2011 Chevrolet COPO Camaro

The COPO Camaro is back at Chevrolet, as a concept designed to the specifications for NHRA Stock Eliminator drag racing competition.

“The COPO Camaro is a proof of concept for what a Chevrolet Stock Eliminator entry could look like,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “And it is a clear indication that Chevrolet intends to homologate the Camaro for sportsman drag racing.”

The COPO concept vehicle is designed to accommodate more than one engine option, including a naturally aspirated 427 engine (7.0L) – the same displacement as the original COPO Camaros from 1969 – and a supercharged 327 (5.3L) engine. Among the many racing-specific features and equipment is a conversion from the Camaro’s standard independent rear axle to a solid axle, as well as a full chrome moly roll cage.

The basic content for the COPO Camaro Concept includes:

*Provisions for two engine configurations (see below for details)
*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.

The interior is all business, with most sound deadening and power accessories deleted. Instead, there is pair of racing bucket seats (and no rear seat), a safety harness for the driver, a competition floor shifter and Chevrolet Performance gauges by Auto Meter.

The engines

Intended for NHRA’s various Stock Eliminator classes, the COPO Camaro concept has provisions for two distinct engine packages – each built to conform to class guidelines. The details below outline the core specifications of each engine and their intended classes.

The concept vehicle is powered by a prototype version of the supercharged 327 engine, featuring an LSX cylinder block.
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In Detail

type Racing Car
released at 2011 SEMA Show
built at Other
production 68
engine Chevrolet Prototype V8
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Supercharger
ignition Coil On Plug
block material Cast Aluminum
valvetrain OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed MPFI (Multi-Point Fuel Injection)
displacement 5359 cc / 327 in³
compression 10.2:1
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheels RWD w/Strange Engineering S-9 Axle
wheel type COPO Racing Tires
front tires 4.5x28x15
rear tires 29×9 Slick
front brakes Ventilated Discs w/4-Piston Brembo Calipers, ABS
rear brakes Ventilated Discs w/4-Piston Brembo Calipers, ABS
steering Rack & Pinion w/Hydraulic Assist
f suspension MacPherson Struts w/Anti-Roll Bar, Coil Springs,
r suspension Multi-Link w/Anti-Roll Bar, Coil Springs,
curb weight 1752 kg / 3860 lbs
weight distro 52 % / 48 %
wheelbase 2852 mm / 112.3 in
front track 1618 mm / 63.7 in
rear track 1618 mm / 63.7 in
length 4836 mm / 190.4 in
width 1918 mm / 75.5 in
height 1377 mm / 54.2 in
transmission 2-speed Automatic