Chevrolet and drag racer John Force today introduced the new 2016 Camaro SS Funny Car that he’ll race this weekend at the National Hot Rod Association Kansas Nationals in Topeka. The 10,000-horsepower car goes from zero to 330 miles per hour in fewer than four seconds.
“The 2016 Camaro has been a great success in the showroom and Chevrolet is proud to contribute to its debut in NHRA’s Funny Car class,” says Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports at Chevy. “It joins the 2016 COPO Camaro in the Sportsman classes, strengthening Chevrolet’s presence in drag racing, which dates back nearly 60 years.”
Campbell says the new Funny Car body is the first vehicle based on the sixth-generation Camaro SS. The car has an integrated front splitter that helps direct more air over the body to increase downforce. The design also incorporates a dual blow-out — or “burst” — panels, which are safety devices that relieve underbody pressure to help keep the body on the chassis in the event of an engine failure.
“I started my career in a Chevrolet and I couldn’t be more excited to put this new Camaro SS Funny Car on the track,” Force says. “With all the assistance from Chevrolet, it not only looks great, it’s designed to perform better than anything we’ve had before, with a shape that should help us get down the track quicker and with greater stability.”