2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Gets The Stock Car Treatment For NASCAR Xfinity Series3
No, the Chevrolet SS isn’t going anywhere yet. We don’t know what will replace the four-door muscle sedan in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but Chevrolet has something new for the Xfinity Series.
Chevrolet released the first photo of its 2017 Chevrolet Camaro stock car, based on the 2016 Camaro SS. Of course, there’s nothing stock about it, because those are the rules of NASCAR these days. That means the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 sits this one out.
Instead, the competitive advantage comes from a modified nose and hood, which is supposedly much more aerodynamic.
The sixth-generation Camaro stock car is a proper followup to the fifth-generation car’s debut in 2013 for the series. The 2017 Camaro stock car will hit the starting grid this coming February at Daytona.
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Well, we don’t *know* this isn’t what will replace the Chevrolet SS at NASCAR Sprint Cup. It might… this could be a trial balloon.
I think everyone hopes that Impala SS becomes a CTS luxury delete – and that goes on to NASCAR. I could ask for a wagon, but then I’d seem like “that guy.” And who wants to be that guy?
I’ll be that guy with you, ha!
What we do know is the Camaro will not follow into the Cup Series. NASCAR has made it clear they want the pony cars in Nextel to help draw attention and the Cup Series is now for all intents a sedan series.
What we do not know is what sedan will replace the car in the Cup series yet.
Could it be something as simple as the Bu? Ehh?
Could they use the present Impala/ Unlikely as it is due to be replaced soon.
Could it be an Impala based on the new Lacrosse platform? Could be.
Best yet a Alpha based Impala sedan that could be offered in lower volumes but yet in 4-6 and a SS V8? Mark Ruess as made it clear they race what they build in RWD in the series will this continue to be the precedent? Stay tuned.
We should know that GM will present their plans around August. NASCAR will sign off this winter on approval. And then in the spring we should see cars in camo wraps on the track testing.
That is how this works and just what path GM takes will be interesting to watch. Much can be learned of their production plans in watching what they do here.
The one thing for sure is it will not be a Camaro.