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Over the past 7 years, Chevrolet has been a producing 69 specially developed Camaro racing cars at its factory. Known as COPO Camaros, these rare machines have crossed the auction block for charity, raising nearly US$2 million for a variety of important causes.

And if 552 units since 2012 is not rare enough, there will also be a 2020 COPO Camaro John Force Edition, bringing together the legacies of Chevrolet’s factory racing car and John Force, the 16-time NHRA (the US National Hot Rod Association) champion driver.

The distinctively styled, supercharged racing car, which can deliver low elapsed times on the drag strip, will be auctioned by Chevrolet in January with the proceeds going to DonorsChoose.org. It carries a unique “2020COPO-FORCE” identification plaque and is considered a unique build in the COPO Camaro range – not part of the annual production run of 69 COPO Camaro racing cars.

Chevrolet 2020 COPO Camaro John Force Edition

“This is a great-looking COPO Camaro, and I enjoyed helping design this car,” said John Force. “The COPO Camaro is already a formidable car, and hard to beat on the track. But this one is even more special, as it will help support a cause I firmly believe in.”

“John Force is one of the most legendary drag racers in history – and his legend started with Chevrolet,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. Vice-President of Performance and Motorsports. “We are proud to partner with him on this one-of-a-kind COPO Camaro and are excited to see what it will do on the auction block for charity.”

Chevrolet 2020 COPO Camaro John Force Edition

Additionally, a black-and-silver paint scheme inspired by the John Force Edition is an available option on 2020 COPO Camaros. In fact, there are more colour choices than ever for the 69 buyers. Along with the John Force colour scheme and 4 production colours (red has been the most popular so far), there are seven heritage colours from the 1969 Camaro colour palette: Hugger Orange, Butternut Yellow, Frost Green Poly, Olympic Gold Poly, Garnet Red, Fathom Green Poly and Azure Turquoise Poly.

Chevrolet 2020 COPO Camaro John Force Edition

The 2020 COPO Camaro’s available engine line-up includes a revised version of the supercharged, LSX-based 350 engine, featuring a 2.65-litre Magnuson supercharger and all-new LSX-SC cylinder heads, as well as an LSX-based naturally-aspirated 427 engine.

Also available is the Racer’s Package, which includes a carbonfibre air inlet, dual batteries, weight box, parachute and a quick-change coupling (with the supercharged engine).

Chevrolet 2020 COPO Camaro John Force Edition

While most of the COPO Camaros sold are in the USA, Chevrolet says there are units in Canada, Sweden and Germany too. Many are not just sitting still as collector’s items as the owners have won 36 NHRA events to date.

History of the COPO Camaro
While Chevrolet began building COPO Camaros from 2012, the history of this special version actually goes back to 1969 when dealers used Chevy’s special-order system that enabled them to create high-performance vehicles not available elsewhere. It was a sort of loophole to get around the limitations GM placed on Chevy’s performance vehicles.

1969 COPO Camaro
The 1969 COPO Camaro

Instead of placing an order for Camaros using the Regular Production Option sheet, dealers found they could order using the Central Office Purchase Order (which is what ‘COPO’ means) that was usually used for making changes to vehicles sold to municipalities such as special paint or truck equipment. The dealers instead used it to equip the Camaro with the all-aluminium ZL1 427 racing engine.

In 2011, Chevrolet created a COPO concept car and response was so positive from enthusiasts that the company was willing to produce limited numbers, choosing 69 which was the year the first COPO Camaros appeared. The plan was to offer the cars for a few years but demand remained high so production has continued to this day. However, unlike the early versions, the factory-built ones are not street legal. It is in fact the first purpose-built racing car offered by Chevrolet and the fastest Camaro to come out of the factory.PISTON.MY

There’s a new Volkswagen in town, but it isn’t street legal. Based on the 7th generation Golf GTI, the 2018 Golf GTI TCR, is the latest iteration VW racer for the TCR category. It retains the same overall look and shape of the road going version, but builds a upon it with a widebody kit, aggressive front and rear bumpers as well as a prominent hatch mounted rear spoiler.

“The new look for the Golf GTI TCR resulted from close cooperation with Volkswagen Design. This helps us to underline just what a close relationship exists between the production model and the racing version,” explained Volkswagen Motorsport Director, Sven Smeets.

