When Chevrolet’s engineers wanted to test the new COPO Camaro concept, they turned not to Germany’s famed Nürburgring, but to the drag strip at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida. As this video reveals, the new drag-prepped COPO Camaro was put through its paces in a series of burnouts and quarter-mile passes.
The COPO Camaro concept is special version of Chevrolet’s muscle car designed for NHRA drag racing. Engineers tested the quarter-mile monster both with its 7.0-liter LS7 V-8 engine and the supercharged 5.3-liter V-8. Either mill can be mated to a choice of three transmissions: a two-speed Powerglide, a three-speed automatic, or a traditional five-speed manual.
While the group was apparently satisfied with the COPO Camaro’s performance, they stopped short of revealing the car’s quarter-mile times. “To run some of the numbers we’ve seen today with flawless execution is really exciting,” said Chevrolet Performance Parts marketing manager Cliff Cohen.
Other upgrades included in the COPO Camaro are a full roll cage, adjustable front suspension and NHRA-conforming rear suspension, a beefy solid rear axle, lightweight racing wheels, and special slick tires. The interior has been stripped off all creature comforts, leaving just two bucket seats, Chevrolet Performance gauges, and a line-lock button to facilitate those dramatic, rubber-sublimating burnouts.
Destined for the NHRA Stock Eliminator class, the COPO Camaro hearkens back to the 1960s and 1970s, when the acronym connoted a special option pack that equipped the Camaro with larger, more powerful engines to help the cars dominate in drag racing. To hear and see the modern take on the COPO Camaro in action, check out the video below.