If Usain Bolt were a car, he would probably be a Chevrolet COPO Camaro, as the dragster’s quarter-mile time is comparable to the record of the gold medalist’s 100m dash. What an entertaining video that would make. However, not so disappointingly, we have come across the first known footage of a COPO Camaro racing in its natural habitat. It appears to be the black model that was loaded onto the trailer earlier last week.
The black beauty featured in the video features one of the three engine choices offered for the COPO Camaro. Namely, a 327 cubic-inch (5.3-liter) V8 accompanied by a beastly blower; a 4.0L Whipple supercharger, to be exact. Chevrolet did state that the configuration was good enough to push the Camaro to a sub-9-second quarter mile time. And judging by the car’s 8.88-second pass seen in the video, its engineers were dead accurate.
For those keeping score, that’s roughly a full second faster than the Mustang Cobra Jet, or the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.