Chevrolet is out to prove that cars like its Camaro have a bright future in the world of electrification, at least as far as the dragstrip.
The automaker late on Monday unveiled the eCOPO Camaro Concept before its formal debut Tuesday at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The concept is fully electric powered, powered by an electric motor with more than 700 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque, and it previews new technologies that could come to Chevrolet cars in the not-too-distant future.
Developed with the groundbreaking electric bike race team Hancock and Lane Racing, which helped build a fourth-generation 8.0-second Pontiac Firebird Electric Drag Racer known as Shock and Awe. The eCOPO Camaro also represents the first Application of a new 800 volt battery and electrical system developed by General Motors. With 800 volts, the load times are much faster, which is important for the limited time between elimination rounds in dragster races.
The tests are underway, but Chevy is confident the car can drive the quarter-mile in the 9.0-second class. 19659007] Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro Concept "Width =" 640 "Height =" 397 "Data width =" 1024 "Data height =" 636 "Data URL =" https://images.hgmsites.net/lrg/chevrolet- ecopo-camaro " concept_100676767_l.jpg “/>
Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro Concept
The electric engine of the eCOPO Camaro is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 engines, each 300 lb-ft. The setup sits in the engine compartment and is connected to a conventional automatic transmission, which transmits the drive to the same solid rear axle as used in COPO Camaro Drag Racers.
The battery consists of four 200-volt modules, each about 175 kilograms and strategically mounted for optimal weight distribution. Two are in the rear seating area, a third is in the spare wheel and a fourth sits above the rear axle. For added protection, the roll cage has been extended to surround the batteries. The arrangement results in a weight ratio of 44 to 56 from front to back.
Interestingly, Chevy is already considering the potential of electric propulsion systems for the aftermarket. For example, the electric motor of the eCOPO Camaro has the same bell house mounting pattern and crankshaft flange as the popular V-8 LS family. This makes it possible to install almost any GM gearbox.
Chevrolet also uses the SEMA show this week for the debut of its COPO Camaro 2019, which is 50 years old since the original drag-racing special hit the market
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