SEMA-bound Chevy eCOPO EV runs quarter-mile in 9 seconds

SEMA-bound Chevy eCOPO EV runs quarter-mile in 9 seconds

SEMA-bound Chevy eCOPO EV runs quarter-mile in 9 seconds

With this concept, Chevrolet is exploring what an electric performance auto would be like.

Chevy says the eCOPO can do the quarter-mile in under 10 seconds, which is lightning quick. The eCOPO Camaro follows along the same pattern, offering drag-racing prowess powered by electricity.

This drag racing-built COPO Camaro is however not the only one meant for the strip.

Chevrolet didn't go it alone on this project.

Celebrating 50 years of the special order drag racer, the 2019 COPO Camaro features a custom Anniversary Blue Metallic exterior color. Not only is the eCOPO packing 700 horsepower, but also 600 pound-feet of torque thanks to two massive BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motors that replaced the convention V-8 found in the normal COPO auto. The Camaro eCOPO replaces the roaring V8 engine with electric motors under the hood with the battery pack fitting into the trunk.

Chevy gives the motor the power and operating longevity it needs with a fast-charging 800-volt battery pack strategically split into four 175-lb (79-kg) 200-volt modules.

Powered installation from the 800-volt battery pack.

The power of the eCOPO Concept comes from a powerful, unique electric motor. For optimal weight distribution - toward the rear for a drag racing vehicle - the batteries are mounted in the rear seat area and the trunk. While two are placed along rear half of the auto, the other 2 are placed along the trunk half. To protect batteries features advanced safety cage. Chevrolet officials state a 56-percent rear weight bias is possible, which helps launch the auto more efficiently.

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

Further to the running concept is a potential crate "engine" programme.

If the system works out, it looks likely that the electric motor setup could be an aftermarket crate engine. That allows it to bolt up to just about any General Motors transmission.

O'Blenes said, "The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers. We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".

Chevrolet introduced an anniversary-themed 2019 COPO Camaro at the 2018 SEMA Show as a tribute to the original 1969 model.

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