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.
The COPO is assisting sportsman racers around the nation to put the Chevrolet bowtie in the winner's circle and the 2014 vehicles will be significantly more competitive with the new engines. However, the only way to get one of the new race cars is to put your name on the COPO mailing list at tchevroletperformance.com.
Each COPO Camaro race car is produced by hand, starting with equipment from the General Motors Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant that creates regular-production Camaros. It has a similar body in white body shells (part number 19243374) that racers can purchase from Chevrolet Performance. It also comes with other COPO-particular parts needed to construct their own dedicated race car. Every manufactured vehicle is equipped with an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety gears, along with racing chassis and suspension components – which include an exclusive strong rear axle system in place of a standard-production Camaro's independent rear axle.
The recently designed racing engines include an overhauled version of the naturally-aspirated 427 engine and supercharged edition of the 350 engines debuted in 2013. It will include a 2.9L Whipple screw-type supercharger. Naturally aspirated 350 and 396 engines are likewise available. Clients choose the engine based on their intended NHRA racing class. They can likewise purchase every one of the four engines, each serialized to match the vehicle.
2014 COPO Camaro likewise includes new racing seats, enhanced graphics and a fresh, available wheel design.