Since 1955, NHRA Stock Eliminator has been a straight-line proving ground for the wildest cars ever to come out of Detroit. High-performance Chevrolets have held a dominant position in this category, but none more so than the Central Office Production Order (COPO) 1969 427 Camaros. Among the most fearsome factory-built supercars of all time, the COPO 9561 and 9560 Camaros still hold national ET and mph records over 40 years later. For 2012, the engineers at Chevrolet Performance turned their attention to the latest Camaro, putting the finishing touches on a concept that was in development before the 2010 Camaro hit the streets of America. This passionate team of motorsports experts is now led by Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. And, after several months of strategy and development, the newly formed Chevrolet Performance team is ready to share their vision of what a fifth-generation Camaro Stock Eliminator should look like: the 2012 COPO Camaro Concept. It is potentially the quickest Camaro ever built by Chevrolet, designed to dominate the competition in a straight line.
2012 COPO CAMARO CONCEPT FEATURES
To survive the rigors of the top classes in NHRA Stock Eliminator, the 2012 COPO Camaro Concept is equipped with several high-performance features. Here's a look at just some of the custom pieces that set this car apart:
Vehicle: 2012 COPO Camaro Concept
Application: NHRA Stock Eliminator/Super Stock, off-highway use only, no VIN
Body: Production Camaro SS
Paint Color: COPO white
Hood: Custom high-rise, cowl induction
Engine: Proposed availability of two engine packages (see engine section)
Fuel System: Custom Aeromotive system with fuel cell and integral high-pressure fuel pump
Chassis Mods: Full, chrome moly roll cage certified by NHRA to 8.50 ET
Front Suspension: Coil over design with adjustable Strange Engineering struts
Rear Suspension: Custom design based on NHRA requirements with Strange adjustable shocks, panhard bar, anti-roll bar
Rear End: Strange Engineering S-9 unit with aluminum third member, 35-spline spool and 35-spline axles
Rear gearing: 4.10:1
Transmission: Powerglide 2-speed automatic or 5-speed manual
Brakes: Manual, Strange Engineering, lightweight with Line Lock feature
Interior: Racing buckets, floor shifter, safety harness, Chevrolet Performance gauges by Autometer
Rims: Lightweight COPO rims
Tires: 29x9 radial slick
The 2012 COPO Camaro concept features a supercharged 5.3 liter (327 cubic inches) LS/LSX engine; however, other engine packages are in development, including a naturally aspirated 7.0 liter (427 cubic inches) LS V8. All listed specifications are for the 2012 COPO Camaro Concept vehicle. Pending approval. actual production parts, specifications, shipping weights, and hp ratings may vary. Check with www.gmperformanceparts.com for up-to-date specifications and COPO Camaro program status. You can use this engine spec sheet as a guide to which NHRA class the COPO Camaro will compete in.
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