The eCOPO was preceded on stage by a 2019 COPO Camaro powered by a 427-inch LS engine. The battery pack uses four 200V modules that each weigh about 175 pounds. The eCOPO was developed in a partnership with Hancock and Lane Racing and Patrick McCue, who is involved with both an electric drag racing team in the Seattle area and the Bothell High School's Automotive Technology program.
During the 2018 SEMA Show's Monday evening awards ceremony, Chevrolet Performance unveiled the eCOPO Camaro Concept, an electrified version of the purpose-built COPO Camaro drag racer. Porsche will use an 800-volt system in its upcoming Taycan EV, too.
Featuring a special Anniversary Blue Metallic exterior color that pays homage to the original Laguna Blue offered in 1969, the SEMA show auto previews the special color and graphics of the COPO Camaro 50th Anniversary Special Edition package offered for 2019.
The entirely electric drivetrain produces 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, and is said to rocket the eCopo to a quarter-mile time in the 9.0-second range-look out, Demon! "The new COPO Camaro is an exciting development in that process".
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In revealing the eCOPO Camaro, GM also hinted that it could make the electric motor and powertrain from the vehicle available as off-the-shelf parts for would-be electric racers.
According to preliminary calculations, electric eCOPO Chevrolet Camaro will take about nine seconds to beat dregovoy a distance of a quarter mile (402 meters). For safety, the rear compartment batteries have been sealed off from the rest of the cabin, and there's a new driveshaft tunnel. This battery allows more efficient power transfer to the motor and faster recharging (especially important in the short down time between races). 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 O'Blenes. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".
Chevrolet is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its legendary COPO Camaro special with an electric drag auto that points the way toward a battery-powered future. They're as of now testing the present variant of the vehicle, yet they'll keep taking a shot at it and testing it on the drag strip to accomplish faster and faster elapsed times.