LSX Podcast #7 – Inside the 2012 COPO Camaro with Sandor Piszar!


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In this episode we had the chance for a feature interview with Sandor Piszar, the Director of Strategy and Planning for Performance Vehicles and Motorsports at GM. If that sounds like a long title for a really big job….it is, but it sounds like a fun one. Sandor gave us the inside scoop on the 2012 COPO Camaro program and went into the full details of how many they built, why they chose the engine packages they did, and what the goal of the COPO really is (here’s a hint; it might have something to do with beating the Mustang Cobra Jet and the Challenger Drag Pack).

Sandor went through great detail describing how one could build a COPO for themselves using nothing but the Chevy Performance catalog by starting with a BIW (Body In White) Camaro and adding on the appropriate parts. He also eluded to the fact that even though a select 69 COPO’s will be built for 2012 (all of which are already spoken for), the door is not closed on a 2013 COPO is the market wants it.

Thanks for the interview, Sandor!

-Robert Kibbe



Rumor mill: At one time there was a rumor that the NMCA was thinking about an LS3-based sealed crate engine racing class. John Ryan provides some insight.

Competition mill: The 2013 Shelby GT500 ran an 11.5@127 in the quarter miles, has over 600 rear wheel horsepower, and the forums are lit up over the performance. The GM camp hopes for a 600hp ZL1 for next year. We want more.


Road Course and Autocross: Optima Faceoff at Road America – June 22-24 (Same weekend as the NASCAR Nationwide Race at Road America!)

Drag Racing: Chevy High Performance Nationals (Race #2 in the LSX Challenge Series) – June 1-3

Listener Mail!

Feel free to e-mail in your questions, and we’ll do our best to answer it. We’ll also be covering a lot of the topics thrown out in the forums in each show, and the next one already looks jam packed. You can contact us with questions for the show as follows:

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Don’t forget to get the show in iTunes and Stitcher. Thanks for listening…and hammer down!

-Rob, John, and Tony




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