Chevrolet is modeling its 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup car after the forthcoming 2014 SS sedan, but it’s taking a little different tact for its 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series car, and modeling it after a 2013 Camaro.
Admittedly, that resemblance is relegated mostly to the front clip, as surfaces aft of the cowl and A-pillars largely resemble Chevrolet’s present Nationwide Series car, which allegedly resembles an Impala SS. This isn’t surprising, as efforts made by Ford and Dodge to pattern their Nationwide cars after the Mustang and Challenger, respectively, are largely restrained to the front clip.
Even so, the Camaro’s front clip is a rather convincing replica of a street-going Camaro. Unlike the Nationwide Mustang, which apes the production car merely though decals, the Camaro’s front clip incorporates a number of three-dimensional elements to help it look like the real deal. According to Jim Campbell, vice president of Chevy’s Performance Vehicles and Motorsports operations, these cues include a recessed grille, prominent bowtie emblem, and power bulge hood.
“Our team of designers and aerodynamic engineers did a fantastic job capturing the looks and styling cues of the production Camaro while providing our NASCAR Nationwide teams with a highly competitive aero platform,” said Pat Suhy, manager of Chevrolet’s Racing Oval Track Group, in a prepared statement. “For the remainder of 2012, our engineers will work with our teams on wind tunnel and on-track testing to fine tune the car in preparation for next year.”
Few additional details or photos have been released at this time, but Chevrolet pledges the Nationwide Camaro should be ready for competition in time for next year’s season opener at Daytona. We’re just looking forward to seeing the Camaro, Mustang, and Challenger compete against one another for the first time since the Trans-Am series of the 1970s – even if these stock cars are anything but.