Chevrolet SS is final NASCAR next-gen racer to be revealed
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
While we've already seen the next-generation NASCAR Sprint Cup racers from Ford and Toyota (and Dodge too, but they're not answering the bell come 2013) and are very impressed with the revised regulations that allow stock cars to be more 'stock'. The only manufacturer we've been waiting on - until now - is Chevrolet, but the company finally took the covers off its new machine and we certainly like what we see.
Up until the end of this season, Chevrolet's been using the Impala nameplate in the Cup series, but for 2013 plans to base its racer on its upcoming SS production car. The 'real' SS - which everyone pretty much understands will be based on the Australian-sourced Caprice police car, the Chevrolet Camaro and in previous iterations was sold here as the Pontiac G8 - is a rear-drive V8-powered sport sedan and will be revealed during the NASCAR season opener at Daytona in February.
The Sprint Cup SS has undergone some serious bouts of testing to make sure it's not only safer than the 'Car of Tomorrow' that debuted back in 2007 but also handles better on the mile-and-a-half tracks that make up the bulk of the NASCAR schedule.
In an interview with SPEEDTV, team owner and driver Tony Stewart said, "The new SS looks awesome. That’s the great thing. It’s back to looking like a production car again. It’s a design that I really like. It’s got the perfect blend of having a race car look but a street car look at the same time; and that’s hard to do. No matter what you’re a fan of, you’re going to be able to pick out your favorite brand of car and see it from the stands."
Now that all the next-generation racers have been revealed, which one is your favourite? Do you think NASCAR is headed in the right direction with these or have they not gone far enough? Let us know in the comments!