Destined for more than just the bright lights of Vegas, this Camaro is created to push the envelope on the drag strip and beyond.
Chevrolet has presented another idea auto intended for racing, and it is anything but a completely new model: it's a charged rendition of the COPO Camaro. 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.
The eCOPO is powered by a pair of Borg Warner HVH 250 - 150 electric motors, each of which generates 300 lb-ft of torque.
According to preliminary calculations, electric eCOPO Chevrolet Camaro will take about nine seconds to beat dregovoy a distance of a quarter mile (402 meters).
Celebrating 50 years of the special order drag racer, the 2019 COPO Camaro features a custom Anniversary Blue Metallic exterior color.
"The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high-performance space", explains Russ O'Blenes, GM director of performance variants, parts and motorsports. "For 25 years I did race motors for GM, and that's all I ever did". "I think there'll be some polarization to start, but the reality is it's really an incredible thing". "The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit".
The automaker partnered with both Hancock and Lane Racing to build the eCOPO concept variant of its Camaro, prepping the vehicle for the drag strip by outfitting it with all the necessary racing components and also the needed battery power to shoot the auto down the runway. It's carefully arranged the individual modules for optimal weight distribution, placing two in the rear seat area and two in the trunk. Chevy engineers have gone so far as to extend the car's roll cage over the battery pack.
The power of the eCOPO Concept comes from a powerful, unique electric motor. That means it should work with "just about any" of the automaker's transmissions.
"The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers".
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.
Aside from looking into the future of drag racing with a rather interesting all-electric COPO Camaro, Chevrolet is also revisiting the past for this week's SEMA show in Las Vegas. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".