During a recent event General Motors held to flaunt its new Performance and Racing Center in Pontiac, MI, it was made apparent on how many people would like to purchase the 2016 Chevrolet COPO Camaro – about 5,500 potential customers actually. It’s too bad that only 69 COPO Camaros will be produced, there’s going to be at least 5,431 really unhappy people.
In actuality there’s probably going to be a ton of people who wish they were the proud new owner of the 2016 COPO Camaro, even though only about fifty percent of these people will actually drive them. There’s nothing wrong with having a showpiece, but keeping the Chevrolet racecar cooped up is like getting a dog bred to race and then keeping it in a kennel – it’s just cruel.
That said, those who wish to utilize such a machine at the track can opt to build one of the rolling chassis along with a crate motor. It may not be as valuable in the eyes of a collector, but to a racer it’s all the same.
Speaking of crate engines, the GM Performance and Racing Center builds the engines offered in the COPO Camaro as well as the 5.5-liter V8 powering the Corvette C7.R, and the 3.6-liter twin turbo V6 under the hood of the Cadillac ATS-V.R. In addition to creating these powertrain marvels, the center is also the location for Chevrolet’s calibration and dyno testing of the 2.2-liter V6 used in IndyCar racing, as well as the V8s used in NASCAR.