The eCOPO Camaro follows along the same pattern, offering drag-racing prowess powered by electricity. In place of V8 engine, electric motor assembly was placed and huge battery pack in the trunk.
That figure is on par with other automakers developing electric cars with 800-volt battery systems, such as the Porsche Taycan (nee Mission E) and the Aston Martin RapideE. Chevy now believes its newly modified design holds the capability of reaching at least a quarter of mile in a time frame below 10 seconds.
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.
Fifty years after the original COPO Camaro special order performance models were introduced, Chevrolet's eCOPO Camaro Concept has released the concept for an electrified vision for drag racing at the 2018 SEMA show. 2019 Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro offers an impressive 700 horsepower and 814Nm of torque from electric motors. The eCOPO Camaro uses a GM "Turbo 400" 3-speed automatic transmission to boost acceleration.
Chevrolet rolled out the refreshed 2019 Camaro a few months back that brought new options and a new front end to market. Russ O'Blenes, director of Performance Variants, Parts, and Motorsports at General Motors, said, "The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high performance space". The racer's roll cage was modified to provide extra protection for the battery packs in the rear of the vehicle. The eCOPO Camaro is purely a concept auto.
Although GM is planning to offer 20 electric cars by 2023, it isn't putting the eCOPO on sale, but hints that a crate electric motor kit like it has could be offered in the coming years. The concept is based on the 2019 COPO Camaro, but the big V8 in that racing vehicle was ditched in favor of an all-electric drivetrain. "And the eCOPO project points to a future that could include electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod". "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring", says O'Blenes. They're already testing the current version of the vehicle, but they'll continue working on it and testing it on the drag strip to achieve faster and faster elapsed times.