Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
IT | By Darin Griffith

Two COPO Camaro Drag Cars Debut at SEMA, One is Electric

Two COPO Camaro Drag Cars Debut at SEMA, One is Electric

"The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit". It ties into a comprehensive safety system that continuously evaluates all vehicle electrical components for proper function and safe operation.

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. For the 50 anniversary, the race auto built specifically for the drag strip is being painted in an Anniversary Blue Metallic shade as a nod to the original car's Laguna Blue color offered back in 1969. Chevrolet also offered its drag-racing Camaro with your choice of two other naturally aspirated options-a 410-hp 6.2-liter V-8 and a 470-hp 427-cubic-inch V-8.

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At the rear, four 200-volt battery modules have been installed and each of them weighs 79kg.

The 800-volt pack will enable a whole lot quicker charging times, or, in other words, a critical element for the model since there's constrained time between elimination rounds in racing.

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The eCOPO Camaro Concept expands Chevrolet and General Motors' electrification development and supports future product development. It was the first to offer a long-range, affordable electric auto in the Bolt, and its Volt plug-in hybrid continues to offer one of the longest all-electric ranges of any plug-in hybrid. The peak 700-plus horsepower and 600 lb. -ft. of torque is good enough for an estimated 9-second quarter mile. For safety, the rear compartment batteries have been sealed off from the rest of the cabin, and there's a new driveshaft tunnel. This allows for optimum weight distribution for drag racing, the eCOPO Camaro offering rear-weight bias greater than 56 percent. The racer's roll cage was modified to provide extra protection for the battery packs in the rear of the auto. That means it should work with "just about any" of the automaker's transmissions. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".

Chevrolet generally uses the SEMA Show in Las Vegas to introduce the newest COPO Camaro drag vehicle and at the 2018 show, we get to meet the 2019 production version of the track-only machine.

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