The Camaro's legacy of being a powerhouse at the drag strip looks safe for the future.

Chevrolet arrives at the SEMA Show this year with Camaros that prove the pony car still excels at living a quarter mile at a time. For the amateur racers of the world, the new Camaro SS Drag Race Development Program aims to keep developing parts that slash tenths off the model’s runs. In addition, the limited 2017 COPO Camaro gives competitors turn-key way to hit the strip.

The 2017 COPO Camaro remains much the same as last year, and there are also still only 69 of them available like in years past. However, the example at SEMA comes in an anodized version of the pony car’s Hyper Blue Metallic paint. Number 01 of 69 with a supercharged 5.7-liter (350-cubic-inch) V8 and the azure body will go under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in January 2017. The proceeds will benefit the United Way. The rest will be available from Chevrolet Performance, and there will likely be a lottery again among those that want one.

Chevy Copo Camaro

Chevy’s performance department builds the COPO Camaro by hand for competition in the NHRA’s Stock Eliminator classes. Customers can choose whether power comes from  a supercharged 5.7-liter V8, naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter (427-cubic-inch) V8, and an LT-based, 6.2-liter (376-cubic-inch V8 engine with direct injection. All of them use an ATI TH400 three-speed automatic transmission.

The builders also give the COPO Camaros a bounty of other upgrades for maximizing performance on the drag strip. To get all the power down, the pony cars feature adjustable front and rear suspensions. A solid rear axle also replaces a stock, independent unit. Unassisted steering and brakes keep weight down, and there’s a fuel cell for safety with a high-pressure fuel pump.

The Drag Race Development Program is creating parts that let racers gradually upgrade their sixth-gen Camaro for the strip. For example, higher-stall torque converter and customer transmission calibration under development lets the coupe launch harder and cover the initial sprint to 60-feet quicker that stock. The team is also developing differentials and engine-tuning kits for getting even more out of the car. The team nicknamed the coupe Gravedigger because they can’t break it.

Look for extensive coverage of the 2016 SEMA Show from Motor1 in the coming days.

Source: Chevrolet

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