Chevrolet Introduces Gen Six COPO Camaro
Courtney Force-designed show car to be auctioned for United Way.
November 2, 2015
"Central Office Production Order" was a channel within Chevrolet to handle fleet orders, like for the phone company or rental agencies. But it also was used in 1969 to create the 427 Camaro, which was a subversive tactic to produce the F-body with an engine that was forbidden by General Motors. Since 2012, Chevrolet has been building 69 NHRA-spec Camaros using the COPO acronym as homage to the ZL-1 427, of which only 69 were built in 1969 (due to how many were ordered, not because of any connection to 1969). This is the first COPO based on the new-gen Camaro:
With assistance from NHRA Camaro Funny Car driver Courtney Force, Chevrolet introduced the Gen Six COPO Camaro today at the SEMA Show.
After visiting the COPO build center, Force collaborated with Chevrolet designers to create a custom appearance for the 2016 COPO Camaro SEMA show car. It will be auctioned at a Barrett-Jackson sale in 2016, with the proceeds going to United Way.Visit the above link to read more about the new COPO Camaro.The 2016 COPO Camaro benefits from the lighter and stronger body structure of the Gen Six. Extensive computer-aided engineering helped increase structural rigidity by 28 percent, while the body-in-white mass was reduced by 133 pounds (60.5 kg).
Less mass and greater strength, along with the body’s sleeker profile in the wind, will help give racers an edge. It offers greater aerodynamic performance than the fifth-generation Camaro.
The show car features a Red Hot exterior color with Courtney Force-signature graphics and red-accented grille trim. Under its carbon fiber high-rise hood is a concept 350 racing engine with a Whipple 2.9L supercharger.