The eCOPO Chevy Camaro idea shall be on view on the SEMA Present in Las Vegas
In celebration of 50 years of the unique COPO Chevrolet Camaro manufacturing race automotive, the carmaker has introduced an electrical idea model of the automotive with over 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque.
The Detroit automaker, finest identified across the EV group for the Chevy Volt and Bolt EV, is dipping their toes (at the very least as an idea) into the electrical sports activities automotive with the eCOPO announcement. The automotive is anticipated to have a 9 second quarter-mile time though testing remains to be in course of.
If that is achieved it might blow away the quarter mile time of the Tesla P100D and carry out practically in addition to the upcoming Tesla Roadster. However not fairly.
We have now seen loads of conversions of Chevrolet Camaros and much more highly effective Chevy’s such because the dear Corvette Genovation GXE. Now that we’ve seen an electrical Camaro idea from Chevy itself, we hope it is a future peak on the automakers future product portfolio.
We have now seen many electrical ideas come and go over time that by no means make it to market. Nevertheless we did see a decidedly Camaro formed automobile when GM introduced 20 manufacturing EVs round this time final yr. Maybe there may be hope that this one enters manufacturing.
The complete press launch is under:
eCOPO Camaro Race Automotive Idea Electrifies Drag Racing
LAS VEGAS — Fifty years after the unique COPO Camaro special-order efficiency fashions had been launched, Chevrolet’s eCOPO Camaro Idea demonstrates an electrified imaginative and prescient for drag racing.
Developed by Basic Motors and inbuilt partnership with the pioneering electrical drag racing group Hancock and Lane Racing, the idea race automotive — based mostly on the 2019 COPO Camaro — is solely electric-powered, pushed by an electrical motor offering the equal of greater than 700 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque.
Chevrolet estimates quarter-mile occasions within the 9-second vary. Testing is ongoing.
“The eCOPO Idea is all about the place we go sooner or later with electrification within the high-performance area,” stated Russ O’Blenes, director, efficiency variants, elements and motorsports at Basic Motors. “The unique COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope and this idea is an exploration with the exact same spirit.”
Chevrolet partnered with Hancock and Lane Racing not just for the group’s success in NHRA drag racing, however its involvement with Patrick McCue, the driving pressure behind the record-holding “Shock and Awe” electrical drag racing automotive, and his Seattle-area Bothell Excessive Faculty automotive expertise program. Greater than a dozen college students participated within the growth and meeting of the electrified drag automotive, with the racing group’s help.
“This venture exemplifies Chevrolet and Basic Motors’ dedication to participating younger minds in STEM (science, expertise, engineering and math) training,” stated O’Blenes. “It additionally represents our purpose of a world with zero emissions, with the next-generation of engineers and scientists who will assist us get there.”
Simply as the unique 1969 COPO Camaro fashions relied on artistic engineering to make them profitable in Inventory Eliminator drag racing, the eCOPO breaks new floor with its distinctive motor and GM’s first 800-volt battery again.
The electrical motor relies on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies, every producing 300 lb.-ft. of torque, and replaces the gasoline engine. It’s linked to a standard, racing-prepared “Turbo 400” automated transmission, which channels the motor’s torque to the identical stable rear axle used within the manufacturing COPO Camaro race vehicles.
The all-new 800-volt battery pack allows a extra environment friendly energy switch to the electrical motor, whereas additionally supporting quicker recharging, which is necessary for the restricted time between elimination rounds in drag racing.
“Eight-hundred volts is greater than twice the voltage of the battery packs within the manufacturing Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, so the eCOPO pushes into new technological territory,” says O’Blenes. “As GM advances its electrification management, an enormous step may simply come from the drag strip.”
The battery pack consists of 4 200-volt modules, every weighing roughly 175 kilos, mounted strategically within the automotive for optimum weight distribution. Two are situated within the rear seat space and the opposite two are within the trunk: one within the spare tire effectively and the opposite within the space over the rear axle.
A full Battery Administration System displays all essential voltages and temperatures inside the pack. It ties right into a complete security system that repeatedly evaluates all automobile electrical elements for correct operate and protected operation. The batteries within the rear compartment are sealed off from the inside and an built-in driveshaft tunnel has been added between the modules for elevated safety. Moreover, the roll cage within the trunk space has been expanded to supply extra safety for the rear-mounted modules.
With the modules’ strategic positions, the eCOPO Camaro has better than a 56-percent rear-weight bias, which helps launch the automotive extra effectively.
Electrical crate motors
The eCOPO Camaro Idea expands Chevrolet and Basic Motors’ electrification growth and helps future product growth. It additionally suggests a possible new avenue for Chevrolet’s crate engine and efficiency elements portfolio.
The eCOPO Camaro’s electrical motor has the identical bell home mounting sample and crankshaft flange as the favored LS-family engines in Chevrolet’s crate engine portfolio. That permits it to bolt as much as nearly any Basic Motors transmission. In reality, the transmission, driveshaft and different drivetrain elements stay in the identical places as in a gasoline-powered COPO Camaro race automotive, which means the electrical motor merely bolts into the engine compartment, rather than the gasoline engine.
“The chances are intriguing and counsel an entire new world for racers,” stated O’Blenes. “Chevrolet pioneered the idea of the high-performance crate engine proper across the time the unique COPO Camaro fashions had been created, and the eCOPO venture factors to a future that would embody electrical crate motors for racing, and even your avenue rod. We’re not there but, but it surely’s one thing we’re exploring.”
Within the meantime, Chevrolet and Hancock and Lane Racing will proceed to develop the eCOPO Camaro and check it on the drag strip, in search of faster elapsed occasions with all-new expertise.
The eCOPO Idea, proven in Electrical Blue, joins the 50th anniversary 2019 COPO Camaro manufacturing race automotive and roughly two dozen extra Chevrolet ideas and present automobiles on the SEMA Present, in Las Vegas, via Nov. 2.