So, you couldn’t get your hands on one of the 69 2013 COPO Chevrolet Camaro dragsters. Don’t fret, as you could just as well build your own NHRA Stock Eliminator or Super Stock drag racer with a hand-assembled COPO crate engine.
For 2014, buyers can choose either the 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. The 427, 396 and 350 engines are designed to cover NHRA’s Stock Eliminator classes from E to AA, with curb weight adjustments are the primary requirement for class qualification. Each engine is built in GM’s racing shop in Wixom, Michigan.
Chevrolet Performance engineers designed and tested the engines with the same methods used to develop production engines, ensuring their performance and durability, while a Holley engine management system is included with each engine.
What’s more, the Chevrolet Performance “COPO Camaro Build Book” (part number 88958767) showcases an inside look at the assembly of the production race cars through hundreds of color photos. Additionally, the book includes detailed specifications for NHRA classification and descriptions of the aftermarket parts and their manufacturers used for the production vehicles. Important start-up, warm-up and pre-/post-race procedures are also included as well as fluid and maintenance recommendations. The book is available from Chevrolet Performance retailers.
Now, back to the crate motors. Pricing hasn’t been announced for these racing engines just yet, but stay tuned. We can’t wait to see what sort of projects these motors are graced with.