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In the Works: New Chevrolet Model for NASCAR

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General Motors announced that Chevrolet will scratch the Impala nameplate off its upcoming 2013 NASCAR model. The car manufacturer also said that the NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar series will closely resemble the showroom model, and will be released with a new nameplate for the Chevy lineup. The company plans to eventually market and sell the new models to the public.

New Chevy Model, Still in the Wraps

According to spokesman Monte Doran, the car’s dealership and racing versions will be unveiled this year, after the New York Auto Show this April. He also added the new car’s nameplate will not be a derivative of another model from the Chevy showroom, like the new Malibu or the redesigned Impala.

Although they’re not giving any more details, GM pointed out that they’re taking advantage of the new NASCAR rules which allow automakers to feature more of their brands’ identities in their race cars. According to Chevrolet’s Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Jim Campbell:

We are keeping the wraps on the new car for now and will continue to prepare for next season by testing camouflaged vehicles. We know that Chevrolet fans are eager to see the new race car and we hope that the prospect of being able to own one just like it will make the wait a little more bearable.

What the New Chevy Might Look Like

Considering how GM thinks, some racecar enthusiasts deem that the manufacturer will release another sedan. Additionally, the new model is more likely to be a front wheel drive, and it will offer a V8 engine.

It’s also possible that Chevrolet will revive its Caprice nameplate, which is also used for a rear-drive police car. There has been an on-and-off rumor in recent years that the automaker is planning to manufacture a Caprice-like Chevy model. The model uses the same rear-drive Australian platform used by the discontinued Pontiac G8. In case this will materialize, this will lead to Caprice’s civilian version.

Regardless, it’s a step towards the right direction wherein car manufacturers build racecars which resemble automobile that’s available to the public. As for its Impala sedan model, the automaker will redesign its aging technology by carving up the Cadillac XTS platform. It will be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant and is set to go on sale early next year as a 2014 model.

The Chevrolet Impala has raced in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series since 2007, after replacing its Monte Carlo nameplate, which is a full-sized coupe.

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