Chevrolet has built an all-electric drag race Camaro
On 2 November 2018 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet will reveal its new concept car, the eCOPO Camaro. It is forged from a brand-new Central Office Production Order (COPO) performance model of the 2019 Camaro. The electric powertrain delivers 700 horsepower, 600 lb-ft of torque and aims for a quarter mile race time around 9 seconds.
When the first COPO Camaro was built in 1969, it was all about performance and drag-racing. This has not changed during the last 49 years. When Camaro celebrates the 50th anniversary of its first COPO Camaro next year, it will not only take a quarter mile trip down memory lane but also look ahead into the future with the all-electric special edition eCOPO Camaro that will blast off the starting line with instant torque.
General Motors developed the car in a collaboration with the electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing. Intense testing is ongoing.
Russ O’Blenes, director, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports at General Motors said that "The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit.”
Also involved in the development is Patrick McCue, Electric Drag Vehicle Designer at Shock and Awe Racing. His racing team and more than a dozen students from the Bothell High School automotive technology program helped to implement the project.
Latest technology like the super-fast charging 800-volt battery pack composed of four 200-volt modules was used. The modules were mounted where the rear seats would be and in the trunk for optimal weight distribution and best grip. Battery temperatures are monitored and overall protection was distinctly increased.
Now enough of technical details and numbers.
Just watch the new eCOPO shredding its tires with a burnout
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