Central Office Production Order (COPO) - Chevrolet’s vehicle
special-order program, means the Camaro can be ordered with as
many customizations as possible.
Chevy will only build 138 models
- 69 for the initial batch, and another 69 due to huge public demand;
so it’s safe to say that only a handful of lucky owners will get the
chance to own one. In addition, car number 69 will be the
one of only two convertible models built. More importantly, it will be
the only one to be handed to an actual owner because the other model,
car number 68, isn’t planned for public sale.
the COPO Camaro, there is a build number, but no VIN, so it can't
easily be registered, nor was it intended, for "on highway" use. It is
a purpose-built, non-street legal muscle car drag racer; the
1st new generation Chevrolet COPO Camaro in the 8's on the quarter
mile; 8.88 seconds @ 142.9 mph.
Interior of the 2013 COPO Camaro
Some of the 2013 COPO options were:
High-rise cowl-induction hood
Custom Aeromotive fuel system, with a fuel cell and integral high-pressure fuel pump
Full, chrome moly roll cage
Coil-over front suspension with Strange Engineering adjustable struts
Custom rear suspension, based on NHRA requirements, with Strange
Engineering shocks, Panhard bar and stabilizer bar
Strange Engineering S-9 solid rear axle with aluminum third member,
35-spline spool, 35-spline axles and 4.10 or 4.29 gear set
Lightweight, COPO-specific racing wheels
29×9-inch rear radial racing slicks and 4.5x28x15-inch front tires
Manual steering system
Strange Engineering lightweight racing brakes system with standard line lock.
2.9 or 4.0 Whipple twin screw supercharger
Hurst "Quarterstick" operated 2-spd. automatic
ATI "Pro Glide" automatic transmission, and torque converter designed
for the strip.
"A Stock" aluminum LS7-based (Holley) naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) V-8 small block.
"AA Stock" cast iron 2.9 supercharged, LSX-based 327 (5.3L) V-8
"A Super Stock" cast iron 4.0 supercharged, LSX-based 327 (5.3L) V-8
Items that all three COPO Camaro engines have in common
(2 blown LSX 327's and the naturally aspirated LS7 427): Callies 4340
H-beam Ultra rods, Callies crank shafts, Clevite H-Series heat-treated
tri-metal rod and main bearings, Mahle 2618 alloy forged domed pistons,
Mahle .043" x .043" x 3mm piston rings, Chevrolet Performance "Ceramic
Ball" high-rpm hydraulic roller tappets, 3/8" diameter LS7 pushrods,
1.8:1 ratio LS7 rocker arms with roller trunions, PSI "Max Life" beehive
valve springs, Hardened steel spring seats, Fully CNC'ed aluminum
cylinder heads based on LS7, 275 cc nominal intake port volume, 89 cc
nominal exhaust port volume, 70 cc nominal combustion chamber volume,
Del West titanium intake valves, Lightweight sodium-filled exhaust
valves, Fel-Pro Performance multi-layer steel head gaskets with raised
cylinder sealing bead, Internal wet sump oil pump, Deep-sump cast
aluminum oil pan w/ 6-quart capacity, and 304 stainless steel headers
with 2" x 30" primary with 30" merge collectors.
COPO - 2014
It is the third year for the COPO Camaro program and like the previous
two, only 69 race cars will be built for NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super
Stock competition. They will carry the distinctive, updated styling of
the 2014 Camaro lineup, including new front and rear fascias.
Serial number 1 of the limited-production run was the only one to be
painted Ice Blue Metallic, and will be auctioned by Chevrolet Performance
at Barrett-Jackson’s annual January event in Scottsdale, Ariz. Proceeds
to benefit the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, an organization
dedicated to helping wounded veterans participate in marathons and share
their success within a supportive community and their families.
Each COPO Camaro race car is built by hand, starting with hardware from
the General Motors Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant that manufactures
regular-production Camaros, including the same body in white body shells
(part number 19243374). Rracers can purchase from Chevrolet Performance,
along with other COPO-specific parts, to build their own dedicated race
car. Each production car is fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage and
other safety equipment, along with racing chassis and suspension
components; including a unique solid rear axle system in place of a
regular-production Camaro’s independent rear axle.
The newly designed racing engines include a revised version of the
naturally aspirated 427 engine and supercharged version of the 350
engine that was introduced in 2013. It will feature a 2.9L Whipple screw-type
supercharger. Naturally aspirated 350 and 396 engines are also
available. Customers can select the engine based on their intended NHRA
racing class. They can also purchase all four engines, each serialized
to match the car.
The same high-performance engines used in the COPO Camaro production
race cars are available as crate engines for racers building their own
Camaro race cars. Each is engineered for NHRA’s Stock Eliminator and
Super Stock classes, offering sportsman racers a range of
factory-developed-and-assembled racing engines
The 2014 COPO crate engine family grows to five for 2014 and includes a
naturally aspirated 427 7.0L engine, two 5.3L supercharged 327 engines,
a new combination using a Whipple twin-screw 2.9L supercharger and the
other using a 4.0L Whipple supercharger, and all-new 396-cubic-inch and
350-cubic-inch naturally aspirated engines. Each is assembled by hand
at GM’s Wixom, Mich., racing engine shop.
The 427, 396 and 350 engines are designed to cover NHRA’s Stock
Eliminator classes from E to AA. Curb weight adjustments are the primary
requirement for class qualification.
Chevrolet Performance engineers designed and tested the engines with
the same methods used to develop production engines, ensuring their
performance and durability. A Holley engine management system is
included with each engine.
The 2014 COPO Camaro also includes new racing seats, updated graphics and a new, available wheel design.
Chevrolet Performance’s “COPO Camaro Build Book” (part number
88958767) provides an insider’s look at the assembly of the production
race cars through hundreds of color photos. Additionally, the book
includes detailed specifications for NHRA classification and
descriptions of the aftermarket parts and their manufacturers used for
the production vehicles. Important start-up, warm-up and pre-/post-race
procedures are also included as well as fluid and maintenance
recommendations. The book is available from Chevrolet Performance
Racing enthusiasts interested in more information on the COPO program
can follow the latest COPO information at theblock.com, the online
automotive community powered by Chevrolet Performance.