Chevrolet Unveils ECOPO Electric Race Car Concept at the 2018 SEMA Show

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Chevrolet also offered its drag-racing Camaro with your choice of two other naturally aspirated options-a 410-hp 6.2-liter V-8 and a 470-hp 427-cubic-inch V-8. The company says the eCOPO Camaro should be able to cover the standing quarter mile in about 9 seconds with more than 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque.

A 200-volt battery pack has been slotted into the eCOPO's trunk to supply juice to the beastly motors found up front.

Powered installation from the 800-volt battery pack. Chevy now believes its newly modified design holds the capability of reaching at least a quarter of mile in a time frame below 10 seconds. This battery allows more efficient power transfer to the motor and faster recharging (especially important in the short down time between races). The electric motor assembly are created to be fitted in place of conventional engine. The Turbo 40 automatic gearbox remained the same, as well as the cardan transmission and rear differential in the crankcase of a continuous axle. The use of four 175-pound packs was chosen to allow for optimal weight distribution throughout the vehicle, two of which sit in the rear seat of the auto, and two more in the trunk (one in the spare tire well, and the other over the rear axle). The racer's roll cage was modified to provide extra protection for the battery packs in the rear of the vehicle.

"The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers", said in a statement Russ O'Blenes, GM's performance parts director.

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If the system works out, it looks likely that the electric motor setup could be an aftermarket crate engine.

One vehicle that might well be considered a "bad thing" by COPO fans is another of Chevrolet's concepts on display in Las Vegas - the eCOPO. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring". They're as of now testing the present variant of the vehicle, yet they'll keep taking a shot at it and testing it on the drag strip to accomplish faster and faster elapsed times.

According to the authors of the project, electric eCOPO Camaro needs to demonstrate the feasibility of extension of the line "box" of the engine of Chevrolet due to the emergence of electric propulsion for racing or road cars.

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