Bask in the Coolness of the Electric COPO Camaro

Bask in the Coolness of the Electric COPO Camaro

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

The eCOPO is powered by a pair of Borg Warner HVH 250 - 150 electric motors, each of which generates 300 lb-ft of torque. The motor is designed in such a way, says GM, that to switch a compatible auto to electric power you only need to remove the engine and bolt the motor into its place. It gives combined electric power of 800 volts. Chevrolet estimates quarter-mile times in the 9-second range. The electric motor is powered by a battery pack with four 175 pounds, 200-volt modules, spread throughout the auto for even weight distribution. Today, a new Chevrolet concept vehicle at the SEMA show lets the company break new trails into performance-model territory: the eCOPO Camaro Concept.

The auto is all-electric, driven by a motor that provides over 700 horsepower and 600 pound feet of torque. The bell housing and other features are similar to the LS line of V8 engines, which means it could in theory seamlessly be fitted to any GM transmission. The eCOPO Camaro uses a GM "Turbo 400" 3-speed automatic transmission to boost acceleration.

The new COPO Camaro will be a special edition vehicle and only 69 will be made.

At the rear, four 200-volt battery modules have been installed and each of them weighs 79kg. To protect batteries features advanced safety cage.

The eCOPO Camaro Concept expands Chevrolet and General Motors' electrification development and supports future product development. For years, Chevy has been one of the preferred suppliers of crate engines for tuners across the USA, so why not envision a market for electric crate motors? "And the eCOPO project points to a future that could include electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod". "The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit".

That package will be available on both 2019 COPO Camaro engine options, either the naturally aspirated "427" lump based on Chevrolet's LSX crate engine, or the supercharged "350" alternative, also derived from the LSX but packing a 2.65-litre Magnuson supercharger on top. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring", says O'Blenes.

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