Chevy COPO Camaro Gets Retro Look To Mark 50-Year Milestone

01 November, 2018, 08:16 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Chevrolet's electric Camaro race car packs an 800-volt battery

The eCOPO is powered by a pair of Borg Warner HVH 250 - 150 electric motors, each of which generates 300 lb-ft of torque.

The eCOPO was preceded on stage by a 2019 COPO Camaro powered by a 427-inch LS engine.

Chevrolet says the eCOPO Camaro uses four 200-volt battery modules: two where the rear seat used to be, and two in the trunk, which give the auto 56 percent rear weight bias for grippier launches on the drag strip. Developed by General Motors and built in partnership with the pioneering electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, the concept race vehicle - based on the 2019 COPO Camaro - is entirely electric powered, driven by an electric motor providing the equivalent of more than 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. COPO stood for Central Office Purchasing Order and referred to a system dealers could use to order cars with option packages not available to the general public. The eCOPO Camaro has the same crankshaft flange and bell house mounting pattern as GM's LS V8 family of engines, and since all the other ancillary bits (for example, transmission and other drivetrain components) are located in the same places as usual, the electric motor is basically a simple bolt-in replacement for a traditional gas engine. That powerful motor channels power to the standard COPO rear axle through a race-prepped "Turbo 400" transmission.

The chief advantage of 800-volt battery systems is that they can accept a faster charge (and produce more power) than lower-voltage systems. Overall, the eCOPO Camaro pushes more than 56-percent of its weight to the rear. The eCOPO Camaro Concept EV gets GM's first 800-volt battery pack, as the automaker follows in the path of Porsche and others to maximize onboard power. The eCOPO Camaro is purely a concept vehicle. The company says the eCOPO Camaro should be able to cover the standing quarter mile in about 9 seconds with more than 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.

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The motor assembly is created to bolt directly to most GM automatic transmissions.

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.

"The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers", said O'Blenes.

The 2019 COPO Camaro's available 50th Anniversary Special Edition package marks a half-century of special-order high-performance from Chevrolet.


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