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LAS VEGAS – Chevrolet Performance’s COPO Camaro program returns for 2014 with another limited run of factory-produced race cars and a pair of new racing engine choices. To purchase one of the exclusive models, potential customers must sign up for the COPO Camaro mailing list at chevroletperformance.com.
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 – the only one to be painted Ice Blue Metallic – will be auctioned by Chevrolet Performance at Barrett-Jackson’s annual January event in Scottsdale, Ariz. Proceeds 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.
“The COPO is helping sportsman racers around the country put the Chevrolet bowtie in the winner’s circle and the 2014 cars will be even more competitive with the new engines,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports. “But the only way to get one of the new race cars is get your name on the COPO mailing list at chevroletperformance.com.”
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) racers 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 introduced in 2013. It will feature a 2.9L Whipple screw-type supercharger. Naturally aspirated 350 and 396 engines are also available. Customers select the engine based on their intended NHRA racing class. They can also purchase all four engines, each serialized to match the car.
The 2014 COPO Camaro also includes new racing seats, updated graphics and a new, available wheel design.
“The COPO Camaro contingent was strong at the first Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in 2013 and we expect an even larger turnout with the new cars in 2014,” said Campbell. “The new engines will make the racing more exciting and COPO drivers more competitive.”
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 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.
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.
Serious performance enthusiasts will appreciate the combination of Chevrolet Performance parts and Chevrolet Accessories used to create the Garage Camaro concept, which is based on the production Camaro SS. It’s a track-oriented car, incorporating performance and suspension components from the all-new Z/28 – and a few from the ZL1.
The exterior is enhanced with a ground effects package, Chevrolet Accessories rear spoiler and grille, RS headlamps and taillamps, blacked-out mirrors and rear diffuser, and Chevrolet Accessories satin-black 10-spoke Track Pack wheels. “Chevrolet Performance” graphics adorn the rockers and windshield header.
Brakes and a short-throw shifter from the Camaro ZL1 come straight out of the Chevrolet Performance catalog and are available through Chevrolet dealers, while the following Z/28 parts are being evaluated by Chevrolet Performance for future release:
“Shorty” exhaust headers and 2.75-inch exhaust system
Front ride/handling links
Rear upper control arms
Helical differential with internal cooling system
Racing-derived DSSV® (Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve) dampers.
Continuing a tradition of introducing special-edition production models at the SEMA Show, Chevrolet introduces the 2014 Spring Special Edition. Shown in its Camaro SS convertible version, the limited-production package will be offered in uplevel 2LT and 2SS trims distinguished by:
Summit White exterior with Blue Ray stripe – including hood louver painted Blue Ray
Body-color ZL1 spoiler
Chevrolet Accessories ground effects package and grille
Chevrolet Accessories 21-inch wheels
RS high-intensity discharge, or HID, headlamps and light-emitting diode, or LED, taillamps
Blue fabric top on convertible models
Blue-accent leather-appointed interior with blue stitching
White interior trim kit with Blue Ray stripe
Chevrolet Accessories floor mats (black with silver Camaro logo).
LT models include the direct-injected, 323-horsepower V-6 engine, while SS models include a 6.2L V-8 rated at 426 horsepower when paired with the six-speed manual transmission or 400 horses with the available six-speed automatic.
Chevrolet Performance Camaro V-8 Concept
This one-of-a-kind concept car showcases the personalization and performance possibilities with Chevrolet Performance parts and accessories, from its performance air intake to its concept Z/28 exhaust. Many components are available through Chevrolet dealers, including::
Ground effects package
Chevrolet Accessories rear spoiler
Blacked-out badges, mirrors and rear diffuser
Body-color hood louver
Chevrolet Accessories 45th anniversary wheels in black
Chevrolet Accessories grille in black
Hood wrapped with body-color stripe
RS headlamps and taillamps
Chevrolet Performance rocker decals and windshield header
Chevrolet Performance armrests, door sills, pedal kit, floor mats and ambient lighting kit
RECARO® performance seats with Mojave stitching
Chevrolet Performance instrument panel decal and sill plate
Instrument panel, door, steering wheel and armrest with Mojave stitching
Soft-touch black interior bezels.
On the performance side, this Camaro concept incorporates a performance air intake, ZL1 brake kit and ZL1 short-throw shifter, along with these concept parts from the 2014 Camaro Z/28:
2.75-Inch exhaust system
Front ride link
Rear upper control arms
Shorty exhaust headers
Helical differential with internal cooling system
Chevrolet Performance Camaro V-6 concept
With 323 horsepower from its direct-injected, DOHC V-6, the Camaro doesn’t need a V-8 to be considered a performance car, and this Chevrolet Performance concept proves it with enhancements available through Chevrolet dealers that give it track-ready reflexes, including:
Brembo brake kit from the Camaro SS
Camaro 1LE suspension kit
Camaro 1LE strut tower brace
Borla performance exhaust system
20-inch black wheels (45th anniversary design).
The car also wears Z/28 rear upper control arms, which are being evaluated for the Chevrolet Performance catalog.
Exterior and interior appearance accessories lend a more athletic aesthetic to this more-capable Camaro. The exterior features a Chevrolet Accessories grille, front splitter and rear spoiler, along with “Chevrolet Performance” graphics. Inside, it is ready for the road course or street, with:
Chevrolet Accessories premium carpet floor mats
Chevrolet Accessories ambient lighting kit
Black trim bezels
Kicker® 200-Watt subwoofer and 200-Watt DSP amp available for MyLink
RECARO® performance seats
Flat-bottom performance steering wheel
Chevrolet Performance sill plates
Chevrolet Performance armrest
Chevrolet Accessories auxiliary gauge package
Instrument panel and door inserts wrapped with carbon-fiber weave
Door armrests and instrument panel inserts trimmed with black suede and Light Stone stitching
Chevrolet Accessories pedal kit
Chevrolet Accessories engine cover.