Gaines Stevens, a civilian military worker from New Baltimore, Michigan, walked into Ed Rinke Chevrolet in close by Centerline in April of 2017 to purchase a Chevrolet SS sedan. He drove off the great deal in one particular of two street-legal prototype Camaros constructed by COPO, the components ordering program that was co-opted 50 many years in the past to generate functionality autos.

His good friend Kamran Osenbaugh, a drywall finisher from Belding, Michigan, purchased the other prototype.

Wealthy Rinke, the gearhead in charge of COPO, is not just a quarter-mile man, in accordance to Stevens. By way of COPO, Rinke builds specific-purchase, track-only Camaros for drag racing, but he wished to do much more than that. He wished COPO to create a vehicle that could rail close to a street program, and be street legal. Therefore, the Track Day Functionality Camaro was born in 2017…nicely practically.

Ed Rinke is the proprietor of Ed Rinke Chevrolet, and Wealthy Rinke is his nephew. Neither responded to our queries for this story, but Stevens and Osenbaugh explained the two Rinkes planned to have COPO create both one hundred or 200 Track Day Functionality Camaros and promote half of them by means of Ed Rinke Chevrolet, a quarter by means of Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a quarter by means of Hendrick Chevrolet dealerships.

Only two have been ever constructed, and each have been offered by means of Ed Rinke Chevrolet.

2017 Track Day Performance Camaro

2017 Track Day Functionality Camaro

Wealthy Rinke informed Osenbaugh the autos, identified as 001A (Steven’s white vehicle) and 001B (Osenbaugh’s blue vehicle), are “basically check mules.” The prototypes have been constructed to see how prolonged it would get to obtain the components and assemble the autos to make the plan occur.

The Track Day Functionality plan was scrapped right after the two autos have been constructed. Wealthy Rinke informed Osenbaugh the plan was cancelled due to “logistical problems” with obtaining all the components at the exact same time.

When Osenbaugh asked Wealthy Rinke why these two track-day autos did not have GM’s Functionality Information Recorder (PDR) or Recaro seats and (each offered on the Camaro), Rinke explained “that’s why we scrapped it.” The seats have been eight weeks out, the rocker panels have been 4 weeks out, and the crew merely could not get every little thing at the exact same time to create the autos.

Stevens is in possession of the only identified set of advertising resources for the Track Day Functionality Camaro’s (Stevens produced a copy for Osenbaugh), and the resources say that PDR was to be offered. Neither vehicle 001A or 001B has a PDR.

Wealthy Rinke informed Osenbaugh the COPO center did not have the space and time for the autos to sit and wait for components.

2017 Track Day Performance Camaro–Photo credit: Josh Welton

2017 Track Day Functionality Camaro–Photo credit score: Josh Welton

Functionality components bonanza

The components checklist for the Track Day Functionality Camaro reads like a track-day junkie’s want checklist. The autos started out daily life as 2017 Camaro 1SS designs at Ed Rinke Chevrolet. They have been then shipped to COPO in Wixom, Michigan, to have the following set up: painted ZL1 rocker panels (which are generally black and unpainted on ZL1s), a rear blade spoiler with a wicker bill in area of the higher-rise 1SS spoiler, twenty-inch 1LE wheels and tires with Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar 285/30s up front and 305/30s in the rear, a GM Functionality exhaust program, a strut tower brace from the 2015 Camaro Z/28, Magnetic Trip Handle dampers, an electronically managed restricted-slip differential, a GM Functionality Large Brake Kit with 15.four x one.four-inch Brembo rotors and six-piston calipers up front and 14.four x one.one-inch rotors and four-piston calipers in back (in essence a Corvette Z06’s upgraded brake setup), smoked taillights, and vinyl decals.

2017 Track Day Performance Camaro

2017 Track Day Functionality Camaro

Within, the two Track Day Functionality Camaros characteristic GM Functionality floor mats, a stitched GM Functionality center console, and suede knee pads.

The drivetrains are stock Camaro 1SS. That implies a naturally aspirated LT1 six.two-liter V-eight with 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque lies below each and every hood. Energy is sent to the rear wheels by way of a six-pace guide transmission.

2017 Track Day Performance Camaro

2017 Track Day Functionality Camaro

Even though there is no documentation that the engine was tuned or remapped, Osenbaugh wonders if the crew at COPO worked some magic on the engines as the autos appear to have a “little much more get up and go than other 2017s.”

Stevens purchased the 001A white vehicle in Might of 2017, and Osenbaugh purchased the 001B blue vehicle in that November right after meeting Stevens and seeing the vehicle on the Pleasure Tour at the famed Tail of the Dragon mountain pass. The autos have been listed for among $50,000 and $57,000 and each Stevens and Osenbaugh paid just below $50,000. Each and every vehicle came normal with a GM three-12 months/36,000-mile guarantee.

Osenbaugh says it would get $one hundred,000 or much more to allow his vehicle go.

2017 Track Day Performance Camaro

2017 Track Day Functionality Camaro

Stevens says Artwork Kurgin, the new vehicle product sales manager at Ed Rinke Chevrolet at the time, informed him GM is mindful of the two Track Day Functionality Camaros. Ed Rinke Chevrolet was offered permission to do this plan and ship the autos to COPO, in accordance to Stevens. Ed Rinke and Artwork Kurgin did not reply to our queries.

Mike Lawrence was the undertaking manager for the COPO Track Day Functionality Camaro. Even though Motor Authority confirmed Laurence’s function in the plan, he did not reply to even more queries about the undertaking.

Chevrolet spokesman Kevin Kelly informed Motor Authority, “This wasn’t a GM plan, it wasn’t sanctioned, or a car by Chevrolet. It was by (Wealthy) Rinke.”

2017 Track Day Performance Camaro

2017 Track Day Functionality Camaro

2017 Track Day Performance Camaro–Photo credit: Josh Welton

2017 Track Day Functionality Camaro–Photo credit score: Josh Welton

2017 Track Day Performance Camaro–Photo credit: Josh Welton

2017 Track Day Functionality Camaro–Photo credit score: Josh Welton

Nowadays, Osenbaugh’s blue 001B vehicle is even now “stock” with practically four,000 miles on the odometer (such as about 700-800 are track miles). Stevens’ white 001B vehicle has about 15,000 miles on it and has been modified with Kooks prolonged-tube headers, a Chevrolet Functionality consumption, Texas Pace ported and polished heads, and a much more-aggressive cam. In June, Stevens set up an E85 FlexFuel kit and had it tuned, even though Stevens explained he has all the stock parts so 001A could be place back to stock in the potential.

2017 Track Day Performance Camaro

2017 Track Day Functionality Camaro

2017 Track Day Performance Camaro

2017 Track Day Functionality Camaro

2017 Track Day Performance Camaro

2017 Track Day Functionality Camaro

Osenbaugh says he and Stevens have been invited to the COPO Center in July of 2018 with the autos. The two Track Day Functionality Camaro owners shook Wealthy Rinke’s hand, met the crew that constructed the two autos, and then everyone that touched the autos at COPO signed the the autos.

All indicators level to these Camaros becoming the only two examples of a stillborn plan. Osenbaugh says Wealthy Rinke promised him and Stevens certificates of authenticity for the two COPO-constructed autos in the course of that meeting at the COPO Center a 12 months in the past.

Even though he’s even now waiting for that certificate, he will get the joy of driving a Camaro with GM’s very best functionality components…all simply because his buddy wished a Chevy SS in April 2017.