Build your own COPO Camaro

Chevy releases race car shell for customers

Nikolas Kolenich Mar 25, 2013 0 Comment(s)
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So you really wanted the new COPO Camaro, but you weren't one of the lucky 69 who Chevrolet chose to get the latest version of its factory-built drag machine. Well, you can still have a version of that car - you'll just have to build it yourself. Chevy announced today that it will be manufacturing a limited number of NHRA-certified rolling chassis, designed for drag racing enthusiasts. The cars will be serialized and limited to strip-only driving (no VIN will be issued). The shell comes with a professionally assembled, painted body and chassis ready to be finished. All you need are the guts!

"This is a great opportunity to buy a factory-built foundation for a competitive Camaro race car," said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, in a release announcing the Camaro race car shell. "Add your powertrain assembly and you've got a race car that's ready to tackle the drag strip."

To complete the project, customers can visit chevroletperformance.com to purchase the same COPO engines, transmissions, and electronics that are used on the 2013 COPO Camaro. The online catalog offers a multitude of options for customizing your performance Chevy.

Customers will need to add basic equipment to complete the assembly, including:

  • Engine and air inlet system
  • Engine mounts
  • Engine controller and wire harness
  • Exhaust headers
  • Coolant hoses (a radiator is included)
  • Transmission and shifter assembly
  • Driveshaft
  • Differential third member
  • Each specially numbered chassis is assembled by hand at the same factory that constructs the COPO Camaros. These gutted race cars will include an NHRA-approved roll cage, NHRA-approved racing chassis, including brakes and solid rear axle, and Bogart racing wheels mounted on Hoosier. The rolling chassis will go on sale Thursday, March 28, at noon and will be priced at $55,000.

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