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Chevy will continue developing and testing the eCOPO Camaro with Hancock and Lane, after showing the electric drag auto alongside the 50th anniversary COPO Camaro at the 2018 SEMA Show this week.

"The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high-performance space", explains Russ O'Blenes, GM director of performance variants, parts and motorsports. It is connected to a conventional racing-prepared "Turbo 400" automatic transmission that channels the motor's torque to the same solid rear axle used in the production COPO Camaro race cars.

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.

Nodding at the past while looking into the future, Chevrolet is presenting the all-new eCOPO Camaro at the 2018 SEMA Show. Using Chevy's first 800-volt battery pack, the eCOPO makes "the equivalent of more than 700hp and 600lb ft of torque" - sufficient for nine-second quarters, says Chevy.

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Four battery packs weighing 175 pounds each are mounted near the back of the rear-wheel-drive vehicle to give it better traction off the line and use next-gen 800-watt technology, twice what today's electric cars use, for quicker charging and discharging. Its 800-volt system will make for some fast charging, which is helpful at a drag strip, where the action never really slows down.

What's arguably more important, however, is the battery system. The batteries in the rear compartment are sealed off from the interior and an integrated driveshaft tunnel has been added between the modules for increased protection. Additionally, the roll cage in the trunk area has been expanded to provide additional protection for the rear-mounted modules. The engines are created to meet NHRA Stock and Super Stock classes in which the latest COPO Camaro is intended.

More exciting, though, is the possibility of new electric crate engines. If you can LS swap it, why not electric swap it? That allows it to bolt up to just about any General Motors transmission. The eCOPO Camaro has the same crankshaft flange and bell house mounting pattern as GM's LS V8 family of engines, and since all the other ancillary bits (for example, transmission and other drivetrain components) are located in the same places as usual, the electric motor is basically a simple bolt-in replacement for a traditional gas engine.


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