Chevrolet to offer Camaro NHRA-certified rolling chassis

Article by Anita Panait, on March 27, 2013

Chevrolet will build a limited number of Camaro NHRA-certified rolling chassis developed for drag racing.  The Camaro NHRA-certified rolling chassis provides consumer/racers with assembled, painted body and chassis ready to be finished. Consumers only have to install their engine, transmission and other drivetrain components.

Consumers could complete their drag racing cars by availing of the components -- crate engines, racing engine components and electronics -- directly from Chevrolet Performance. They could view the catalog online at chevroletperformance.com. Customers just need to call 1-800-306-3005 to order a Camaro rolling chassis.

The call center will then send purchase certificates for the limited number of rolling chassis to be constructed. Customers will then take the certificates to the Chevrolet dealerships of their choice to complete the sales.

All rolling chassis come in Summit White, with a production Camaro hood and SS grille, production window glass, headlamps, tail lamps and more. Included are racing seats, a production-style instrument panel, steering wheel and racing switch panel, as well as door panels, headliner and black carpeting.

Although basic body and chassis wiring is built into the rolling chassis, it does not come with engine harnesses or a battery. Chevrolet is assembling the Camaro NHRA-certified rolling chassis by hand at the same site that builds its COPO Camaro production race cars. The rolling chassis will be available starting March 28, 2013 at $55,000.

Chevrolet Camaro has a long hood and a short deck that are pushed to its muscular fender forms’ far corners. It also features a fast 67-deg. rake windshield that contributes to its aerodynamic performance, which includes a drag coefficient of 0.37 Cd on the V-6 model and a sleeker 0.35 Cd on the V-8 SS version.

The Camaro’s wheel arch openings were given special attention during the design process. Regardless of whether your Camaro has the standard 18” wheels, or the optional 19” or 20” ones, the relationship between the tire’s top tire and its fender’s bottom is consistent across all models. All Camaro versions also feature classic "V" design in their nose, together with a 2.5” power dome in their aluminum hood. The SS models feature a simulated air intake in their upper front fascia. Their lower air intake is also larger.

Taking a cue from the Chevrolet Corvette, the designers sculpted twin cockpits on the roof, giving the Camaro a distinctive Chevrolet presence. The car’s B-pillar cannot be seen and this lends a hardtop coupe appearance to it. This B-pillar was designed to give the car increased structural rigidity. And in order to ensure manufacturing quality, a one-piece body stamping gives a cleaner overall side look that is seamless and is free of gaps and plastic appliqués. The car also has the typically Camaro "gills" that are found in the front of its rear quarter panel.

You can choose from 10 available exterior colors, including Black, Rally Yellow, Victory Red, Cyber Gray Metallic, Inferno Orange Metallic, Aqua Blue Metallic, White and Imperial Blue Metallic, and Silver Ice Metallic. Also available as an option is Red Jewel Tintcoat. An RS appearance package on the LT and SS models are available. This package includes HID headlamps plus integrated halo rings, specific taillamps, 20” wheels in Midnight Silver finish, and a rear spoiler on LT.

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