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.