The eCOPO was developed in a partnership with Hancock and Lane Racing and Patrick McCue, who is involved with both an electric drag racing team in the Seattle area and the Bothell High School's Automotive Technology program. "It's one of the most enduring legacies in drag racing, with a powerful past and fast future".
Chevrolet didn't go it alone on this project. For reference, the 2017 COPO Camaro, shown a year ago in the same liquidy metallic blue paint, makes 470 horsepower from a 7-liter engine, and can put up a 9.2-second quarter-mile time.
In revealing the eCOPO Camaro, GM also hinted that it could make the electric motor and powertrain from the vehicle available as off-the-shelf parts for would-be electric racers. It gives combined electric power of 800 volts. Going electric could be the next-generation conversion, and O'Blenes imagines not just racers, but hot rods, pickups, and vintage cars, which may not come with the parp of the exhaust, but have no trouble showing everyone what they can do.More Great WIRED StoriesBionic limbs "learn" to open a beerThe next great (digital) extinctionMeet the YouTube King of useless machinesMalware has a new way to hide on your MacCrawling dead: how ants turn into zombiesLooking for more? The battery pack uses four 200V modules that each weigh about 175 pounds.
Since drag racers tend to want more weight in the rear of the auto to aid traction, a pair of the modules are located in the rear seat area, and two more are in the trunk with one sitting in the spare tire well and another over the rear axle.
What's arguably more important, however, is the battery system. The batteries in the rear compartment are sealed off from the interior and an integrated driveshaft tunnel has been added between the modules for increased protection. Roll cage rearwards has been extended to protect the batteries from crash or accidents. Chevrolet officials state a 56-percent rear weight bias is possible, which helps launch the auto more efficiently.
The eCOPO Camaro's electric motor has the same bell house mounting pattern and crankshaft flange as the popular LS-family engines in Chevrolet's crate engine portfolio. That means it should work with "just about any" of the automaker's transmissions.
The Camaro eCOPO will make its public debut on Nov 2 at the SEMA show in Las Vegas along with the 50th anniversary 2019 COPO Camaro production race auto and approximately two dozen additional Chevrolet concepts and show vehicles. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring". Quick charging is essential for a drag racing vehicle as there's limited time between each run.
Each year Chevrolet utilizes the SEMA aftermarket show to display a new COPO Camaro, but this year they've thrown in an an extra model dubbed the eCOPO.