We don’t talk much about NASCAR here at Moto Networks. However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have the utmost respect for what it is. Any vehicle and any driver that can fly around a track in excess of 200mph while only being inches away from other competitors is pretty impressive. Especially considering a NASCAR is one of the most analog forms of high-end motorsport on the planet.

NASCAR prides itself on modeling the race cars after actual cars you might see driving along the highway. For the past few years, the car that represented the Chevrolets of the world was the SS, but since that’s been discontinued Chevy had to bring another car in to replace it, and they picked a damn good one too. The car they chose was the ZL1 Camaro, and the end result might be the best looking NASCAR I’ve ever seen. I think it’s great that they’re bringing back the Muscle Car segment to the sport because that’s what it used to be based around.

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The Camaro has been used in the Xfinity Series since 2013, but it never made the jump to the big leagues until now. Now granted, there is almost nothing on the race car that was carried over from the street car with the exception of the resemblance. But that’s nothing new. Underneath is still a full tube chassis with an extremely high-horsepower naturally aspirated V8 that’s capable of running at over 200mph for an entire race, which can be as much as 500 miles or more.

The resemblance though, that’s what matters. That’s what die-hard NASCAR fans can relate to, especially if they are already “brand loyal.” Where you’ll notice the most similarities is going to be the front of the car without question. Designers worked tirelessly to make sure that It looks almost identical to the street car, only a lot more aerodynamic. It even has the “shaker style” hood that resembles the real thing, which I personally thought was a nice touch. Some of the edges are a bit rounder, with fewer pockets for air to get trapped in because the last thing you want when traveling at those speeds, in that close of proximity to other drivers, is to hit a patch of “turbulence” and send the car into a wobble.

Maybe the fact that I’m a Chevrolet fan myself, or because I’m a sucker for that gorgeous shade of blue, but I just had to talk briefly about this new ZL1 NASCAR and how I genuinely feel it’s the best-looking race car to hit the circle tracks since the old days where “stock cars,” actually meant stock cars. I have to admit, it would be pretty cool for Ford and Dodge to follow suit and bring variations of the Mustang and Challenger to the NASCAR circuit. The 2018 season doesn’t start until February so who knows, maybe it’ll happen.

Photo: roadandtrack
Photo: roadandtrack
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The outgoing Chevy SS NASCAR
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