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COPO Camaro’s Hit the Track

I saw this awesome video on Youtube and I couldn’t help but share. It is one of the 69 newly released COPO Camaro’s with one of it’s first runs down the track at a blistering 8.88 seconds. Pretty awesome for being an out of the box drag car from Chevrolet. This particular one is said to be #3 of the production with a 327 cubic-inch small block with a 4.0 liter supercharger. Other COPO’s either have a 327 with a 2.9 liter supercharger, or a naturally aspirated 427.

Image from ChevroletPerformance.com

Chevrolet states the following on their website about the COPO:

It’s here. The quickest Camaro ever built by Chevrolet. Born to dominate in a straight line, this beast is specially engineered to punish the strip, not to mention the competition.

COPO is a true racing machine. It is specifically offered for off-highway, competitive NHRA use only. It cannot be registered, titled, licensed, or driven on public roads or highways. The COPO Camaro is designed to NHRA racing specifications, including a solid axle and a full chrome-moly roll cage. Inside, most of the standard sound-deadening and power accessories have been deleted in order to optimize weight for NHRA racing. Also included: a pair of racing bucket seats (no rear seat), a safety harness for the driver, a competition floor shifter, and Chevrolet Performance gauges.

Honoring the COPO Legacy

A 69-car production was selected to commemorate the original number of ZL-1 COPO Camaros made in 1969. COPO – which stands for Central Office Production Order – was Chevrolet’s special-order system, notoriously used by dealers in the 1960s to build high-performance models that couldn’t be found anywhere else. The second-coming of the COPO name is an extension of the legacy started in 1969, when the first purpose-built Camaro drag-racing specialty car was designed to compete with the quickest in NHRA’s Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes. National records for quarter-mile times in these contests are in the 9-second range.

Backstory

When the COPO concept was first shown at the 2011 SEMA Show, the overwhelming response by more than 2,000 racing enthusiasts inspired the decision for a limited, special-edition production run. To ensure fair access, an independent third party was used to identify the individuals who would be offered the opportunity to buy one of the new COPO Camaros. Those selected received confirmation early in 2012, with instructions on how to fulfill the purchase contract, choose the engine option for their intended racing class, and take delivery. Engines were assembled in Wixom, Mich., at GM’s Performance Build Center, where the buyer could opt to participate in the engine assembly.”

Chevrolet even offered a special “Collector Package” where all 3 engines could be purchased with the car and would come with one installed.

Check out more about these amazing cars by visiting the Chevrolet Performance site here.

I’m excited to see what these cars can do and the battles they will have with the Ford and Dodge entries. Hopefully we’ll get to see some of it in person!

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