COPO CAMARO



COPO (2013)

The 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.

With 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
    299-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 retailers.

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.




 

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