Chevrolet Unveils Drag Racing Concept EV

Chevrolet has unveiled an electric concept vehicle designed for drag racing based on the new edition of its 49-year-old COPO Camaro drag car.

The company says its eCOPO Camaro Concept EV was developed by GM in collaboration with electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing. The vehicle is apparently based on the 2019 COPO Camaro and is completely electrically powered, purportedly offering 600 lb-ft of torque and over 700 horsepower. Chevrolet claims it can cover a quarter of a mile in around 9 seconds, but the vehicle remains at the testing stages.

The eCOPO incorporates GM’s first ever 800-volt battery pack. Chevrolet claims this allows for “a more efficient power transfer to the electric motor and supports faster recharging”. The pack is comprised of four 200-volt modules, two of which are positioned in the back seat area, with the other two in the trunk. The automaker claims this gives the car a more than “56% rear-weight bias, which helps launch [it] more efficiently”.

GM director of motorsports Russ O’Blenes said: “800 volts is more than twice the voltage of the battery packs in the production Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, so the eCOPO pushes into new technological territory”. The motor is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies and connects to a Turbo 400 automatic transmission.

The automaker says it “has the same bell house mounting pattern and crankshaft flange as the popular LS-family engines in Chevrolet’s crate engine portfolio”. Drivetrain components are located in the same positions as they are within the standard COPO Camaro, which means the eCOPO’s electric engine can simply be bolted into the engine compartment where an internal combustion engine would usually be located.

O’Blenes commented: “The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit”. He added that a number of students from Washington state’s Bothell High School were involved in the car’s development, and claimed the eCOPO “represents our goal of a world with zero emissions, with the next generation of engineers and scientists who will help us get there”.

 


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