Chevrolet's race car entry in 2013 NASCAR
As Chevrolet’s first V8, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan since 1996, the new Chevrolet SS is designed to deliver performance on the street and on the track. The 2014 Chevrolet SS held its debut at the Daytona International Speedway as it will also be the brand's race car in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
The Chevrolet SS is powered by the 6.3-liter LS3 Chevrolet V8 and is expected to deliver 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. The V8 is married to a six-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted manually using TAPshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. It can accelerate the car from 0 to 100 km/h in about five seconds. To ensure that it turns and stops as well as it accelerates it is fitted with 355mm ventilated Brembo rotor brakes with four-piston front calipers.
“Our goal was to create a car that delivers incredible grip and handling balance while cornering, while still being comfortable to drive on the road,” said David Leone, executive chief engineer GM global programs. “The perfect weight balance and lower center of gravity were a big part of that goal because it enabled the team to tune for a more comfortable highway ride without sacrificing handling or driver confidence while cornering at the limits.”
Aside from the staggered front and rear wheels, aluminum hood that features a subtle 'power bulge', and the aerodynamically tapered teardrop shaped rear end that gives the car that muscular stance, it also comes with a long list of technology features as standard equipment including Chevrolet's Automatic Parking Assist, which provides a hands-free parking assistant.