Whatever your opinion of NASCAR, there’s no denying the similarity of the Chevrolet SS sedan and its NASCAR namesake — the Chevrolet SS Race Car — as seen in the image above (the green outlines the production model).
Granted, the four-door Zeta-based sedan and the tube-framed NASCAR race car are as mechanically similar as a Chevy Camaro is to an F16 jet — which is to say not at all. But the general shape of the SS, especially in the position of the headlights, the roofline, the overall profile, and even the wheel arches is, indeed, strikingly similar to the sedan U.S. drivers will be able to buy in showrooms.
According to those responsible for the design of the SS race car, details like the ones seen here haven’t graced a NASCAR in over a decade. And coincidentally, only Chevy can (currently) say that it races what it sells in the showroom… even though that would be stretching the actual relationship of the street car to the track car. But the fact remains that the general design-based similarity between the two vehicles brings more commonality to the SS nameplate… even though it would be so much cooler if NASCAR raced real cars based on production models. Wouldn’t you say?