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#SEMA: Chevrolet Terrorizes Tesla With 700HP eCOPO Camaro Concept

#SEMA: Chevrolet Terrorizes Tesla With 700HP eCOPO Camaro Concept”

Chevrolet has now released some teaser photos of its newest drag racing Camaro, the electric eCOPO, which is going to be revealed at the SEMA show later on today, in Las Vegas. 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 vehicle. According to Chevrolet, this gives it quarter-mile times in the 9-second range (though testing is ongoing). The electric motor is powered by a battery pack with four 175 pounds, 200-volt modules, spread throughout the auto for even weight distribution. We could have predicted the introduction of the 2019 COPO Camaro that will be sold to a limited number of racers around the country, but what we couldn't have predicted is the eCOPO - an all-electric version of the factory-built race auto.

The vehicle is all-electric, driven by a motor that provides over 700 horsepower and 600 pound feet of torque. The eCOPO's electric motor has the same mounting pattern and crankshaft flange as an LS engine. In fact, Chevy actually uses a "race-prepped" Turbo 400 automatic transmission in the eCOPO and retains the factory-appointed location of the transmission and all other driveshaft components.

Josh Peterson, NHRA vice president of racing administration, added "The new COPO Camaro concept vehicle presents an interesting new dynamic in racing performance".

"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.

As for batteries, the eCOPO Camaro uses four 200-volt battery modules stored in various locations - two are where the rear seat used to be, one is in the spare tire well and the fourth is located over the rear axle. The racer's roll cage was modified to provide extra protection for the battery packs in the rear of the vehicle. For years, Chevy has been one of the preferred suppliers of crate engines for tuners across the USA, so why not envision a market for electric crate motors?

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

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



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