Chevrolet unveils Gen Six COPO Camaro at the 2015 SEMA Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 4, 2015

Chevrolet presented the new Gen Six COPO Camaro at the 2015 SEMA Show with the help of the NHRA Camaro Funny Car driver Courtney Force. They teamed up to create a unique custom appearance for the 2016 COPO Camaro SEMA show car.

The finished product will be auctioned at a Barrett-Jackson sale in 2016, the proceeds of which will be donated to the United Way Foundation. The 69 COPO Camaro race cars for 2016 will be assembled by Chevrolet, which continues the legacy that started with the fifth-generation Camaro in 2012.

The all new COPO Camaro is specifically designed for NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes, similar to earlier editions. According to Jim Campbell, VP of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports at Chevrolet U.S., the new Gen Six Camaro starts the next period of an historic racing legacy.

He also said that it was an honor for them to have Courtney Force on Team Chevy. Built from a lightweight and tougher body structure of the Gen Six and with extensive computer-aided engineering, the 2016 COPO Camaro’s structural rigidity was increased by 28 percent and body-in-white mass was reduced by 133 pounds (60.5 kg).

With reduced amount of mass, improved strength and the body’s sleeker profile in the wind, racers are given more advantages. The new 2016 COPO Camaro undeniably has greater aerodynamic performance compared to the fifth-generation Camaro.

The exterior of the show car is painted in a Red Hot color along with Courtney Force-signature graphics and red-accented grille trim. The car is equipped with a concept 350 racing engine with a Whipple 2.9L supercharger, covered by a carbon fiber high-rise hood.

It also includes wheelie bars and a parachute as well as a Goodyear racing tires attached on a Weld lightweight racing wheels. Courtney Force said during the SEMA show that she was very grateful and honored to work with Chevrolet in designing the 2016 COPO Camaro.

She also mentioned that the bright red color and signature slash marks towards the back of the car carried her Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car to the COPO Camaro which she thinks “is really cool”. Courtney Force described this as “an awesome project” since proceeds from the car will go to charity and will benefit the United Way Foundation.

On the other hand, the interior of the COPO show car is made up of an NHRA-certified chrome-moly roll cage. The lightweight racing bucket seats are personalized with the COPO logo and Courtney Force’s signature. It also comes with five-point safety harnesses and a floor-mounted shifter.

The instrument panel consists of racing gauges and a competition switch panel. The COPO race car has a racing chassis and suspension components, including a unique solid rear axle system instead of a regular-production Camaro’s independent rear axle.

With regards to horsepower, racers can choose from a wide range of supercharged and naturally aspirated LS- and LT-family engines according to their NHRA Stock and Super Stock classes. Drivers can either choose a supercharged 350 (5.7L), a naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) engine, or an all-new LT-based 376 (6.2L) engine.

The engines come with a racing-prepped Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission. Every COPO Camaro race car is hand-made, ranging from the making of its hardware and its white body meant for the production models.

To purchase one of the 69 2016 COPO Camaro race cars, racers must register at chevrolet.com/performance/copo-camaro. Purchasers will be randomly selected from the pool of interested customers by an independent third-party committee.

Press Release

CHEVROLET INTRODUCES GEN SIX COPO CAMARO

With assistance from NHRA Camaro Funny Car driver Courtney Force, Chevrolet introduced the Gen Six COPO Camaro today at the SEMA Show.

After visiting the COPO build center, Force collaborated with Chevrolet designers to create a custom appearance for the 2016 COPO Camaro SEMA show car. It will be auctioned at a Barrett-Jackson sale in 2016, with the proceeds going to United Way.

Chevrolet will build 69 COPO Camaro race cars for 2016, extending the production legacy that began in 2012 with the fifth-generation Camaro. Like the previous editions, the new COPO Camaro is designed for NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes.

“With the new Gen Six Camaro as its foundation, the 2016 COPO Camaro begins the next chapter of an historic racing legacy,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It’s great to have Courtney Force on Team Chevy and to work with her on the design of the new COPO Camaro show car. Most important, her effort will help raise money for a great cause.”

The 2016 COPO Camaro benefits from the lighter and stronger body structure of the Gen Six. Extensive computer-aided engineering helped increase structural rigidity by 28 percent, while the body-in-white mass was reduced by 133 pounds (60.5 kg).

Less mass and greater strength, along with the body’s sleeker profile in the wind, will help give racers an edge. It offers greater aerodynamic performance than the fifth-generation Camaro.

The show car features a Red Hot exterior color with Courtney Force-signature graphics and red-accented grille trim. Under its carbon fiber high-rise hood is a concept 350 racing engine with a Whipple 2.9L supercharger.

“I was extremely honored to work with Chevrolet and help design the 2016 COPO Camaro we unveiled today at the SEMA show,” said Courtney Force. “The bright red color and the signature slash marks towards the back on the car bring a part of my Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car to the COPO Camaro, which I think is really cool. The proceeds from this car go to a great cause and benefit the United Way Foundation, so it's an awesome project all around."

The car’s exterior cues also include wheelie bars and a parachute, along with Goodyear racing tires mounted on Weld lightweight racing wheels.

Inside, the COPO show car features an NHRA-certified chrome-moly roll cage, lightweight racing bucket seats personalized with the COPO logo and Courtney Force’s signature, five-point safety harnesses and a floor-mounted shifter. The instrument panel contains racing gauges and a competition switch panel.

The production COPO race cars will be fitted with racing chassis and suspension components, including a unique solid rear axle system in place of a regular-production Camaro’s independent rear axle. Details include:

Lightweight, adjustable strut-type front suspension
Four-link rear suspension with adjustable coil-overs, Panhard bar and stabilizer bar
Rear axle with an aluminum center section featuring a spool-type differential and 40-spline gun-drilled axle shafts
Lightweight, racing-type four-wheel disc brakes (un-assisted)
Un-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system
Fuel cell with built-in high-pressure fuel pump
Unique racing wire harness.
When it comes to horsepower, racers can select from a variety of supercharged and naturally aspirated LS- and LT-family engines based on their intended NHRA Stock and Super Stock classes, including a supercharged 350 (5.7L), a naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) engine and an all-new LT-based 376 (6.2L) engine. The engines are backed by a racing-prepped Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission.

Each COPO Camaro race car is built by hand starting with production hardware, including the same body in white used for production models.

Racers interested in purchasing one of the 69 2016 COPO Camaro race cars must register at chevrolet.com/performance/copo-camaro. An independent third-party will randomly select purchasers from the pool of interested customers.

Enthusiasts can also follow updates on the 2016 COPO Camaro program at theBlock.com.

The new COPO Camaro show car is one of more than 20 Chevrolet concept and production vehicles on display this week at the SEMA Show.

 

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