#SEMA: Chevrolet Terrorizes Tesla With 700HP eCOPO Camaro Concept

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The eCOPO's motor is based on the output of two individual Borg Warner HVH250-150 electric power units, producing a combined 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Still, showing an electric vehicle 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.

That package will be available on both 2019 COPO Camaro engine options, either the naturally aspirated "427" lump based on Chevrolet's LSX crate engine, or the supercharged "350" alternative, also derived from the LSX but packing a 2.65-litre Magnuson supercharger on top. The eCOPO Camaro Concept shows what Chevrolet envisions is the future of drag racing without tailpipe emissions.

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Chevrolet has turned its flagship muscle vehicle into a drag racer but has left the V8 on the shelf in favour of an electric motor with an 800-volt battery.

The battery pack has four 200-volt modules and each of them are mounted strategically for ideal weight distribution.

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Another noteworthy element is the 800-volt battery pack which promises faster recharging according to GM. These are mounted strategically toward the rear of the auto, with two in the rear seat area, one in the spare tire well and one over the rear axle. Now it seems to be Chevy with their eCOPO Camaro just ahead of the opening for the SEMA show, Las Vegas. It gives combined electric power of 800 volts.

The auto is completely electric powered and has been developed alongside Hancock and Lane Racing, who are behind the all electric Pontiac Firebird "Shock and Awe" capable of an eight second quarter-mile time. 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. For racing, engineers have surrounded them with crash structures and roll cages and added a battery-management system to continually monitor their condition. Chevrolet officials state a 56-percent rear weight bias is possible, which helps launch the auto more efficiently. The bellhousing design is exactly the same as a regular LS motor platform: this could mean the start of a much larger electric modification scene. That allows it to bolt up to just about any General Motors transmission. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring", says O'Blenes.

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