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April 23, 2014

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Chevy unveils new Sprint Cup car in Las Vegas

Over the past several years, one of the most frequently heard complaints from NASCAR fans is that Sprint Cup cars hardly resemble the street models as they once did. Well, NASCAR, in partnership with the auto manufacturers, has started to address this issue. Starting with the 2013 season, the one-size-fits-all Car of Tomorrow will go by the wayside and be replaced by cars with designs that more closely resembling their street counterparts.

Chevrolet introduced its new entry today in Las Vegas. Next season the stable of Chevy drivers in the Cup series will be driving the new Chevrolet SS. The street version of the SS will have V8 power and rear-wheel drive. But that’s not the only similarity it will have to the Cup version. The new race car will also follow, as closely as possible, the design lines of the street sedan. At the unveiling today, a graphic was presented that overlapped the outlines of the street car and the race car. The basic shapes are nearly identical. I think Jeff Gordon said it best today: “The race car should look like the street car on steroids.”

Will this news car along with the new Ford and Toyota entries curb fan’s complaints that the current cars look nothing like what you buy in the showroom? Will the new cars be more distinguishable from one another on the track? Frankly, I’d like to see the manufacturers make street versions that look more like the Cup versions.

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