Electric Muscle: Chevy reveals 700HP Electric Camaro eCOPO

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

Chevy hasn't revealed the exact size of the Camaro's battery pack or what its range might be, but nobody cares about the gas mileage of a 7-liter V8, so don't worry about it.O'Blenes and his team plan to do a lot more testing of this concept to make sure it's race-hardened, and they'll gauge the reaction of the racing community before settling on how many to build. But this year, for the COPO Camaro's 50th anniversary, Chevrolet took a different approach.

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The engine package is designed for the 2019 COPO Camaro's available 427 V-8 engine. The electric motor used is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies that each generate 300 lb-ft of torque.

The vehicle is all-electric, driven by a motor that provides over 700 horsepower and 600 pound feet of torque.

Power for the electric motor comes from an all-new 800V battery pack that allows for more efficient power transfer and supports fast recharging.

Battery power comes from four 200-volt modules that can be positioned around the auto for optimal weight transfer on the starting line.

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What's arguably more important, however, is the battery system. For safety, the rear compartment batteries have been sealed off from the rest of the cabin, and there's a new driveshaft tunnel. The racer's roll cage was modified to provide extra protection for the battery packs in the rear of the vehicle. The resulting 56-percent rear weight bias helps the vehicle launch more efficiently.

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

Further to the running concept is a potential crate "engine" programme.

In other words, the 700-hp motor might just be a first look at the electric Chevy crate motor of the future. That means it should work with "just about any" of the automaker's transmissions. The unit bolts in place of the COPO's LS-based engine, sending power through the TH400 transmission and 9-inch rear axle.

"The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers".

The Camaro eCOPO will make its public debut on Nov 2 at the SEMA show in Las Vegas along with the 50th anniversary 2019 COPO Camaro production race auto and approximately two dozen additional Chevrolet concepts and show vehicles.

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