There sure has been plenty of drag racing machinery to report about lately from the Chevrolet COPO Camaro to the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, but General Motors has another quarter-mile racer up its sleeve with a new rolling chassis version of the Camaro. While the COPO is a turn-key racecar with a price tag pushing six figures, Chevrolet announced that it is also going to start offering a factory-built Camaro drag car similar to the COPO but stripped of most of the drivetrain components.

With a starting price of $55,000, the Camaro rolling chassis (click above to enlarge) will feature a complete body, race-ready interior including a rollcage, a solid rear axle (without the gearing), racing wheels and Hoosier drag tires, and it will be built at the same Detroit area facility where the COPO Camaro is assembled using mostly production parts. The owner will need to provide an engine (and wiring harness), transmission, driveshaft and rear differential gears (the "third member"), which is all available through the Chevrolet Racing parts catalog.

Chevy will build a limited number of the Camaro rolling chassis, but it isn't clear if production will be as limited as the COPO Camaro's 69-unit run. Scroll down for the official press release.
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CHEVROLET PERFORMANCE OFFERS CAMARO ROLLING CHASSIS

DETROIT – Chevrolet will produce a limited number of Camaro NHRA-certified rolling chassis designed for drag racing that provides racers with a professionally assembled, painted body and chassis ready to be finished. Consumers add their engine, transmission and other drivetrain components.

The rolling chassis go on sale Thursday, March 28, at noon EST and will be priced at $55,000. Each specially numbered chassis is assembled by hand at the same facility that constructs Chevrolet's COPO Camaro production race cars.

"This is a great opportunity to buy a factory-built foundation for a competitive Camaro race car, saving racers the time of building their own from the ground up and offering them the opportunity to compete with a piece of Chevrolet history, because we're only going to build a few of them," said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. "Add your powertrain assembly and you've got a race car that's ready to tackle the drag strip."

Many of the components required to complete the transformation into a full race car, including crate engines, racing engine components, electronics – controllers and harnesses – and more, are available direct from Chevrolet Performance. The catalog is online at chevroletperformance.com.

"Finishing off your race car with authentic Chevrolet Performance parts helps make it all-Chevy, with uncompromising performance and confidence-inspiring durability," said Campbell. "All of our hardcore racing parts have been designed and tested to standards unmatched in the aftermarket."

Ordering information and chassis details

Customers will call 1-800-306-3005 to order a Camaro rolling chassis. The call center will send purchase certificates for the limited number of rolling chassis to be constructed, and customers will take the certificates to the Chevrolet dealerships of their choice to complete the sales.

The completed rolling chassis requires customer pickup in the Detroit area. Each will be serialized, but will not have a Vehicle Identification Number, so they cannot be titled or licensed for road use.

Each rolling chassis is constructed with hardware from the Oshawa assembly plant that manufactures regular-production Camaros. Each is fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment, along with NHRA-approved racing chassis and suspension components, including brakes and solid rear axle – minus the third member. Bogart racing wheels mounted on Hoosier tires are also included.

All will come in Summit White, with a production Camaro hood and SS grille, production window glass, headlamps, tail lamps and more. Inside, racing seats, a production-style instrument panel, steering wheel, racing switch panel, door panels, headliner and black carpeting are included. Basic body and chassis wiring is built into the rolling chassis, but it does not come with engine harnesses or a battery.

Customers will need to add basic equipment to complete the assembly, including:

Engine and air inlet system
Engine mounts
Engine controller and wire harness
Exhaust headers
Coolant hoses (a radiator is included)
Transmission and shifter assembly
Driveshaft
Differential third member.

Chevrolet Performance's entire range of high-performance and racing crate engines is available to power the rolling chassis, including the three 2013 COPO LS-family engines, which were developed for NHRA Stock Eliminator classes. They include a 350-cubic-inch engine rated at 325 horsepower; a 396-cubic-inch engine rated at 375 horsepower, and a 427-cubic-inch engine rated at 425 horsepower (part number 17802825). Supercharged crate engines based on the 2012 COPO Camaro program are also available, including a 327-cubic-inch engine with a 2.9L supercharger (part number 17802826) and a 327 with a 4.0L blower (part number 17802827). The 350 and 396 engines will be available later this year.