He added, “For example, the engine comes directly from series production and only requires minimal adjustment for competitive racing. This is proof that the Golf GTI provides the perfect foundation for our customer racing cars.”

The VW Golf GTiI TCR is said to be one of the most successful racing touring cars of the year. In fact, in the TCR International Series, French driver Jean-Karl Vernay claimed the drivers’ title last month in Dubai. And the 350bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine Golf that VW provides race-ready for professional teams and drivers, was declared ‘Model of the Year’.

Other accolades include the TCR class in the VLN Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. In the same gruelling 24-hour race, the Golf GTI TCR finished well ahead of more powerful cars from other categories. Apart from this, Kantadhee Kusiri and the Liqui Moly Team Engstler won the TCR Asia title and Francisco Abreu, the TCR Iberico.


This new car will be ready for delivery to race teams from January onward. Before that, the car will make its public debut at the Essen Motor Show from 2 to 10 December. During the event, VW will be offering fans and clients to get up close and find out more about the car.

Doug DeMuro, an avid car journalist and Youtuber, has a penchant for reviewing some of the most interesting vehicles in existence, and this time is no different. Spyker, is a Dutch car maker that specializes in building elegantly bizarre vehicles that stirs the imagination. And the Spyker C8 Spyder is that kind of car.

Everything from the four spoke steering wheel to the needlessly complicated metal-bar styled gear shifter, screams attention. It seems as though the automaker commissioned a 9-year-old to cherry pick the design elements, then made the engineers work against their will to make the vehicle a reality.

Its a sports car in every sense of the word and one that is as exotic as they come. It is powered by an Audi sourced 4.2-litre V8 engine that produces close to 400bhp. The car of its namesake but with a T in its nomenclature, features a turbocharged version of this engine that produces 525bhp. Then, the C8 Double 12S, based on the racing car,it produces a mental 620bhp.

The C8 weighs a mere 1250kg and is capable of exceptional performance. And at 4185mm long and 1880mm wide, it isn’t exactly as large as the competition in its group. Spyker has taken it racing in competitions like the 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours Le Mans, FIA GT and GT2 as well as a number of others.

If you don’t have the means to own the car in real life, perhaps enjoying it in the virtual world will offer some consolation. Several iterations of the C8 have been made available in a number of games that include Forza Motorsport 4, Project Gotham Racing 3 and Gran Turismo 6, just to name a few.

Check out the video and let us know what you think of it and whether Spyker should continue to produce more of such vehicles in the new future.

Hyundai Motorsport has started testing its new generation i30 TCR at Motorland Aragon in Spain. This is part of the development phase that will allow engineers to refine the car’s characteristics and make it a competitive racer on racing circuits.

Prior to the trip to Spain, the vehicle had already undergone a number of shakedowns, but the session on this track will prove invaluable to Hyundai engineers who are working around the clock to ensure that the car runs well and at a competitive pace. According to Hyundai, the sessions were completed without major reliability issues and the team even tested alternative settings as they work to develop a base set-up for the car.

The automaker considers the 5.3km track at the Aragon circuit the perfect venue for driver Garbriele Tarquini to refine the handling balance through both slow and high speed corners, as well as under heavy braking for the hairpin at the end of the long back straight.

Several different engine map settings were tested for the car’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine to identify one that yielded the best performance figures. The engine is mated to a sequential gearbox with steering mounted paddle shifters as per racing regulations.

Speaking of the testing session, Customer Racing department manager Andrea Adamo said: “We were able to work on the balance of the car, and start developing an initial set-up that we can use in future, not only for the handling, but the important engine and differential settings. We can now use these as a base for future tests as we turn our focus to gaining the maximum performance from specific components.”

This racecar is based on the new road-going i30 but was designed and built in accordance with the TCR regulations that were first used in 2015. Currently, the TCR category is used as the platform for a number of international and national championships, as well for classes that compete at endurance events.

Hyundai’s car has been shipped back to its headquarters in Alzenau, Germany for the team to prepare it for its next test outing in the schedule. Expect more from the automaker as it gears up to take on other seasoned manufacturers in circuit racing championships around the world.


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