Home / Auto News / News article: Rick Hendrick Builds His Very Own COPO Camaro Engine - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Jun 26 2012, 4:15 PM

The COPO Camaro is a purpose-built car, meant for straight line racing. Buyers are offered a special engine build experience, an opportunity that famed race team owner Rick Hendrick took advantage of.

Corvette, COPO Camaro and crate engine buyers are all offered the chance to work on their own engine on the assembly line, providing a first-hand experience on how the motor comes together. Rick Hendrick participated in the engine build on his Corvette last year, and enjoyed it so much that he came back to the plant to build the engine on his new COPO Camaro.

“I want to thank everyone at the Performance Build Center for having me back. It means so much to spend time with people who share my passion for cars and work so hard to produce some of the best engines in the world,” Hendrick said.

This car will be the brands first purpose built Camaro for the drag strip, and will compete in the stock eliminator and super stock NHRA classes. “Building an engine is a time-honored tradition in hot rodding, and this program allows enthusiasts to enjoy that magical do-it-yourself feeling, while still enjoying the value of a GM Powertrain-engineered and factory-warrantied engine,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports.