at the Richmond 400.

It appears that Ford is the only manufacturer that wants to make some groundbreaking moments in NASCAR as the American manufacturer was the first car marker to compete with a four-door sedan as its flagship model in 1998 but also first to use a hybrid to start a NASCAR event with the Fusion Hybrid back in 2008 at the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Back in January, Ford became the first manufacturer to show off its 2013 NASCAR race car when it unveiled the new 2013 Fusion racer. Regarding the Ford Focus Electric, this is America’s most fuel-efficient five-seat car that offers the equivalent of 110 miles per gallon (MPGe) city, 99 MPGe highway and operates on battery-generated power. The Focus Electric was rated by EPA at 105 MPGe combined, while its main rival – the Nissan Leaf – is rated at 105 MPGe combined.

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General Motors will field a new racing model in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, replacing the current Impala entry.  GM will also produce a consumer version of the new model, which will closely resemble the NASCAR variant. Both cars will carry the Chevrolet badge when they make their debut in 2013. GM will unveil the cars later this year. 

The company said it is taking advantage of new NASCAR rules that allow automakers to feature more of their brands' identities in their race cars. With regards to the new model, Jim Campbell, vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports for Chevrolet, said that for now, they are keeping the wraps on it, adding that they will continue to prepare for next season by testing camouflaged vehicles.

Campbell appealed to Chevrolet fans who are excited to take a peek of the new model saying that the prospect of being able “to own one just like it” will make the wait a little more bearable. Chevrolet currently fields the Impala in NASCAR's top stock car racing circuit.

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