No, it’s not likely that the 2013 Chevy Camaro will be getting a turbocharged engine anytime soon; however, it will be starring in a new film from DreamWorks Animation, in which it will help a snail named “Turbo” attempt to become the very first member of the species Helix aspersa to win the Indy 500. The eponymously named movie is slated to open July 17, 2013, and features the voice of Ryan Reynolds as Turbo; also in the cast will be the likes of Paul Giamatti, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader, Michelle Rodriguez, Ken Jeong, Samuel L. Jackson and the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg.
“Turbo is one of the most anticipated films of the summer, and we couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration, which aligns perfectly with Chevrolet’s renewed presence in INDYCAR,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Chevrolet. “Millions of future drivers will be inspired by Turbo to realize their dreams both big and small.”
Added Anne Globe, chief marketing officer for DreamWorks Animation: “In a film about a slow snail who dreams of being fast, who better than Chevrolet to give our hero his first taste of high-speed driving on the open road? Our relationship with Chevrolet … is a natural fit that adds a layer of authenticity to this wild ride of a story.”
That’s no boast about authenticity, either: This weekend, racer Tony Kanaan relied on a turbocharged V6 engine from Chevrolet to win the 2013 Indy 500.
“Congratulations to Tony Kanaan and the No. 11 Chevrolet-powered KV Racing Technology team for winning the 2013 Indianapolis 500,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Tony drove a great race, and the team executed flawlessly. Their total focus was on driving to the front of the field. Tony and the No. 11 team demonstrated tremendous teamwork, perseverance and a never-give-up-attitude all day.”