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Chevy presents electric Camaro drag races, estimating 9-second miles

Chevrolet is out to prove that the cars like Camaro have a bright future in the electrifying world, at least…

Chevrolet is out to prove that the cars like Camaro have a bright future in the electrifying world, at least as far as the drag strip is concerned.

The car maker late on Monday revealed the eCOPO Camaro concept before the formal debut Tuesday at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The concept is fully powered, powered by an electric motor that provides more than 700 horsepower and 600 pounds of torque, and it previewes new technology that could come to Chevrolet cars in the not too distant future.

Developed with groundbreaking electric drag team Hancock and Lane Racing, which helped build a 8.0 second fourth-generation Pontiac Firebird electric accordion known as Shock and Awe, eCOPO Camaro also represents the first application of a new 800 volt battery and power system as developed by General Motors. With 800 volts, charging times are much faster, which is important for the limited time between elimination rounds in drag.

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Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro Concept

eCOPO Camaro’s electric engine is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 engine units, each generating 300 lb-ft. The installation is in the engine compartment and is connected to a standard automatic transmission that channeles to the same fixed rear axle used in COPO Camaro zippers.

The battery pack consists of four 200-volt modules, each weighing about 175 pounds and strategically mounted for optimal weight distribution. Two are in the back seat, while one third is in the spare tire and one fourth is over the rear axle. For extra protection, the roller cage has been extended to surround the batteries. The arrangement results in a 44/56 front and back weight ratio.

Interestingly, Chevy is already looking at the potential of the aftermarket electric drive system. For example, the eCOPO Camaro Electric Engine has the same clock housing assembly and crankshaft lens as the popular LS family of V-8. This makes it possible to bolt up to almost all GM transmissions.

Chevrolet also uses this week’s SEMA show for the debut of its 2019 COPO Camaro, which marks 50 years since the launch of the original drag race.

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