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It’s still taking its sweet time to arrive North American dealerships, but this sports car will be this season’s official safety car for the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
Created for the upcoming Need For Speed movie, the customized Ford Mustang seen above will pace the season finale Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17.
General Motors president Mark Reuss will drive the Chevrolet SS pace car this weekend to begin the Daytona 500.
Next weekend, September 10th, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway will feature two special American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Camaro SS pace cars to raise awareness.
GM Chevrolet pledges to further support the cause by donating $200 for every caution lap the pink Camaro SS pace cars perform. Moreover, Chevrolet will participate in other American Cancer Society “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” events as well.
It’s an unfortunate color for a Camaro SS, but who can say no to such an important cause?
Taking a page from the Ford Mustang playbook, GM is set to launch a torrent of Chevrolet Camaro special editions on a bi-annual basis. After the Camaro ZL1 will be a special edition Camaro based on the car set to appear in the newest Transformers movie, followed by a replica Indy 500 pace car, and then a Camaro Synergy model, which will give V6 buyers all of the V8s performance upgrades sans the small-block mill – sort of like the previous Camaro RS models.
Those new models should carry the car through to 2014, but after that, it’s anyones guess. While so many variants may prove to be distracting, it’s also a cost effective way to keep the Camaro fresh long after the novelty of the car has worn off, and “early adopters” have snapped up the car during the initial excitement.
[Source: Automotive News]
Formula 1′s ubiquitous safety car, deployed whenever an accident takes place, was present for its 250th Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi last weekend.
Known as a pace car in American race series, the safety car has been used on and off since 1973 but became a permanent fixture in 1996. The safety cars have generally been Mercedes-Benz AMG vehicles, including a C36, SLK55, CL63, SL63 and finally, an SLS AMG Gullwing. Over the 250 races, the safety car has been deployed 135 times.
Chevrolet has a lot of experience stuffing bigger engines into Corvettes, Camaros and other factory hot rods, but this may well be the first and last time the subcompact Spark gets the same treatment.
In order to give the Spark enough oomph to properly pace the FIA World Touring Car Championship field, the engineers at Chevrolet have found a way to bolt up the larger 140 horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine out of the Cruze (which goes on sale in the United States this fall), replacing the smaller sub-100 horsepower engine options that normally live under the Spark’s hood.
The WTCC “Super Spark” is scheduled to make its first appearance during the World Touring Car event at Zolder, Belgium coming up this weekend (June 19-20). But for those of you lucky enough to have attended the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past weekend, you may have spotted the turbocharged Spark pace car on display along side Chevy’s WTCC Cruze and its awesome GT2 C6.R Corvettes. As we reported earlier today, the GT2 Corvettes ran strong during this year’s Le Mans, the #64 car leading the class as late as the 17th hour, but unfortunately both cars retired before the end of the race due to engine problems.
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