Drag Strip Electric Chevy Camaro Packs In an 800V Battery

Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro concept

Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro concept

"We have already seen Chevrolet's dedication to the NHRA in many of our racing categories and the new Camaro just continues to show that NHRA drag racing provides an excellent showcase for its cutting-edge technology". The electric motor is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies, each generating 300 lb-ft of torque, and replaces the gas engine. Ready-to-install electric motors could be sold the same way, presumably with battery packs, cables, electronic controls and other components needed to convert a vehicle to electric drive.

The result is a quarter-mile time in the range of 9 seconds, Chevy estimates, though it's still doing testing on the auto. This battery allows more efficient power transfer to the motor and faster recharging (especially important in the short down time between races).

Drag racing usually involves clouds of burnt hydrocarbons in with the burning rubber, but Chevrolet's all-electric eCOPO Camaro Concept does away with that. The eCOPO is a Camaro hammering out 700 horsepower totally from electric. The electric motor assembly are created to be fitted in place of conventional engine. In fact, Chevy actually uses a "race-prepped" Turbo 400 automatic transmission in the eCOPO and retains the factory-appointed location of the transmission and all other driveshaft components. The battery pack uses four 200V modules that each weigh about 175 pounds.

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With this concept, Chevrolet is exploring what an electric performance vehicle would be like. The roll cage has also been extended to surround the batteries as well, just for that extra bit of protection. Still, showing an electric auto 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. But this one has an electric motor bolted in to the same spot formerly occupied by a gasoline engine. "And the eCOPO project points to a future that could include electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod".

The eCOPO Camaro Concept expands Chevrolet and General Motors' electrification development and supports future product development.

Chevrolet has presented another idea auto intended for racing, and it is anything but a completely new model: it's a charged rendition of the COPO Camaro. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring". Chevy says that the charging system must be fast due to the limited time to charge between elimination rounds in a drag racing event.

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