Saturday, 17 November, 2018

COPO Camaro SEMA Show Car Previews 50th Anniversary Special Edition

Chevrolet's electric Camaro race car packs an 800-volt battery 2019 Chevy COPO Camaro Gets Retro Look To Mark 50-Year Milestone
Kayla Schwartz | 01 November, 2018, 08:15

Unlike many electric cars that use direct drive, this one is a true swap with the motors installed under the hood and connected to the COPO's three-speed automatic transmission.

The engine package is designed for the 2019 COPO Camaro's available 427 V-8 engine.

Monday night at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers' Association gathering in Las Vegas, Chevrolet revealed an electric concept version of its drag-race focused COPO Camaro. 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 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. It takes the general idea of a COPO Camaro - build and sell a vehicle specifically for drag racing - and modified the idea with a 21st-century twist by way of a beefy electric motor. With 600 lb-ft of torque and 800 volts of battery power of power on tap, early testing of this prototype at Las Vegas Motor Speedway saw elapsed times solidly in the 9 - second range with trap speeds of more than 130 miles per hour. The auto that laid the foundation for the Central Office Production Order has now served as inspiration for a retro-flavored 2019 COPO Camaro. That powerful motor channels power to the standard COPO rear axle through a race-prepped "Turbo 400" transmission. Fifty years after the introduction of the original COPO Camaro, it takes the high-performance Camaro electric, dropping in a plug-and-play motor for more than 700 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. The all-new 800-volt battery pack enables a more efficient power transfer to the electric motor and supports faster recharging, which is important for the limited time between elimination rounds in drag racing. Two are where the rear seat would be, while the second pair sits in the trunk. Its 800-volt system will make for some fast charging, which is helpful at a drag strip, where the action never really slows down. As a result, Chevy claims the eCOPO Camaro has a 44-56 weight bias that helps it get off the line faster. That allows it to bolt up to just about any General Motors transmission.

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In the meantime, Chevrolet and Hancock and Lane Racing will continue to develop the eCOPO Camaro and test it on the drag strip, seeking quicker elapsed times with all-new technology.

Celebrating 50 years of the special order drag racer, the 2019 COPO Camaro features a custom Anniversary Blue Metallic exterior color.

"We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".

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