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

Article by Christian A., on July 29, 2012

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.

The Camaro’s front clip uses several three-dimensional elements to help make it appear like the real one. Jim Campbell, vice president of Chevy’s Performance Vehicles and Motorsports operations, said that among the cues are a recessed grille, prominent bowtie emblem, and power bulge hood.

So far, there are very few details or pictures but Chevrolet asserts that the Nationwide Camaro will be ready to compete at next year’s season opener at Daytona. The Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger will then be seen racing against each other for the first time since the Trans-Am series of the 1970s.

For the top portion of the new Chevrolet Camaro, the design team used the Corvette as an inspiration and so, there are sculpted twin cockpits across its roof.

This allowed the vehicle to have that unique Chevrolet presence. Since the B-pillar has been hidden and hardly noticeable even when looked at from the outside, it gets that genuine look one would expect from a hardtop coupe. Even if it was hidden, the B-pillar was intended to ensure that the structural rigidity would be enhanced. Further, to make sure that quality is present especially during the manufacturing process, the brand used a one-piece body stamping.

This allowed for a side appearance that was cleaner since there are no plastic appliques, seams, or even gaps. Additional styling cues associated with the Camaro include the gills that have placed on the rear quarter panel’s front part. With the short deck and the long hood being pushed to the vehicle’s corners, the combination of the 67-degree rake windshield and the muscular fender forms improve the aerodynamic performance.

For the versions fitted with the V6 engines, coefficient of drag is at 0.37, while the SS model, which has the V8 engine inside it, has Cd of 0.35. One interesting to note about the new Camaro is that when it was still designed, the brand made sure to focus on the openings of the wheel arch.

As such no matter if the vehicle is fitted with the standard 18-inch wheels, or the 19-inch or 20-inch versions, both offered as options, the distance of the top of the tire to that of the fender’s bottom is the same. Chevrolet added that all models will have on its nose the “V” design theme.

They will also have the power dome, measuring 2.5 inches (63.5 mm) placed on the aluminum hood and brings to mind the high-performance versions of the Camaro. For the SS variant, while the lower air intake is now larger, a simulated air intake has been positioned on the upper fascia in the front.

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