Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro Concept Can Run a 9-Second Quarter Mile

Chevrolet's electric Camaro race car packs an 800-volt battery

The eCOPO Concept, shown in Electric Blue, joins the 50th anniversary 2019 COPO Camaro production race auto (pictured below) and approximately two dozen additional Chevrolet concepts and show vehicles at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas through November 2.

"Chevrolet's dedication to innovation and performance is evident in this new concept vehicle".

Chevrolet introduced an anniversary-themed 2019 COPO Camaro at the 2018 SEMA Show as a tribute to the original 1969 model. That powerful motor channels power to the standard COPO rear axle through a race-prepped "Turbo 400" transmission. "Chevrolet pioneered the concept of the high-performance crate engine right around the time the original COPO Camaro models were created, and the eCOPO project points to a future that could include electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod".

Somehow, he did it, and the COPO Camaro was born in 1969.

Chevy gives the motor the power and operating longevity it needs with a fast-charging 800-volt battery pack strategically split into four 175-lb (79-kg) 200-volt modules.

The eCOPO is powered by an 800-volt battery pack, more than twice as much voltage as the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Chevrolet's electric Camaro race car packs an 800-volt battery

Battery power comes from four 200-volt modules that can be positioned around the auto for optimal weight transfer on the starting line.

And that exploration isn't limited to playing around with an all-electric concept drag vehicle.

What's arguably more important, however, is the battery system. As a result, Chevy claims the eCOPO Camaro has a 44-56 weight bias that helps it get off the line faster. Additionally, the roll cage in the trunk area has been expanded to provide additional protection for the rear-mounted modules.

Further to the running concept is a potential crate "engine" programme.

The eCOPO's motor is based on the output of two individual Borg Warner HVH250-150 electric power units, producing a combined 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. If you can LS swap it, why not electric swap it? The 700-horsepower monster makes use of a 2019 Camaro shell fitted with 800-volts in pure electric power, enabling the auto to run the quarter mile in under 10 seconds. That means it should work with "just about any" of the automaker's transmissions.

"The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers", said Russ O'Blenes, GM's head of performance variants, parts, and motorsports, in a statement. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring", says O'Blenes.

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