DETROIT—General Motors has announced it is producing a limited number of Chevrolet Camaro performance coupes designed specifically for drag racing.
Set to go on sale March 28, GM is building an estimated 69 Camaro rolling chassis certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), the governing body that sanctions drag racing events across the United States and Canada.
With a price of $55,000, buyers of the track-only Camaro model will have to add their own engine, transmission and other drivetrain components.
“This is a great opportunity to buy a factory-built foundation for a competitive Camaro race car, saving racers the time of building their own from the ground up and offering them the opportunity to compete with a piece of Chevrolet history,” GM’s U.S. vice-president of performance vehicles and motorsports Jim Campbell said in a statement.
Available only in white, the car is assembled at a Detroit-area facility using components from the automaker’s Oshawa, Ont., assembly plant.
The car is fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment, according to GM, along with NHRA-approved racing chassis and suspension components, including brakes and solid rear axle.
Bogart racing wheels mounted on Hoosier drag tires are also included.
Customers will then need to install an engine and air inlet system, engine mounts, engine controller and wire harness, exhaust headers, coolant hoses (a radiator is included), transmission and shifter assembly, driveshaft and rear differential.