Chevrolet Performance's new "COPO Build Book," part number 88958767, provides an overview of the factory race cars' assembly process and can be a reference manual for those who intend to complete their Camaro rolling chassis for Stock Eliminator or Super Stock drag racing. It also provides general assembly details that can help builders complete their race car more quickly.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      Christopher
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uhm...yeeeaaahhh, I\'ll take a Cobra Jet please.
      nitrostreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is really not a bad deal, I don\'t think some realize how much it costs to do a certified cage and the chassis mods to a regular car to get ready for drag racing, and most racers should have a motor/transmission combo from their last race car (most drag cars are sold minus motor and transmission) ready to drop in and go so that part is a big plus on this Camaro. Getting rid of the IRS also drops about 300 pounds from the Camaro, Chevy lists the complete COPO Camaros with the 327 and 427 engines installed at under 3200 pounds race ready. And another thing about it not being street legal, just like people do when they build a street rod or a kit car it is possible in many states to put all the street legal hardware and sometimes emmisions on a car (varies by state) and just go down and have it inspected; then the State will attach a VIN number to your car and give you a Builders Title. The title is not going to say it\'s a 2013 Camaro, it\'s going to say it\'s a 2013 Builders (or homebuilt) car. But with that you can get your tag.
      Eric M
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'m pretty sure I could buy a new Camaro SS off the lot, sell the drivetrain on eBay, buy and install all the racing parts offered here (or choose some different parts to my liking) and stay thousands under the $55,000 price tag
        snap_understeer_ftw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eric M
        put your money where your mouth is....Do it and document it (note that at initial judgement, I'm inclined to agree with you)
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eric M
        This car ain't for regular joes like us. Its for poeple who have lots of money. Professional race teams who want a great car but don't want to pay there employees to strip out a production car. Also apparently youve never been burned buy shops where you had to take it to 3 different shops to get the car sorted right. Save time any money in the long run.
        graphikzking
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eric M
        This really is a MAJOR niche product though. This is for race teams that don't want to have to strip out the interior etc. I wonder what else Chevy "did" (really - didn't install) for them? I completely agree - why even rip out the engine though? The Base V8, send to Lingenfelter and get it worked. 775 HP Supercharged engine package with warranty is $39,000 + $32000 = $71,000 Still would have to add the Hoosiers drag radials and the solid read axle. So probably about $80,000 total. Subtract that you can easily sell some of the parts out of the Camaro and you're probably about $75,000 total. That's if you went lingenfelter with a 3year warranty. If you went many other routes you could easily save $10-15k
        l9t8z
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eric M
        If you did ALL the work yourself, I would wholeheartedly agree....but, If you cant and their are MANY who do not as even alot of proffessional race teams farm out the chassis work, might wanna give a company that is both capable and reputable of building a chassis of this caliber and converting to SRA and get some quotes....Oh and also dont forget to mention all the seem filler, undercoating ect. needs to go. Have fun starting with a brand new street car and a reputable chassis builder and coming below $55K re-creating this.
      bubba_roe
      • 1 Year Ago
      You too can have this butt ugly Camaro for the low low price of $55,000.00!!!
      rü$╫
      • 1 Year Ago
      For that price I'd get the base v8 and sell off all the parts and have a "streetable drag racer" considering you can't even drive this on the street. Then you can sell off all the extras.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rü$╫
        And you can pay highly-skilled employees to disassemble the car. You can either pay highly-skilled employees to dig all the tar-mat sound deadening out with heat guns or dry-ice, or pay to have the whole body acid-dipped and reprimed to get rid of the tar, you have to post all the crap on ebay, you have to haggle with people about the price.....
      rpiian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Huh... $55,000. Doesn't seem like a deal to me. But what do I know?
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rpiian
        I guess you don't know. A former Boss of mine spent over 100, 000 just to have a body I white mustang done similar to this. Just a little more involved with the cage..
      Bill Burke
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm a MoPar fan so my question is... "when will it be Dodges turn to update the drag pak?" In this case we need three to dance.
      oRenj9
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think I'd just buy the COPO Camaro. Once you buy this and all of the necessary parts to complete it from GMPP, you've spend almost as much money as a COPO, but you still have to put the damn thing together.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      "I'm gonna git me one & put in a small block Chevy"
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      You said 'member.'
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