All-electric Chevy Camaro previews the future of the electric crate motor

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

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

Monday night at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers' Association gathering in Las Vegas, Chevrolet revealed an electric concept version of its drag-race focused COPO Camaro. Not only is the eCOPO packing 700 horsepower, but also 600 pound-feet of torque thanks to two massive BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motors that replaced the convention V-8 found in the normal COPO auto. It was the first to offer a long-range, affordable electric auto in the Bolt, and its Volt plug-in hybrid continues to offer one of the longest all-electric ranges of any plug-in hybrid.

Built in collaboration with Hancock and Lane Racing, its current quarter-mile sprint times are in the nine-second region, but there's more development to come.

Another noteworthy element is the 800-volt battery pack which promises faster recharging according to GM. Thus, it's likely in the very near future anybody wanting to retrofit their GM built vehicle with an electric engine may have a direct replacement to purchase.

The motor assembly is created to bolt directly to most GM automatic transmissions. Each of them generates 407Nm of torque and is connected with a conventional Turbo 400 automatic transmission. But this year, for the COPO Camaro's 50th anniversary, Chevrolet took a different approach. Chevy says that this vehicle "suggests" a potential new avenue for the Chevy crate engine and performance parts portfolio, however, there is no indication that the eCOPO concept will enter normal production. The battery pack uses four 200V modules that each weigh about 175 pounds. Roll cage rearwards has been extended to protect the batteries from crash or accidents.

In other words, the 700-hp motor might just be a first look at the electric Chevy crate motor of the future. These videos are much the same: Again and again, the instant torque of the EV's motors smokes the gas belcher off the line, leaving nothing but the squeal of tires ringing in the reddening ears of whoever's watching its taillights pull away.Today, Chevrolet unveiled its bid to keep up with the Muskses: It has electrified the Camaro. eCOPO concept points towards a future that could include electric crate motors for racing. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring", says O'Blenes.

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