Just take a look at that.

Yes, the vertigo-inducing checkerboard makes the image a bit tough to look at for too long, but can you guess what that that is you are looking at? Yes, it a NASCAR Sprint Cup race car. But it’s more than that.

When that car, which will be called a “Chevrolet SS” debuts at Daytona in 2012, it will be the first time in nearly 20 years that the race car Chevrolet will be fielding on the race track will actually represent a real rear-wheel drive car.

You heard that right. It has been 17 years since you could buy a rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet, but that’s going to end with the 2012 SS, which will be a car based on the Holden Commodore produced in Australia. General Motors says the 2014 model will appear in showrooms in late 2013 and will be a “limited production” model. Besides being badged as Chevrolet’s NASCAR entrant, the automaker says “The much anticipated Australian-built car will benefit from significant technology advances which enhance overall performance.” We can’t wait to see one in person.

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