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Chevrolet shows off 2013 Sprint Cup contender

Chevrolet have officially put their new 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup car on display, revealing a car closely resembling the manufacturer's all-new rear wheel drive V-8 Chevrolet SS performance sedan model.
Chevrolet have put their new 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car on display for the first time this week in Las Vegas.

The new car was originally announced back in May but since then the only track outings have seen the car painted in a black-and-white chequerboard livery to stop rivals and the media from getting a close look at the new model which will replace the more rigorously standardised Car of Tomorrow that the Cup teams have been running since 2007.

New regulations mean that the car manufacturers have more freedom in the styling of their cars next season and can make them more closely resemble their street models in order to help boost car sales.

Chevrolet's new Cup car closely resembles the all-new rear wheel drive V-8 Chevrolet SS performance sedan that will début early next year, and will replace the Impala-branded model that Chevy teams have been running in 2012. The Chevrolet SS is said to be a derivative of the award-winning global rear-wheel-drive architecture already used in the Chevrolet Camaro and Holden's upcoming VF Commodore.

“With the SS, Chevrolet is delivering a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale," said GM North America President Mark Reuss. "Our most loyal enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the same thrill every day on the open road that our race car drivers enjoy on the track on race day."

The 'SS' designation stands for 'Super Sport' and was first used by the company in 1957 on a Corvette prototype race car built under the guidance of Zora Arkus-Duntov with the intention of entering it in the Le Mans 24-hour race.

The new car's first competitive outing in NASCAR Sprint Cup will be at Daytona in February. The limited production version of the Chevrolet SS will go on sale in the US in late 2013 and will be the first time in 17 years that Chevrolet will offer a rear-wheel-drive sedan for sale in the country.

"The times that I have driven the 2013 Chevrolet SS race car, I've been very impressed," said five-time champion Jimmie Johnson. "I'm excited for Chevrolet, and really for all the manufacturers to have such a cool looking race car. The cars look sharp; they look good."

"At Hendrick Motorsports, we have been involved in the development process and have worked closely with the Chevy engineers. There will be some challenges, but I enjoy a good challenge," said Johnson's crew chief Chad Knaus. "We are very excited about the new '13 Chevy SS race car, and can't wait to get it on-track full-time next year."

Johnson's Hendrick Motorsports team mate (and himself a four-time Cup champion) Jeff Gordon agreed. “I'm really excited about the new Chevy SS," he said. "It looks great and drives great. There is still some development work to do to fine-tune everything, but I can't wait to get in that car for next year."




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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, passes Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, to take the lead and win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and team owner Tony Stewart celebrate winning in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with his wife DeLana and son Keelan in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 Stanley Ford, poses with his team before his last race, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)

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