Electric Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro only burns rubber

Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro concept

It's the handiwork of General Motors and Hancock and Lane Racing, which has some prior experience with electric drag racing.

The Camaro eCOPO will make its public debut on Nov 2 at the SEMA show in Las Vegas along with the 50th anniversary 2019 COPO Camaro production race auto and approximately two dozen additional Chevrolet concepts and show vehicles.

A 200-volt battery pack has been slotted into the eCOPO's trunk to supply juice to the beastly motors found up front.

That figure is on par with other automakers developing electric cars with 800-volt battery systems, such as the Porsche Taycan (nee Mission E) and the Aston Martin RapideE.

Chevy believes the eCOPO capable of quarter-mile times around 9 seconds, though it admits that actual performance testing is ongoing.

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The most unique feature is probably the 800-volt based battery pack which is about twice the overall voltage seen in Chevy Volt, Tesla Cars, or Chevy Bolt EV.

Chevrolet recently bagged a particularly new concept for its vehicle that is designed for the drag racing opportunities. The eCOPO is a Camaro hammering out 700 horsepower totally from electric. The eCOPO's electric motor has the same mounting pattern and crankshaft flange as an LS engine. Each of them generates 407Nm of torque and is connected with a conventional Turbo 400 automatic transmission. Developed by General Motors and built in partnership with the pioneering electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, the concept race auto - based on the 2019 COPO Camaro - is entirely electric powered, driven by an electric motor providing the equivalent of more than 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. At the SEMA automotive parts and aftermarket mods show now underway in Las Vegas, the company revealed a battery-powered version of the iconic muscle vehicle so closely associated with American muscle, V8 engines, booming exhausts, and-above all-tradition. Roll cage rearwards has been extended to protect the batteries from crash or accidents.

If the system works out, it looks likely that the electric motor setup could be an aftermarket crate engine. "The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit".

According to the authors of the project, electric eCOPO Camaro needs to demonstrate the feasibility of extension of the line "box" of the engine of Chevrolet due to the emergence of electric propulsion for racing or road cars. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".

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