Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro Concept Can Run a 9-Second Quarter Mile

The 2019 COPO Camaro’s available 50th Anniversary Special Edition package marks a half-century of special-order high-performance from Chevrolet

The 2019 COPO Camaro’s available 50th Anniversary Special Edition package marks a half-century of special-order high-performance from Chevrolet

The result is a quarter-mile time in the range of 9 seconds, Chevy estimates, though it's still doing testing on the vehicle. It's been built in conjunction with Hancock and Lane Racing, plus the help of a dozen students from Bothell High School near Seattle. eCOPO testing is said to be ongoing.

The eCOPO Concept, shown in Electric Blue, joins the 50th anniversary 2019 COPO Camaro production race auto (pictured below) and approximately two dozen additional Chevrolet concepts and show vehicles at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas through November 2. Since 1969, when Chevy dealer Fred Gibb not only managed to get a race engine into a Camaro, but also persuaded Chevrolet to make it, COPO has been a legendary name in American drag racing circles. Overall, the eCOPO Camaro pushes more than 56-percent of its weight to the rear.

The chief advantage of 800-volt battery systems is that they can accept a faster charge (and produce more power) than lower-voltage systems.

The engine package is designed for the 2019 COPO Camaro's available 427 V-8 engine. It takes the general idea of a COPO Camaro - build and sell a auto specifically for drag racing - and modified the idea with a 21st-century twist by way of a beefy electric motor. With the racing team's assistance, more than a dozen students participated in the development and assembly of the electrified drag auto. For safety, the rear compartment batteries have been sealed off from the rest of the cabin, and there's a new driveshaft tunnel. The company says the eCOPO Camaro should be able to cover the standing quarter mile in about 9 seconds with more than 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. The roll cage in the trunk has been built out to also encompass the rear batteries.

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Chevrolet has turned its flagship muscle vehicle into a drag racer but has left the V8 on the shelf in favour of an electric motor with an 800-volt battery.

More exciting, though, is the possibility of new electric crate engines.

The motor has the same bell housing mounting pattern and crankshaft flange as the LS family of V8s, meaning any gearbox that fits an LS should fit the eCOPO motor. That means it should work with "just about any" of the automaker's transmissions. Unlike many electric cars that use direct drive, this one is a true swap with the motors installed under the hood and connected to the COPO's three-speed automatic transmission.

"We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".

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