Prepared by Patterson Racing and wearing the Husky Liners logo, this potent pair of Chevy drag cars, a 2012 COPO Camaro on the left, and a 2010 Cobalt on the right, has launched an assault on the NHRA national record book this year.
The men behind the machines: Todd Patterson, left, drives both cars; Bob Tyler, center, owns the COPO Camaro and sponsors both cars; Allan Patterson, right, is the engine builder and crew chief for both cars.
Chevrolet decided to build a total of 69 COPO Camaros last year to commemorate the original batch of 69 special order cars produced in 1969. An estimated 3,000 people signed up to receive one of the race-bred machines. Bob Tyler of Winfield was lucky enough to get one and teamed up with Patterson Racing to campaign this one, which will be trying to set a new CC/SA record this week at the Sunflower Rod & Custom Association drag strip in Great Bend.
`I think we can go 9.25-ish at the U.S. Nationals Factory Stock Showdown,' says Todd Patterson, who will be piloting the Husky Liner COPO Camaro at that event over the Labor Day weekend. The car will compete for bragging rights with other GM entries, as well as Super Stock Ford and MoPar models in the Showdown.
The COPO Camaro is powered by a Patterson-built EFI 427 cubic inch small block V-8, which replaced the factory-rated 425 horsepower engine. The original engine is now in storage; this one cranks out about twice that horsepower on the Patterson dyno.
The factory-installed 427 small block V-8 was pulled after only one day of testing at Heartland Park Topeka and carefully stored away for future reference. Allan Patterson says in 10-15 years, the COPO Camaro will probably be refitted with its original drivetrain, becoming a valuable collector car after its racing career is over.
Todd Patterson says the Chevy Cobalt accelerates and shoves him back in the seat harder than the Camaro, which isn't surprising since it is 700 pounds lighter, with 200 more horsepower, making it more than 1-1/2 seconds quicker down the quarter mile.
The big cowl induction hood scoop isn't just for looks. It is needed to clear the tall electronic injection intake manifold on top of the engine. The clear plastic bracket on the front bumper is a mount for a digital video recorder.
The factory steering wheel is still in place, but a huge AutoMeter tachometer equipped with a shift light, overrides the factory rev-counter. The smaller gauge in the air conditioning bezel is a brake pressure readout - not something you see on your typical Camaro.
The 2010 Cobalt is powered by a 400 cubic inch Patterson Racing engine that produces an honest 1,050 horsepower. It runs a pair of 4-barrel racing carburetors instead of fuel injection and recently set the NHRA A/SMA national quarter mile record with a pass of 7.90 seconds at 172.65 mph in Belle Rose, La.