"The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit".
The automaker partnered with both Hancock and Lane Racing to build the eCOPO concept variant of its Camaro, prepping the vehicle for the drag strip by outfitting it with all the necessary racing components and also the needed battery power to shoot the auto down the runway. What got everyone even more curious about the model is the 800-volt battery, which was developed by General Motors. One being near the rear seats, the other near the spare tire well and the other over the rear axle.
That figure is on par with other automakers developing electric cars with 800-volt battery systems, such as the Porsche Taycan (nee Mission E) and the Aston Martin RapideE. Chevy says that should be good for quarter-mile times in at least the 9-second range, but its engineers are still running final tests.More news: Turkey says Jamal Khashoggi was 'strangled, dismembered' in Saudi consulate
The power of the eCOPO Concept comes from a powerful, unique electric motor. For safety, the rear compartment batteries have been sealed off from the rest of the cabin, and there's a new driveshaft tunnel. Overall, the eCOPO Camaro pushes more than 56-percent of its weight to the rear.
For instance, the electric motor has the same bell house mounting pattern and crankshaft flange as the existing LS-family engines. The roll cage has also been extended to surround the batteries as well, just for that extra bit of protection.
"The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers", said O'Blenes.
Because the electric motor module can bolt in place of the gasoline engine, Chevrolet officials state that future plans could include electric crate motors that could power a race vehicle or street rod. The car's charging system is designed for fast recharging, which is important given the limited time between drag strip runs in a competitive race. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".