2014 COPO Camaro
The 2014 COPO Camaro entered its third year of production and like the previous two years, only 69 race cars were built for NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock competition. They carried the distinctive, updated styling of the 2014 Camaro lineup, including new front and rear fascias.
Serial number 1 of the limited-production run – the only one to be painted Ice Blue Metallic – was auctioned by Chevrolet Performance at Barrett-Jackson’s annual January event in Scottsdale, Ariz. Proceeds benefit the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, an organization dedicated to helping wounded veterans participate in marathons and share their success within a supportive community and their families.
Each COPO Camaro race car was built by hand starting with hardware from the General Motors Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant that manufactures regular-production Camaros, including the same body in white body shells (part number 19243374) racers can purchase from Chevrolet Performance, along with other COPO-specific parts, to build their own dedicated race car. Each production car was fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment, along with racing chassis and suspension components – including a unique solid rear axle system in place of a regular-production Camaro’s independent rear axle.
The newly designed racing engines included a revised version of the naturally aspirated 427 engine and supercharged version of the 350 engine introduced in 2013. It featured a 2.9L Whipple screw-type supercharger. Naturally aspirated 350 and 396 engines are also available. Customers selected the engine based on their intended NHRA racing class. They could also purchase all four engines, each serialized to match the car.
The 2014 COPO Camaro also included new racing seats, updated graphics and a new, available wheel design.
Expanded COPO crate engine lineup
The same high-performance engines used in the COPO Camaro production race cars were available as crate engines for racers building their own Camaro race cars. Each engine was engineered for NHRA’s Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes, offering sportsman racers a range of factory-developed-and-assembled racing engines.
The COPO crate engine family grows to five for 2014 and includes a naturally aspirated 427 7.0L engine, two 5.3L supercharged 327 engines – a new combination using a Whipple twin-screw 2.9L supercharger and the other using a 4.0L Whipple supercharger – and all-new 396-cubic-inch and 350-cubic-inch naturally aspirated engines. Each was assembled by hand at GM’s Wixom, Mich., racing engine shop.
The 427, 396 and 350 engines are designed to cover NHRA’s Stock Eliminator classes from E to AA. Curb weight adjustments are the primary requirement for class qualification.
Chevrolet Performance engineers designed and tested the engines with the same methods used to develop production engines, ensuring their performance and durability. A Holley engine management system is included with each engine.
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