Chevrolet has taken the wraps off its 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS race car, which will make its competition debut at SpeedWeeks in Daytona, Florida, in February.
In appearance, the new NASCAR racer closely resembles the all-new, rear-wheel-drive, small-block V-8-powered Chevrolet SS performance sedan, which will also make its public debut early next year.
The production Chevrolet SS will be derived from the same global rear-wheel-drive architecture that underpins the Chevrolet Camaro and Holden’s upcoming VF Commodore.
The limited-production, 2014 Chevrolet SS will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2013. It is the first time in 17 years that Chevrolet will offer a rear-wheel-drive sedan for sale in North America – the last being the 1996 Caprice/Impala SS.
The new NASCAR race car will be the Chevrolet teams' weapon of choice for the 2013 Sprint Cup season. It replaces the Impala nameplate, which has been used on the brand's NASCAR Sprint Cup cars since 2007.
"The Chevrolet SS ... demonstrates how we are able to leverage our global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience," said GM North America President, Mark Reuss. "The specialized development and testing work done for the race car will certainly benefit the entire Chevrolet product lineup."
The SS designation first appeared 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 – a plan subsequently scuttled by GM management..
The first production vehicle to be offered with an SS option package was the 1961 Impala, which included performance upgrades to the chassis and suspension, power brakes, a steering-column mounted tachometer and unique wheels and tires.
The SS designation returned to the Chevrolet lineup in 2010 with the debut of the fifth-generation Camaro.