• Jun 11th 2010 at 3:57PM
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Chevrolet Spark turbo – Click above to enlarge
Chevrolet has built a special edition of its new Spark runabout for use as a pace car during World Touring Car Championship races this year. The Spark is powered by the new 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four that will power the Cruze when it goes on sale in the United States this fall. The turbo-four produces 140 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque while standard production Sparks are powered by 1.0 or 1.2-liter engines generating 67 and 80 hp, respectively, so this figures to indeed be a significantly hotter drive. The Spark turbo will make its first WTCC appearance during the event at Zolder, Belgium on June 19-20.

Before it gets down to business, the Spark and a WTCC Cruze will be displayed with the Corvette C6.R at the kickoff of this week's activities for the 24 hours of Le Mans. The GT2 Corvettes ran second and third in the opening qualifying session on Wednesday.

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Chevrolet Corvette Racing At Le Mans Receives Family's Support
The Cruze WTCC and the new Spark WTCC Leading Car paid a visit to the C6.R GT2


ZURICH – LE MANS, 9th June 2010 - The entire Chevrolet family is this week behind the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2 which is participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the greatest endurance race in the world. The iconic Chevy sports car, after having dominated the GT-1 scene for many years, is making its debut in the highly-competitive GT-2 class. The two Chevrolet Corvettes entered in Le Mans will be driven by Magnussen-O'Connell-García and Gavin-Beretta-Collard.

The Chevrolet Corvette C6.R has recently received on the French track the well-wishing visit of her two cousins, the Cruze WTCC, the current leader in both the Drivers and Manufacturers categories of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), and the youngest member of the family, the Spark WTCC Leading Car.

This spiced version of the Chevrolet's city car, equipped with a 1.4 turbo and 140 hp engine, has been entrusted the key task of leading the pack in the WTCC, as it will be the official leading car in selected events of the series. The Spark WTCC Leading Car will be displayed in public for the first time at the WTCC round in Zolder on 19-20 June. It will carry a sparking red livery, but only for that occasion. Its definitive "dress" will be the winning design of this year's 'Young? Creative? Chevrolet!' contest for young artist throughout Europe.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      A quote from page 16 of the July issue of Automobile Magazine: "'There are three things you can see from space: the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, and the headlamps on a Chevy Spark."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Almost double the power and torque of the regular Spark? Could be fun if the rest of the car is uprated as much as the engine. I could be lured into a car like this or the Fit if there were some good hardware available to the buyer. Higher spec engine, brakes, suspension and trans/diff would make for an entertaining ride.
      • 5 Years Ago
      * however, after tech inspection, the Risi Ferrari that was in P1 after final qualifying was dropped to the back of the field after finding an illegality in the wing, leaving Corvette Racing's GT-2 cars in P1 and P2
        • 5 Years Ago
        Risi started at the rear of the field at Sebring in 2009 after some other infringement and still won. Starting position isn't all that important, its nice to be on pole however and either Jamie or Bruni will push to the front of GT2 by the first pit stop...

        They should make the Spark with this engine and sell it in the US!
        • 5 Years Ago
        yep, pretty big fact that AB left out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That WTCC Cruze looks pretty damn good. Hopefully we get something similar-looking in the U.S. minus the wing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM has a sense of humor, I see.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder about the torque steer, as pointed out elsewhere, the 1.4 liter engine has 90% more torque than the Spark's current most powerful engine:

      SOURCE: http://www.motobullet.com/news.php?id=10283

      The power is right between the MINI Cooper and the Cooper S, so power wise it would be nice, but a MINI is always cooler.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The iconic Chevy sports car," - The PR guy didnt read the memo :-)

      BTW : is the beat SS is RWD or FWD ? ( i think the cruze WTCC is rwd )

        • 5 Years Ago

        @XGM and @Elmo:

        1.8 and WTCC versions are different.

        different engines


        I still suspect its RWD.

        @Elmo : i was saying ,
        ""The iconic chevrolet sports car," than Chevy ;-)

        • 5 Years Ago
        The WTCC Cruze is FWD actually. Full specs are on the FIA WTCC site - http://www.fiawtcc.com/Cars_Details.asp?idCar=19

        Also if the Cobalt SS is anything to go by, a Cruze SS could be one heck of a performance car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Cruze WTCC is FWD.


        First of all, that save is essentially impossible in a RWD car. Second of all, the announcer goes on and on about how the car is FWD. Third of all, Plato (the driver) mentions he got hard on the gas, which you don't do in a skid in an RWD car.

        I strongly suspect you are mistaken about the WTCC Cruze (Lacetti) being RWD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Moron, what did I just say? WTCC is a production-based series. ALL of the cars are on their production platforms with just a few tweeks to strengthen them.

        The Cruze, in production form, is FWD. Engines DO NOT constitute a different driveline.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @spin cycle

        The Lacetti is based in a Daewoo platform, not a GM platform (Delta II). So don't refer to the Cruze as a Lacetti, please.
        • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        My mistake. I actually thought the car he drove the same car both seasons with different names applied to it. Which is why I used that video as an example of the drivetrain layout of the WTCC Cruze.

        But in actuality, he drove a Lacetti in 2009 and in that video and in 2010 he drove a Cruze. And I just confused the two because they were painted kind of similarly.

        So my video doesn't really prove the WTCC Cruze is FWD even though I know it is.

        And so called the Cruze a Lacetti mistakenly. Sorry about that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, the new Cruze is built on a GM Delta II platform.

        PS: In Korea, the new Cruze is called the Daewoo Lacetti Premiere.
        • 5 Years Ago
        These are production based cars. The Cruze WTCC is FWD just like its production counterpart. The whole field in WTCC is FWD now that BMW dropped out.

        Anyway, is this just a prototype or is this going to be an actual production car? Be a great competitor to other high performance super-minis.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you're one of those PC People, can you still say Chevy?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nothing like a pair of race cars to accentuate how much of a stubby little clown car this is.

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