Chevrolet electric Camaro eCOPO concept version packs GM’s 800-volt battery. Chevrolet has announced a new electric-powered eCOPO Camaro which is not an entirely new: The car is an electric concept version of the COPO Chevrolet Camaro. The carmaker has unveiled this new concept car for drag racing in the celebration of 50 years of its original COPO Camaro special order performance models.
Based on the Chevy classic’s 2019 version, the new concept car is driven by an electric motor offering over 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. It is developed by General Motors and designed in partnership with the Hancock and Lane Racing, the developing electric drag racing team.
Chevrolet believes that this model can achieve a quarter-mile time in the 9-second range.
“The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high-performance space,” explains Russ O’Blenes, General Motors’ director, Performance Variants, Parts, and Motorsports. “The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit.”
The carmaker has included GM’s first 800-volt battery pack in the car. The carmaker has used four 200-volt modules in the 800-volt pack in order to achieve excellent power transmission to the electric motor, efficient weight distribution, and faster recharging, all of them are crucial for the limited time between elimination rounds in drag racing. You will find two of them at the rear seat area and the other two at the trunk.
O’Blenes said: “Eight hundred volts is more than twice the voltage of the battery packs in the production Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, so the eCOPO pushes into the new technological territory.” “As GM advances its electrification leadership, a big step might just come from the drag strip.”