Monday, November 11, 2013

Chevy's 2014 COPO Camaro Looks Like A Winner

Chevrolet's upcoming 2014 COPO Camaro was unveiled at the SEMA show and we're sure that they're turning heads!

These are great looking cars! But, what makes the limited production factory COPO Camaro so unique is that each race car is hand built on the same body shells that professional racers purchase from Chevrolet Performance. The COPO-specific parts are built for each car and include NHRA-approved roll cage, solid rear axle system and chassis and suspension components that are rated for performance racing.

2014 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
The 2014 limited production COPO Camaro will offer two race engine choices, including a new naturally aspirated 427 engine as well as a supercharged (2.9L Whipple screw-type supercharger) version of the 350 engine. Naturally aspirated 350 and 396 engines are also available.

Customers will need to select the engine based on their intended NHRA racing class. Chevrolet is also offering an option where customers with big pockets can purchase all four engines, each serialized to match the car!

To purchase one of the exclusive COPO Camaro's, potential customers must sign up for the COPO Camaro mailing list at Chevrolet Performance's website (see link below).

Serial number 1 of the limited-production run is a one-of-a-kind, painted in a beautiful metallic ice blue, which will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson’s annual auction in Scottsdale, Arizona this January. Proceeds of the Barrett auction will benefit the Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, an organization dedicated to helping wounded veterans.

Only 69 race cars will be built for NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock competition, and they will all carry the new styling of the 2014 COPO Camaro.

And, there's now great news for those wanting to take advantage of the great power of the high-performance COPO Camaro engines. The same race engines used in the COPO Camaro production race cars are available as crate engines for racers building their own Camaro race cars. Each of the new crate engines is engineered for NHRA’s Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes.

The COPO crate engines available for 2014 include:

  • 427 7.0L naturally aspirated engine
  • 5.3L supercharged 327 engine with Whipple twin-screw 2.9L supercharger 
  • 5.3L supercharged 327 engine with 4.0L Whipple supercharger
  • 396-cubic-inch naturally aspirated engine
  • 350-cubic-inch naturally aspirated engine

Each high-performance engine is hand assembled at GM’s racing engine shop in Wixom, Michigan.

RESOURCES:
achillesinternational.org - Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans
barrett-jackson.com - Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ
chevroletperformance.com - Chevrolet Performance's COPO Camaro (use link to sign up)
nhra.com - National Hot Rod Association

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Andrea L. Algar is co-owner of a classic car performance and restoration design shop in Leesville, Texas. Motorheads Performance specializes in repairs, maintenance, performance upgrades and restorative work on cars and trucks from the 1920’s through 1970’s. Her husband Guy L. Algar is a Mechanical Engineer with over 25 years experience. He holds 5 ASE Certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and has been working on old cars and trucks for over 37 years. Together they share their passion for old cars and trucks with other enthusiasts from around the country.

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