Electric Muscle: Chevy reveals 700HP Electric Camaro eCOPO

Electric Muscle: Chevy reveals 700HP Electric Camaro eCOPO

Electric Muscle: Chevy reveals 700HP Electric Camaro eCOPO

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. Gone is the gas engine of the normal 2019 COPO Camaro, replaced with an electric motor that delivers more than 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. In place of V8 engine, electric motor assembly was placed and huge battery pack in the trunk. It gives combined electric power of 800 volts.

By pairing the motors with a conventional racing-prepped Turbo 400 automatic transmission, Chevy believes it can make the vehicle run the quarter mile in the 9-second range. The bellhousing design is exactly the same as a regular LS motor platform: this could mean the start of a much larger electric modification scene. In fact, Chevy actually uses a "race-prepped" Turbo 400 automatic transmission in the eCOPO and retains the factory-appointed location of the transmission and all other driveshaft components.

You're looking at Chevrolet's newest addition to its long line of Central Office Production Order (COPO) performance specials.

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

Battery power comes from four 200-volt modules that can be positioned around the vehicle for optimal weight transfer on the starting line. Chevy engineers have gone so far as to extend the car's roll cage over the battery pack.

If the system works out, it looks likely that the electric motor setup could be an aftermarket crate engine.

Each year Chevrolet utilizes the SEMA aftermarket show to display a new COPO Camaro, but this year they've thrown in an an extra model dubbed the eCOPO. eCOPO concept points towards a future that could include electric crate motors for racing. This extra-pumped battery pack will definitely enable faster charging which could serve as a crucial feature for drag racing.

The big surprise at SEMA from Chevy was the introduction of the eCOPO Concept - an all-electric version of the drag racing package. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".

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