Chevrolet's electric Camaro race auto packs an 800-volt battery

Chevrolet's electric Camaro race auto packs an 800-volt battery

The eCOPO Camaro follows along the same pattern, offering drag-racing prowess powered by electricity. An electric variant of it has also been created, using GM's first 800-volt battery pack and a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies that can generate 300 lb-ft of torque.

The big news for electric auto fans though is that the concept uses GM's first application of an 800-volt electrical system, which should allow charging in as little as 10 to 15 minutes, though the company did not reveal the capacity of the battery pack. According to Chevrolet, this gives it quarter-mile times in the 9-second range (though testing is ongoing).

Chevrolet in collaboration with the pioneers of electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing built battery option COPO Camaro. 2019 Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro offers an impressive 700 horsepower and 814Nm of torque from electric motors. The bellhousing design is exactly the same as a regular LS motor platform: this could mean the start of a much larger electric modification scene. That powerful motor channels power to the standard COPO rear axle through a race-prepped "Turbo 400" transmission.

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At the rear, four 200-volt battery modules have been installed and each of them weighs 79kg. Still, showing an electric vehicle with that badge, even as a concept, is likely to get mixed reactions from hardcore fans."That's me", says Russ O'Blenes, director of performance variants, parts, and motorsports at GM and proud owner of a barn full of big-block Chevys. As a result, Chevy claims the eCOPO Camaro has a 44-56 weight bias that helps it get off the line faster. The racer's roll cage was modified to provide extra protection for the battery packs in the rear of the auto. "The eCOPO project points to a future that could include electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod".

The eCOPO Camaro is based on GM's 2019 COPO Camaro, also unveiled at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring", says O'Blenes. 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.

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