There’s one thing particular about tempo automobiles. Regardless that they’re sometimes a advertising and marketing train by the automaker supplying them, it is nonetheless an event to see a notable mannequin in a particular, typically bespoke, livery main the pack on a famed circuit. It is one of many cornerstone traditions of race day.
This weekend, Chevrolet is trotting out not one, however three matching tempo automobiles for 3 huge races at Daytona Worldwide Speedway. Every one will put on the C8 Corvette’s fan favourite Fast Blue paint coloration. Because it occurs, the trio have one other commonality — all make the most of a model of Chevrolet’s 6.2-liter small block V8. Mixed horsepower, 1,370.
First up is a Silverado 1500 RS. Its 420-horsepower EcoTec3 V8 will assist hold the observe secure on the Tenting World Truck Sequence’ NextEra Power 250 on Friday, February 12.
The next day, February 13, will see a 2021 Camaro SS 1LE setting the tempo in — and that is precisely how NASCAR writes the race’s title — the Xfinity Sequence’ Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300. Say that thrice quick.
Lastly, on Sunday, Sunday, Sunday is the principle occasion, the Daytona 500. Whereas the earlier two races (no, we’re not going to put in writing their names once more) featured tempo automobiles who’ve similar-bodied race automobiles of their respective grids, the brand new Corvette Stingray will present the way in which to a subject of Camaro, Mustang, and Camry-bodied inventory automobiles.
Generally, tempo automobiles do grow to be collectible when a producer points a particular version, as Chevy has finished many occasions earlier than. Who might overlook the 1978 Indy Tempo Automobile version Corvette with its two-tone black-over-silver paint job, or the 1998 Corvette with its purple and yellow scheme? As a aspect notice, our favourite might be the 1969 Indy 500’s Camaro, which featured iconic orange stripes over a white-on-white convertible.
Whereas Chevy hasn’t introduced any plans to make any of this weekend’s tempo automobiles into particular editions, the Fast Blue seen on the Camaro is becoming a member of the mannequin’s palette in 2022.
Chevrolet has paced the Daytona 500 14 occasions for the reason that race’s inception in 1959, with the Corvette taking the consideration in six of them. Nevertheless, the bowtie model has received the precise race 24 occasions.