Chevrolet Unveils ECOPO Electric Race Car Concept at the 2018 SEMA Show

Chevrolet's electric Camaro race car packs an 800-volt battery

It's called the eCOPO Camaro, an apt spin on this new offering from the company's COPO high-performance racing division.Buy into the heresy, though, and you get more than 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque from the two 300-pound-feet-torque motor assemblies, bolted together and mated to a conventional racing transmission sturdy enough to relay all that torque to the solid rear axle.

The eCOPO is an electrified version of the 2019 COPO Camaro and retains much of the design of the model on which it's based.

After partnering up with electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, Chevy began its work with the standard 2019 COPO Camaro drag vehicle.

Chevrolet has turned its flagship muscle auto into a drag racer but has left the V8 on the shelf in favour of an electric motor with an 800-volt battery. It's carefully arranged the individual modules for optimal weight distribution, placing two in the rear seat area and two in the trunk. This battery allows more efficient power transfer to the motor and faster recharging (especially important in the short down time between races).

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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. Prototype eCOPO Camaro, equipped with a power unit 710 forces and 813 Nm of torque, debuted at the SEMA tuning show.

The eCOPO Camaro is estimated to run a quarter mile in around nine seconds. Its champion component, notwithstanding, is likely its 800-volt battery pack. "As GM advances its electrification leadership, a big step might just come from the drag strip". 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. To protect batteries features advanced safety cage. That means it should work with "just about any" of the automaker's transmissions. That electric power is sent to the rear wheels by means of a traditional automatic transmission, so other than the electric motor replacing the gas-powered engine, the eCOPO is based on the production race auto.

"The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers", said O'Blenes. Chevy says that the charging system must be fast due to the limited time to charge between elimination rounds in a drag racing event.

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