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

Chevrolet's electric Camaro race vehicle packs an 800-volt battery Chevrolet's electric Camaro race vehicle packs an 800-volt battery
Sherri Watson | 01 November, 2018, 08:15

"To mark the 50th birthday of the Central Office Production Order Camaro (the Chevrolet order system where Gibb obtained the ZL1 engine), this SEMA auto harks back to the 60s" original.

Chevrolet celebrates the 50th anniversary of the COPO Camaro at the 2018 SEMA Show, with the 2019 COPO Camaro race vehicle, a vintage 1969 COPO Camaro and the electrified eCOPO Concept.

The 800-volt pack will enable much, much faster charging times, which is an extremely important feature for the model, since there's limited time between elimination rounds in drag racing. With 600 lb-ft of torque and 800 volts of battery power of power on tap, early testing of this prototype at Las Vegas Motor Speedway saw elapsed times solidly in the 9 - second range with trap speeds of more than 130 miles per hour.

Chevrolet says the eCOPO Camaro uses four 200-volt battery modules: two where the rear seat used to be, and two in the trunk, which give the auto 56 percent rear weight bias for grippier launches on the drag strip.

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

A full Battery Management System monitors all critical voltages and temperatures within the pack. 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. Chevrolet officials state a 56-percent rear weight bias is possible, which helps launch the auto more efficiently. Additionally, the roll cage in the trunk area has been expanded to provide additional protection for the rear-mounted modules.

The eCOPO Camaro Concept expands Chevrolet and General Motors' electrification development and supports future product development. The eCOPO Camaro uses a GM "Turbo 400" 3-speed automatic transmission to boost acceleration. If you can LS swap it, why not electric swap it? This means that the powerful electric motor will bolt up to most GM transmissions. The eCOPO Camaro has the same crankshaft flange and bell house mounting pattern as GM's LS V8 family of engines, and since all the other ancillary bits (for example, transmission and other drivetrain components) are located in the same places as usual, the electric motor is basically a simple bolt-in replacement for a traditional gas engine.

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

"We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".