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Proposed COPO Camaro Engine Configurations

427 Naturally Aspirated:

Suggested class: A Stock
Cubic inches: 427(7.0L)
Block: LS7
Block material: aluminum
Crank: forged steel
Rods: H-beam
Pistons: forged dome
Compression ratio: TBD
Heads: LS7
Rocker arms: LS7 1.8-ratio
Induction: natural aspiration
Intake: Holley
Camshaft type: hydraulic roller
Cam duration (deg.): 233/276 @ . 050-in.
Cam lift (inch): .595
327 Supercharged:

Suggested class: AA Stock
Cubic inches: 327 (5.3L)
Block: LS9
Block material: aluminum
Crank: forged steel
Rods: H-beam
Pistons: forged dome
Compression ratio: 10.2:1
Heads: LS7
Rocker arms: LS7 1.8-ratio
Induction: boosted
Intake: Whipple 2.9l supercharger
Camshaft type: hydraulic roller
Cam duration (deg.): 244/255 @ .050-in.
Cam lift (inch): .650
And then, there was the main event… In a theatrical flourish, the crate containing GM’s answer to the Cobra Jet swung open and the COPO rolled out, every bit the turn-key drag car we had hoped for, but with some details we never would have guessed. Under the hood sits a 327 CI engine based on the LSX block topped by a 2.9L Whipple supercharger, with the provision for a LS7-based 427 naturally aspirated powerplant as well. The concept channels power through a Powerglide racing automatic, but Chevy envisions three-speed autos and a five-speed stick configuration for those looking for other transmission options. Out back, a solid 9-inch Ford-type axle replaces the production Camaro’s IRS, turning 9×30 Hoosier radial drag tires.

Per Jim Campbell, GM US vice president of Performance Vehicles and motorsports, “The COPO Camaro is a proof of concept for what a Chevrolet Stock Eliminator entry could look like.” While it’s currently just a concept, Campbell adds, “It is a clear indication that Chevrolet intends to homologate the Camaro for sportsman drag racing.”

Vehicle Highlights:

Provisions for two engine configurations
Provisions for a Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, a three-speed automatic or a five-speed manual
High-rise cowl-induction hood
Custom Aeromotive fuel system, with a fuel cell and integral high-pressure fuel pump
Full, chrome moly roll cage
Coil-over front suspension with Strange Engineering adjustable struts
Custom rear suspension, based on NHRA requirements, with Strange Engineering shocks, Panhard bar and stabilizer bar
Strange Engineering S-9 solid rear axle with aluminum third member, 35-spline spool, 35-spline axles and 4.10 gear set
Lightweight, COPO-specific racing wheels
29×9-inch rear radial racing slicks and 4.5x28x15-inch front tires
Manual steering system
Strange Engineering lightweight racing brakes system with standard line lock.
While it’s clear that Chevy is serious about adding the COPO part number to the GMPP catalog, it’s not a sure thing. Per GMPP’s Dr. Jamie Meyer, it’s up to us to convince the corporate powers-that-be to produce this car, so head on over to the GM Performance Parts website to sign up for the newsletter, and start blowing up their Facebook page to let them know that the COPO Camaro needs to go from concept to reality!
 

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Let me drive that one to work..
 

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Quick question. I was always under the impression that a concept vehiclw was something that could possibly go into production one day.... or at least take parts of it and put it into production. This is a drag car that is not street legal. Am I off on the "concept" idea?
 

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Quick question. I was always under the impression that a concept vehiclw was something that could possibly go into production one day.... or at least take parts of it and put it into production. This is a drag car that is not street legal. Am I off on the "concept" idea?
Factory drag race cars have been available before. Mopar did it with the current challenger a couple years ago and Ford is offering 50 mustangs that are race ready. Not street legal but ready to run super stock.
 

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Quick question. I was always under the impression that a concept vehiclw was something that could possibly go into production one day.... or at least take parts of it and put it into production. This is a drag car that is not street legal. Am I off on the "concept" idea?
More often then not, concept cars are never seen again other than in a museum. Some part or styling accent from a concept may make it onto or into a production car. Only in the rarest of cases, does a concept make it untouched into production. Even the Camaro Concept, which was done with the intention of having a good shot at production, had some changes prior to productionization. For example, The Corvette Concepts that are making the circuit right now ( from Transformers) would have to have some significant changes if they were ever to see production.
 

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Yeah I forgot about the Challenger drag car. Very limited production but they are out there. Would be interesting to see if anything from this car makes it into production. With the economy tanking I just dont see much demand for this type of vehicle... and I would assume that there are numerous speed shops out there that could build this car... or at least very close to it.

it suprises me that Chevy would consider this type of car because I believe there are some new gas milage restrictions the government is pushing.... cant remember the exact milage but I believe that all vehivle models would have to average out to a specific MPG. Seems to me that if limited production vehicles are included that this would severly impact that rating. I am betting the milage isnt too good on either engine option.... but they sure get there quickly. LOL
 
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