On the same day the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro breaks cover, Chevrolet Performance will begin offering an NHRA-certified Camaro rolling chassis designed for drag racing, giving racers a professionally assembled and painted body and chassis. It will be the duty of the consumer to add their engine, transmission and other drivetrain components.
For those seriously interested, sale of the Camaro rolling chassis will begin Thursday, March 28, at noon EST and will be priced at $55,000. They will need to call 1-800-306-3005 to begin the ordering process, where the call center will then 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.
Each chassis will be specially, and will be assembled by hand at the same facility that constructs Chevrolet’s COPO Camaro production race cars. And like the COPO Camaro, 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. For those that were hoping to have their chassis painted in any color, sorry, but Summit White only.
Physically, the rolling chassis will feature a Camaro hood and SS grille, production window glass, headlamps, tail lamps, etc. Inside, there are racing seats complimenting a production-style instrument panel, steering wheel, racing switch panel. But door panels, headliner and black carpeting are still included. Chevy says that basic body and chassis wiring is built into the rolling chassis, but there are no engine harnesses or a battery.
All in all, after spending $55,000, customers will still 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
- Differential third member.