Bask in the Coolness of the Electric COPO Camaro

Laverne Mann
November 2, 2018

The upgraded racing coupe got a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 electric motors with a total output of 700 hp (522 kW) and 814 Nm of torque.

"The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high performance space", says Russ O'Blenes, GM's director of performance variants, parts and motorsports.

Chevrolet has been a front-runner in electric vehicles for some time, now.

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. It relied on help from Hancock and Lane Racing, a team that has experience with electric drag racers. The pack includes four 200-volt modules, each of which weighs about 175 pounds.

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The latter modules are separated so that one is in the spare tire well and the other is mounted over the rear axle. Chevy is at SEMA 2018 with a Camaro concept auto not meant for the street but meant for the drag strip. The juice is said to be enough to-in theory-send the eCOPO past the quarter mile mark in about 9 seconds, but they caution development is "ongoing".

The power of the eCOPO Concept comes from a powerful, unique electric motor. With the modules' strategic positions, the eCOPO Camaro has greater than a 56 percent rear-weight bias, which helps launch the auto more efficiently. For safety, the rear compartment batteries have been sealed off from the rest of the cabin, and there's a new driveshaft tunnel. The roll cage has also been extended to surround the batteries as well, just for that extra bit of protection. That allows it to bolt up to just about any General Motors transmission. That electric power is sent to the rear wheels by means of a traditional automatic transmission, so other than the electric motor replacing the gas-powered engine, the eCOPO is based on the production race auto. Quick charging is essential for a drag racing vehicle as there's limited time between each run.

Aside from looking into the future of drag racing with a rather interesting all-electric COPO Camaro, Chevrolet is also revisiting the past for this week's SEMA show in Las Vegas.

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