(Photos: General Motors) It had to happen…with the death of the Chevrolet SS sedan, a new body had to be chosen for the teams flying the Chevrolet flag in NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup series. That decision has been announced: for the 2018 season, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will be Chevrolet’s fielded model. It’s not a surprise, either…the Camaro SS has been in use in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series since 2013. What is a surprise, however, is how close the new ZL1 body actually resembles a production Camaro. Coming from someone who is fairly against NASCAR and loves to take pot-shots at the racing series, I have to give kudos where it’s due…at least someone is making efforts to getting the outside to actually look like a car instead of just another shape. It’s not exactly like a 2017 Camaro, but for NASCAR, it’s closer than most have been in the last twenty-five years:
So, let’s recap: a two-door car is back in the running for Chevrolet in NASCAR, that you can go down to the dealership and buy with a monster of a V8 engine and a manual transmission. That’s two cars in recent memory (the other being the recently departed SS) and prior to that…um…the 1973 Chevelle? NASCAR isn’t going to go back to production bodies ever, but at least there’s some kind of forward progress going on from a non-fan’s perspective.