The Chevrolet Sonic B-Spec race car

General Motors announces new Chevrolet Sonic B-Spec race car

General Motors announced today that among the vehicles unveiled at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas will be the new Chevrolet Sonic B-Spec race car that will go head to head in a near-stock race class in the SCCA featuring subcompacts like the Ford Fiesta, the Fiat 500, and the Kia Rio – giving Chevrolet their first entry into this budding budget racing class.

The Chevrolet Sonic B-Spec race car has been designed to conform to the series rules for the B-Spec “stock” classes for the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and the Grand Am Series. The Sonic B-Spec will compete in the SCCA TCB class against those three popular subcompacts mentioned above plus the Mazda 2 and the Honda Fit. This class is comprised of cars with near-stock drivetrains, lightly modified adjustable suspension systems (with strict guidelines as to what is permitted), racing wheels/tires and an interior that has been stripped out and filled with only the base safety essentials. The idea is that by purchasing the B-Spec package, Sonic owners can equip their cars up for their favorite weekend racing series without performing modifications to the vehicle that cost a fortune – or that make the car undrivable on public roads.

“Sonic B-Spec concept demonstrates the car’s capabilities in the increasingly popular B-Spec subcompact classes in SCCA and Grand Am series,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Sonic’s great balance of power and responsive handling make it a natural on the track – and a formidable competitor.”


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It's not clear to me from the article - is this going to be a factory option or is this just s show car to model what a B-spec Sonic would look like?