Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chevrolet Sells You a Camaro Body and Chassis, Lets You Put the Engine In for Drag Racing

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Chevrolet will produce a limited number of NHRA-certified Camaro rolling chassis designed for drag racing. The package will include a painted body and chassis ready to be fitted with an engine, transmission and other drivetrain components.
Each car will have an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment, as well as racing chassis and suspension components, including brakes and solid rear axle – minus the third member. The car also comes with Bogart racing wheels shod in Hoosier race tires.
All cars produced are painted Summit White and feature a production Camaro hood and SS grille, production window glass, headlamps, tail lamps and more. On the inside, the Camaro gets racing seats, production-style instrument panel, steering wheel, racing switch panel, door panels, headliner and black carpeting. There’s also basic body and wiring built into the rolling chassis, but engine harnesses and a battery are not included.
Buyers can add their own powertrain components, many of which, including crate engines, racing engine parts, electronics and more, are available from Chevrolet Performance.
Each serialized chassis is assembled by hand at the same facility that makes Chevrolet’s COPO Camaro production racecars. The price for a Camaro rolling chassis is $55,000 (€42,520), with sales starting on Thursday, March 28.
Chevrolet Performance said that race crate engines compatible with the car are a 5.7-liter V8 developing 325 horsepower, a 6.5-liter unit rated at 375 horsepower and a 7.0-liter engine churning out 425 horsepower. Chevy also offers a 5.3-liter engine with a 2.9L supercharger and a 5.3-liter with a 4.0L blower.
By Dan Mihalascu




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