Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

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

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

"The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high-performance space", said Russ O'Blenes, director, performance variants, parts and motorsports at General Motors. Electric drag racing specialists Hancock and Lane Racing handled the conversion.

Chevy has created a vehicle that would hurt Dominic Toretto more than a treacherous family member: an all-electric Camaro.ChevyPunch "Tesla drag race vs" into YouTube, and you're offered a panoply of ways to complete your search. For reference, the 2017 COPO Camaro, shown a year ago in the same liquidy metallic blue paint, makes 470 horsepower from a 7-liter engine, and can put up a 9.2-second quarter-mile time. The electric motor used is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies that each generate 300 lb-ft of torque.

In revealing the eCOPO Camaro, GM also hinted that it could make the electric motor and powertrain from the auto available as off-the-shelf parts for would-be electric racers.

The chief advantage of 800-volt battery systems is that they can accept a faster charge (and produce more power) than lower-voltage systems. Porsche will use an 800-volt system in its upcoming Taycan EV, too. For optimal weight distribution - toward the rear for a drag racing auto - the batteries are mounted in the rear seat area and the trunk.

The latter modules are separated so that one is in the spare tire well and the other is mounted over the rear axle. The roll cage has also been extended to surround the batteries as well, just for that extra bit of protection. Overall, the eCOPO Camaro pushes more than 56-percent of its weight to the rear. The eCOPO Camaro is purely a concept auto. It also suggests a potential new avenue for Chevrolet's crate engine and performance parts portfolio. That means it should work with "just about any" of the automaker's transmissions. Those motors send power to the car's rear live axle through a race-prepped automatic transmission.

Because the electric motor module can bolt in place of the gasoline engine, Chevrolet officials state that future plans could include electric crate motors that could power a race vehicle or street rod. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".

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