New Electric eCOPO Chevrolet Camaro Runs A 9 Second Quarter Mile

Angelica Greene
November 2, 2018

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. The electric motor is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies, each generating 300 lb-ft of torque, and replaces the gas engine.

Because the Camaro wasn't created to be electric from the ground up, its battery packs aren't located in the floor of the vehicle.

And since it's an 800-volt system, quick charging should offset the eCOPO's limited range.

The vehicle is completely electric powered and has been developed alongside Hancock and Lane Racing, who are behind the all electric Pontiac Firebird "Shock and Awe" capable of an eight second quarter-mile time.

Four 200-volt battery units are installed at the back of the auto to give it a combined 800 volts of electrical power.

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Drag racing usually involves clouds of burnt hydrocarbons in with the burning rubber, but Chevrolet's all-electric eCOPO Camaro Concept does away with that. That powerful motor channels power to the standard COPO rear axle through a race-prepped "Turbo 400" transmission.

Josh Peterson, NHRA vice president of racing administration, added "The new COPO Camaro concept vehicle presents an interesting new dynamic in racing performance".

GM's director or Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports, Russ O'Blenes said that possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers. The battery pack uses four 200V modules that each weigh about 175 pounds. Chevy engineers have gone so far as to extend the car's roll cage over the battery pack.

Although GM is planning to offer 20 electric cars by 2023, it isn't putting the eCOPO on sale, but hints that a crate electric motor kit like it has could be offered in the coming years. "And the eCOPO project points to a future that could include electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod".

The eCOPO is an electrified version of the 2019 COPO Camaro and retains much of the design of the model on which it's based. As a result, Chevy claims the eCOPO Camaro has a 44-56 weight bias that helps it get off the line faster. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".

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