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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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The prototype 2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. [Picture Credit: Ford Racing]
The prototype 2013 Ford Fusion NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. [Picture Credit: Ford Racing]
2013 Chevrolet Nascar Sprint Cup car. (Photo credit: Chervolet Communications)
Chevrolet shows off its new model Chevrolet SS for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. (Photo Credit: Chevrolet Public Relations)
Chevrolet shows off its new model Chevrolet SS for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. (Photo Credit: Chevrolet Public Relations)
Chevrolet shows off its new model Chevrolet SS for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. (Photo Credit: Chevrolet Public Relations)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS, races to an eighth place finish with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS who finished in second place Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet SS, stops in his pit on his way to a fifth place finish Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. Elliott takes over the #24 car from retired driver Jeff Gordon.  (Photo by Ashley R Dickerson for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, races to a fourth place finish Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevy Racing)
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brian Vickers, driver of the #14 Janssen Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation Chevrolet SS, finishes in seventh place, Sunday April 3, 2016, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, VA (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 Dow Chevrolet SS, finishes in fourth place, Sunday April 3, 2016, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, VA (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #14 Target Chevrolet SS, finishes in third place, Sunday April 3, 2016, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, VA (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Kroger/Butterfinger/Coffeemate Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place, Sunday April 3, 2016, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, VA (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet, leads Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 2, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, signs the Coors Light Pole Award backdrop after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 1, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia (Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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