INDIANAPOLIS – Chevrolet will kick off the 2013 PRI Show this week with an appearance by IndyCar owner/driver Ed Carpenter followed by a keynote presentation by Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports.
Additionally, Chevrolet will have technical experts and a diverse portfolio of engines, the newest performance parts and Chevy-powered racing vehicles – including an IndyCar show car and the first production 2014 COPO Camaro.
The PRI Show – taking place Dec. 12-14, in Indianapolis, and presented by the Performance Racing Industry trade organization – is the world’s largest motorsports trade show. More than 1,100 companies will show the latest in racing products and engineering.
“Chevrolet races in a broad range of motorsports categories including stock car, sportsman drag racing, road racing, open wheel and a variety of circle track racing series,” said Campbell. “Chevy’s century of motorsports heritage goes deeper in 2014, with the all-new Corvette Stingray, Camaro Z/28, Sonic B-spec and COPO Camaro, along with continuing support through contingency programs in NHRA, NMCA and the LSX Shootout. We’ll also be back for the second-annual Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals, right here in Indianapolis.”
Ed Carpenter, the only team owner/driver in the IndyCar series, will open the Chevrolet display on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m., with remarks about the 2014 IndyCar season, followed by an autograph session. Carpenter, who drives the No. 20 Chevy-powered race car, captured the pole position at the 2013 Indianapolis 500, at 228.762 mph.
The Chevrolet display will feature:
More information about the crate engines and parts is available in the 2014 Chevrolet Performance catalog available from Chevrolet dealers or downloadable free at chevrolet.com/performance.
2014 COPO Camaro program
Chevrolet Performance’s COPO Camaro program returns for 2014 with another limited run of factory-produced race cars and a pair of new racing engine choices – including an all-new supercharged 350-cubic-inch engine and a revised version of the naturally aspirated 427.
It is the third year for the COPO Camaro program and like the previous two, only 69 race cars will be built for NHRA Stock Eliminator competition. They will carry the distinctive, updated styling of the 2014 Camaro lineup, including new front and rear fascias. The 2014 COPO Camaro also includes new racing seats, updated graphics and a new, available wheel design.
Serial number 1 of the limited-production run will be on display at the PRI Show. It will be the only 2014 car painted Ice Blue Metallic and it features the all-new supercharged 350 engine. It will be auctioned by Chevrolet Performance at Barrett-Jackson’s annual January event in Scottsdale, Ariz., with proceeds benefitting the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.
The new supercharged 350 features the high-performance LSX engine block, forged internals that stand up to the cylinder pressures generated by forced induction, LSX cylinder heads with six-bolt clamping strength and a 2.9L Whipple screw-type supercharger. It is rated at more than 500 horsepower by NHRA.
Along with the supercharged 350 and updated 427, COPO customers can also select from naturally aspirated 350 and 396 engines. Engine selection is based on the intended NHRA racing class. Customers also can purchase all four engines, each serialized to match the car.
The naturally aspirated engines are available with a manual transmission and all engines are offered with a Turbo 400 three-speed automatic, built for racing by ATI Performance Products.
Camaro Z/28 hits the track
The new Camaro Z/28 is the fastest Camaro ever on a track, managing airflow like a race car to generating downforce that presses the tires against the track for high-speed stability and greater cornering capability.
It’s an attribute that helped the Z/28 log a 7:37.40 lap on Germany’s legendary Nürburgring road course, and it is expected to be a formidable competitor in a number of racing series in the upcoming season, including the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and SCCA’s U.S Majors Tour.
Many of the unique chassis and suspension components developed for the Z/28 production car are being evaluated for release, which would allow racers to adapt them to Camaro V-6 and SS models for greater capability on the track. Chevrolet Performance also offers suspension parts from the track-oriented 1LE model.
Sonic B-Spec Competition Kit
Chevrolet will show specialized parts developed to convert a regular-production Sonic into a bona fide race car for the increasingly popular B-Spec subcompact classes in SCCA and other sports car series.
Components of the B-Spec Competition Kit include:
The inlet air restrictor is required in some classes to equalize the performance output of the Sonic’s 140-hp engine with less powerful competitors.
The builder would source safety features, such as the roll cage, safety seat, window net and racing harnesses, separately. The Sonic B-Spec competition kit is available now.
2014 motorsports contingency programs
Racers who win using specified Chevrolet Performance parts and wear the bowtie decal on their cars are eligible for payouts through contingency programs in NHRA and NMCA/LSX Shootout drag racing.
The payouts vary among racing classes. Defined payouts and other eligibility requirements are described at the respective sanctioning bodies’ Web sites, as well as http://www.chevrolet.com/culture/article/racing-contingency.html.
Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals
Chevrolet Performance returns for the second year as the NHRA U.S. Nationals title sponsor in 2014. It will be the 60th running of the historic race, which takes place at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, 2014.
The Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals is the biggest, oldest, richest and most prestigious drag race on NHRA’s Mello Yellow Drag Racing schedule. The stakes are high for racers, too: It’s the final race of the regular season and sets the 10-driver fields for the Brisix-race Countdown to the Championship.
In addition to the professional classes, the U.S. Nationals is one of the richest venues for sportsman racers, with Chevrolet – including the COPO Camaro – well represented.
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About Chevrolet Performance
Driven by more than 100 years of motorsports heritage, Chevrolet Performance fuels the passions of automotive enthusiasts through high-performance vehicles, parts and racing. Championship motorsports technology is at the core of Chevrolet’s performance cars, including Corvette Stingray, Camaro ZL1, Camaro SS 1LE, COPO Camaro and the all-new Camaro Z/28. This technology also drives production-based performance and specialty racing parts, as well as licensed accessories, which are available through Chevrolet dealers and online at chevroletperformance.com. Chevrolet Performance is a leader in crate engines and parts for classics, with the industry’s only brand-new Gen I/II small-block and big-block crate engines, and an unmatched range of “LS” engines and parts for the street and track.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.
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