Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

This Chevrolet Camaro EV is much more than an electric drag racer

This Chevrolet Camaro EV is much more than an electric drag racer

The eCOPO is powered by two electric motors, each with 300 lb-ft of torque, and is connected to a race-prepped Turbo 400 transmission that sends the power to the rear wheels via the same solid axle as the regular COPO Camaro.

GM is looking at selling electric motors that consumers can use to replace the gasoline engines as a potential new line of business.

Somehow, he did it, and the COPO Camaro was born in 1969. The COPO Camaro also features a distinctive and exclusive front-end design not shared with other production Camaro models. The eCOPO Camaro has the same crankshaft flange and bell house mounting pattern as GM's LS V8 family of engines, and since all the other ancillary bits (for example, transmission and other drivetrain components) are located in the same places as usual, the electric motor is basically a simple bolt-in replacement for a traditional gas engine. The use of four 175-pound packs was chosen to allow for optimal weight distribution throughout the vehicle, two of which sit in the rear seat of the auto, and two more in the trunk (one in the spare tire well, and the other over the rear axle). Using Chevy's first 800-volt battery pack, the eCOPO makes "the equivalent of more than 700hp and 600lb ft of torque" - sufficient for nine-second quarters, says Chevy.

To honor the original COPO almost half a century away, Chevrolet is showing at SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas the 2019 COPO Camaro, an anniversary-themed model that opens up next year's drag racing customization program. The car's charging system is designed for fast recharging, which is important given the limited time between drag strip runs in a competitive race. Two are where the rear seat would be, while the second pair sits in the trunk. Overall, the eCOPO Camaro pushes more than 56-percent of its weight to the rear.

Enlarge Image The electric motors might be silent but the tires sure won't be.                  Chevrolet
Enlarge Image The electric motors might be silent but the tires sure won't be. Chevrolet

The motor assembly is created to bolt directly to most GM automatic transmissions.

"The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers", said O'Blenes. The eCOPO Camaro is one of more than a dozen concept and specialty vehicles that will be on display at the SEMA Show through November 2.

Featuring a special Anniversary Blue Metallic exterior color that pays homage to the original Laguna Blue offered in 1969, the SEMA show auto previews the special color and graphics of the COPO Camaro 50th Anniversary Special Edition package offered for 2019.

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

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