Chevrolet COPO Camaro
Chevrolet has unveiled the new COPO Camaro based on the generation six car. The project was a joint effort between Chevy and NHRA Funny Car driver Courtney Force. The new drag strip ready machine made its debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
In all 69 of these competition COPO Camaros will be produced. Including the show car that is being displayed at SEMA which will be sent to the auction block. It will be available for purchase to the highest bidder at a yet to be named 2016 Barrett-Jackson auction. The proceeds of the sale will go to the United Way.
Similar to previous generations of the COPOs the sixth generation car is made for racing in NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes.
“With the new Gen Six Camaro as its foundation, the 2016 COPO Camaro begins the next chapter of an historic racing legacy,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It’s great to have Courtney Force on Team Chevy and to work with her on the design of the new COPO Camaro show car. Most important, her effort will help raise money for a great cause.”
The 2016 COPO Camaro has gone on a diet since the last model and comes in at 133 pounds lighter. Even with less weight the structural rigidity is increased by 28 percent. The body also has a sleeker profile that results in a more aerodynamic COPO Camaro than the fifth-generation car.
The show car features a Red Hot exterior color with Courtney Force-signature graphics and red-accented grille trim. Under its carbon fiber high-rise hood is a concept 350 racing engine with a Whipple 2.9L supercharger.
“I was extremely honored to work with Chevrolet and help design the 2016 COPO Camaro we unveiled today at the SEMA show,” said Courtney Force. “The bright red color and the signature slash marks towards the back on the car bring a part of my Traxxas Chevrolet Camaro Funny Car to the COPO Camaro, which I think is really cool. The proceeds from this car go to a great cause and benefit the United Way Foundation, so it’s an awesome project all around.”
Official performance stats have not yet been released, but you can bet it will be very fast in a straight line.