ECOPO Camaro by Chevrolet has an 800 volt battery pack

ECOPO Camaro by Chevrolet has an 800 volt battery pack

Engineers estimate that the eCOPO will travel the drag strip somewhere in the 9-second range, giving an even more generous prediction than initially expected, perhaps giving some competition to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

Chevrolet didn't go it alone on this project. "It also represents our goal of a world with zero emissions, with the next generation of engineers and scientists who will help us get there".

Celebrating 50 years of the special order drag racer, the 2019 COPO Camaro features a custom Anniversary Blue Metallic exterior color.

The eCOPO Camaro concept has had its V8 engine traded for a twin electric motor pack that generates 700 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. As the eCOPO Camaro shows, you can effectively drop in the electric motor as a straight replacement to the gas engine.

Four 200-volt battery units are installed at the back of the auto to give it a combined 800 volts of electrical power. Going electric could be the next-generation conversion, and O'Blenes imagines not just racers, but hot rods, pickups, and vintage cars, which may not come with the parp of the exhaust, but have no trouble showing everyone what they can do.More Great WIRED StoriesBionic limbs "learn" to open a beerThe next great (digital) extinctionMeet the YouTube King of useless machinesMalware has a new way to hide on your MacCrawling dead: how ants turn into zombiesLooking for more? To achieve optimal weight distribution, the automaker designed its 800-volt pack using four 200-volt modules. Two are mounted instead of the rear seat, two more are in the trunk.

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What's arguably more important, however, is the battery system.

Chevrolet has been a front-runner in electric vehicles for some time, now. For safety, the rear compartment batteries have been sealed off from the rest of the cabin, and there's a new driveshaft tunnel. Chevy engineers have gone so far as to extend the car's roll cage over the battery pack. With the modules' strategic positions, the eCOPO Camaro has greater than a 56 percent rear-weight bias, which helps launch the vehicle more efficiently. It also suggests a potential new avenue for Chevrolet's crate engine and performance parts portfolio. For years, Chevy has been one of the preferred suppliers of crate engines for tuners across the US, so why not envision a market for electric crate motors? That electric power is sent to the rear wheels by means of a traditional automatic transmission, so other than the electric motor replacing the gas-powered engine, the eCOPO is based on the production race vehicle.

Chevrolet has now released some teaser photos of its newest drag racing Camaro, the electric eCOPO, which is going to be revealed at the SEMA show later on today, in Las Vegas. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring", says O'Blenes.

The eCOPO is an electrified version of the 2019 COPO Camaro and retains much of the design of the model on which it's based.

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