Wednesday, February 19, 2020
News SEMA-bound Chevy eCOPO EV runs quarter-mile in 9 seconds

SEMA-bound Chevy eCOPO EV runs quarter-mile in 9 seconds

We all know electric engines unleash their torque as soon as you touch the accelerator. In drag racing, this can be quite an advantage. The Chevrolet eCOPO electric concept is certainly proof of that as it blazes through the quarter-mile in under 10.0 seconds.

The eCOPO is an electrified version of the 2019 COPO Camaro and retains much of the design of the model on which it’s based. Electric drag racing specialists Hancock and Lane Racing handled the conversion.

There’s apparently more than 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque in this EV COPO Camaro. The gas engine is replaced by two electric units which send their power to the rear wheels which are joined together by a solid rear axle.

“The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high-performance space,” said Russ O’Blenes, director, performance variants, parts and motorsports at General Motors. “The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit.”

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Another noteworthy element is the 800-volt battery pack which promises faster recharging according to GM. Quick charging is essential for a drag racing vehicle as there’s limited time between each run.

The Chevy eCOPO Concept will be on display in Las Vegas at SEMA this week.

Chevrolet eCOPO EV Camaro SEMA
Chevrolet eCOPO EV Camaro at SEMA

Chevrolet eCOPO EV Camaro SEMA
Chevrolet eCOPO EV Camaro at SEMA

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