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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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Toyota introduces the 2015 Camry race car for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

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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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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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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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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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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Fans of the Dodge Charger finally get what they wished for! SRT Motorsports has unveiled the 2013 Dodge Charger that will see action in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The SRT Motorsport-engineered 2013 Dodge Charger sports a look that will allow its fans to easily identify the car on the race track. 

SRT Motorsport took the same cue as it did with the Dodge Challenger that debuted in the NASCAR Nationwide Series two years ago. SRT Motorsports designers and engineers made sure that the significant features of the street Charger are seamlessly integrated into the racing version. 

"From the start, it's been a collaborative effort with NASCAR," said Ralph Gilles, President and Chief Executive Officer of SRT Brand and Motorsports. According to Gilles, although NASCAR provided the manufacturers with basic specifications, it encouraged them to tackle new horizons with regards to the looks of the current race car. Gilles said the company’s design and engineering group worked with Penske Racing to develop a new look for the next Dodge racer, adding that it used the Dodge Challenger as the benchmark.

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In 2003, Penske Racing will make the move from Dodge to Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition, according to an Autoweek report, citing sources. Penske is expected to officially release a statement (if it hasn’t already done so by press time). Penske fields Dodge Chargers for Brad Keselowski and A.J. Allmendinger.

It was in 1972 that team owner Roger Penske made his debut into NASCAR. Back then, he fielded a red, white and blue AMC Matador for Mark Donohue at Riverside. During the same year, he also had drivers Dave Marcis and Donnie Allison but the results weren’t all that great. Penske shut down his team after the 1977 season but at that point, Bobby Allison, Gary Bettenhausen, George Follmer and Neil Bonnett had already driven for him.

He had 102 starts during the first six seasons (1976 was its only full season). Penske’s drivers were the winners in seven poles and five races in Matadors and Chevrolets. During the stretch, Penske had the chance to use Mercury cars but it garnered no wins. In 1980, Penske went back to NASCAR for two races where it fielded Rusty Wallace in Chevrolets. He chose to stay away until he later returned in 1991 with a full-scale Sprint Cup effort.

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Nascar won’t be expanding its venues and tracks just yet. It was recently reported that the international Formula One racing circuit will have a race along the Hudson River in 2013 but there’s no similar announcement for Nascar. In an interview with Driver’s Seat, Nascar’s chief Brian France said that increasing the number of tracks wherein the premier Sprint Cup cars could compete doesn’t make sense with the current state of the economy. He believes that the series is effectively reaching its audience with the present venues that it has.

In the past, Nascar was primarily a Southeastern sport that people in the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama and Florida have embraced. But in the mid-1980s, it had its annual road race in Watkins Glen, N.Y., where it was so successful that the sanctioning group began planning the expansion of its number tracks and viewership. Nascar experienced a boost in the mid-1990s. It supervised the building of new tracks in Florida, Texas, Kansas, Illinois, California and other places as well. Its audience grew as stock car racing became mainstream.

But in the last few years, its viewers decreased due to several issues like high fuel and ticket prices to boring races and the removal of several older tracks. France said that as a more physical style of racing returned wherein the cars regularly “rub” each other and bump fenders, the series has started to grow once more. He explained that Nascar’s rule makers in recent years sought to clean up the sport’s image and improve safety but in the process, Nascar dampened the element of competition. [source: Autonews]

Read the entire article Nascar series not coming to New York, at least for now!

The Volkswagen Group has denied reports that it will enter stock car racing. Wolfgang Durheimer, Bentley’s CEO and the head of motorsports for the entire VW Group, said that there are no current plans for VW to enter NASCAR. Durheimer, a former Porsche R&D chief, added that for the coming years, the company is planning to sharply increase its involvement in U.S. racing and that it is currently studying a broad variety of programs.

Durheimer was interviewed after a preview of the new Bentley Convertible GTC convertible was unveiled in Croatia. He said that in this strategy role, he is considering all motorsports activities.

He noted that there are several “interesting race series” in the U.S. but the company isn’t likely to enter NASCAR due to the high cost, says TheDetroitBurreau. Notably, VW has recently involved itself in WRC, a very popular rally championship. VW is considering American Le Mans, the Grand Am, and the Indy Car, which he deems “attractive.”

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At the Michigan International Speedway this weekend, Ford’s all-new Focus will be the NASCAR pace car. Ford is hoping that the Focus will get a boost, similar to what this exposure did for the Fiesta. Mark Fields, Ford’s president of The Americas, will be the “celebrity” driver for this new Focus pace car.

What Ford expects to prove is that the 2012 Focus will have more than sufficient petrol to accomplish its job. Ford is exploiting the fact that NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers often point to fuel mileage as a problem. On the highway, the Focus offers an EPA-certified 40 miles per gallon.

What we’ll expect to see at NASCAR is that the Sprint Cup drivers will have to pit five or six times in the 400-mile race but the 2012 Focus could go farther and will push 497 miles (or 248 laps at Michigan International Speedway) before having to pit.

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The excitement is high for former Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen’s NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series race that will take place this weekend. As every detail is interesting, Perky Jerky has revealed the paint scheme of the truck that Raikkonen will be driving.

Raikkonen, who is also known as the Iceman, has founded ICE1RACING, which backs his World Rally Championship and motocross teams. Raikkonen, together with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), will be behind the wheel of the No. 15 Toyota Tundra in the event this weekend.

Raikkonen had completed his initial tests, having done more than 400 laps with his Toyota Tundra racer. Brian Levin, Perky Jerky founder and chairman, said that Perky Jerky may just be two years old but it has “one of the best race car drivers in the world” to stand for its brand in the nation’s greatest race series.

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The House voted 241-148 to throw out a measure to ban the Pentagon from sponsoring stock car teams – which means that there’s nothing to prevent the Army, the Air Force and the National Guard NASCAR racing teams to participate again this year.

Rep. Betty McCollum (D., Minn.) introduced the measure as an amendment to the House’s spending bill for the rest of fiscal year 2011, which ends Sept. 30. Ms. McCollum asserts that the spending on NASCAR teams doesn’t add to military readiness.

The Army, which spends $7 million a year on its NASCAR team, considers it to be a useful recruiting tool. Col. Derik Crotts, director of the Army’s sponsorship, told Washington Wire that the Army picked up 46,000 recruiting leads in 2010 through its racing team. In 2000, the Congress even directed the Army to explore motor sports sponsorships as a recruiting tool.

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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.

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Shell-Pennzoil and Penske Corporation have introduced the cars that will be participating in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and IZOD IndyCar Series. These two cars, which have Shell-Pennzoil livery all over them, are the products of the new sponsorship agreement the companies signed in April.

Kurt Busch will drive the No. 22 Dodge in next year's Sprint by, while Helio Castroneves will be driving the No. 3 Shell V-Power-Pennzoil Ultra Dallara/Honda. Lisa Davis, Shell Lubricants president, said that strategic alliances are “very important” to its organization.

She disclosed that what this alliance with Penske provides more opportunities to advance its technological leadership and product development “through the invaluable knowledge gained both on and off the track." Under the April agreement, the Shell-Pennzoil name will be promoted by the two drivers as well as by Will Power and Ryan Briscoe in the IndyCar series.

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