On the third year of the COPO Camaro program by Chevrolet Performance in 2014, we will see another limited run of factory-produced race cars and a couple of new racing engine options. To buy one of the exclusive models, customers have to go to chevroletperformance.com and sign up for the COPO Camaro mailing list. Just like the programs in the previous couple of years, only 69 race cars will be made for the NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock contest.
They will have the unique updated styling of the 2014 Camaro range, which include new front and rear fascias. Chevrolet Performance will auction off serial number 1 of the limited-production run (the only one to have Ice Blue Metallic paint) this January at Barrett-Jackson’s annual event in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The beneficiary of this auction is the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, an organization created to help wounded veterans participate in marathons and share their success within a supportive community and their families. Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports, said that the COPO helps sportsman racers in the U.S. win. He said that the 2014 car will have new engines, making them more competitive.
Every COPO Camaro race car is built by hand. The General Motors Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant supplies the hardware. This is the manufacturer of regular-production Camaros, which include the same body in white body shells (part number 19243374) racers can buy from Chevrolet Performance, together with other COPO-specific parts, to make their own dedicated race car.
Every production car comes with an NHRA-approved roll cage as well as other safety equipment. It also gets racing chassis and suspension components. So instead of a regular-production Camaro’s independent rear axle, the vehicle gets a one-of-a-kind solid rear axle system.