2014 COPO Camaro Program Announced
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.
This 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.
"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.
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 (PN 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 rollcage 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 revised versions of the naturally aspirated 427 and supercharged 327/2.9L introduced in 2013. The 327 engine will feature a 2.9L Whipple screw-type supercharger. New for 2014 are naturally aspirated 350 and 396 engines. 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."
Expanded Copo Crate Engine Lineup
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 427ci engine, two 327ci supercharged engines—one is a new combination that uses a Whipple twin-screw 2.9L supercharger while the other uses a 4.0L Whipple supercharger—and all-new 396ci and 350ci naturally aspirated engines. Each is assembled by hand at GM's Wixom, Michigan, 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.
Racing enthusiasts interested in more information on the COPO program can follow the latest information at theblock.com—the online automotive community powered by Chevrolet Performance.
2014 NMCA WEST Series Schedule Announced
ProMedia Events is pleased to announce the 2014 NMCA WEST Street Car Nationals series event schedule, which includes two events at newly reopened Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California. NMCA WEST will be a five-event championship series catering to the growing West Coast drag racing scene.
March 28-30, 2014 - Bakersfield, CA - Auto Club Famoso Raceway
May 15-18, 2014 - Pomona, CA - Auto Club Raceway at Pomona
June 20-22, 2014 - Fontana, CA - Auto Club Dragway
September 5-7, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV - The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
October 24-26, 2014 - Fontana, CA - Auto Club Dragway
NMCA WEST events feature awesome heads-up muscle car drag racing, including True Street and bracket racing; a huge all-domestic car show at most events; a giant manufacturers midway; and burnout contest. NMCA WEST event coverage can be found regularly in Chevy High Performance; 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords; Camaro Performers; and Fastest Street Car, the NMCA WEST's monthly publication. For more information visit nmcadigital.com or call 714.444.2426.