Imagine taking a seat at the track and watching a new Camaro hit the quarter mile in an estimated 9 seconds with an engine generating the equivalent of nearly 700 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque. Imagine being blown out of your seat discovering that engine was powered by electricity. This is the 2019 eCOPO Camaro Race Car concept showcased at SEMA 2018 by Chevrolet Performance.
Engineered by GM and built in partnership with the pioneering electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, the eCOPO concept features a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies, each generating 300 lb.-ft. of torque, connected to a conventional, racing-prepared “Turbo 400”
automatic transmission. Also at work is GM’s first 800-volt battery pack.
Why build such an eCOPO? Chalk it up to thinking way, way outside the box to help create the zero-emissions race cars of tomorrow. That future included the assistance of more than a dozen students from Seattle-area Bothell High School’s auto shop program who worked on the eCOPO concept.
Russ O’Blenes, director, Performance Variants, Parts & Motorsports, explains, “This project exemplifies Chevrolet and General Motors’ commitment to engaging young minds in STEM (science, technology, engineering
“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.”
GM says the eCOPO Camaro Concept expands the company’s electrification development and supports future product development, including a potential new avenue for Chevrolet’s crate engine and performance parts portfolio.
As if one COPO Camaro wasn’t enough, the eCOPO concept was joined at SEMA by an anniversary-themed 2019 COPO Camaro race car to celebrate both the 50-year milestone of the special-order, ultimate-performance models (COPO stands for Central Office Production Order, a process used in the ‘60s for fleet managers to order unusual combinations of options) and the launch of the 2019 COPO Camaro program.
Crate engines also were a focal point. New introductions included the LT5 (part # 19417105) provides 755 HP at 6400 RPM and 715 lb.-ft. torque at 3600 RPM sharing the same basic engine architecture as the power plant in the current ZR1. The ZZ6 EFI Turn-Key crate engine (part # 19368150) provides 420 HP at 5800 RPM and 408 lb.-ft. torque at 4500 RPM.
Chevrolet Performance’s Curt Collins says SEMA “is an outstanding platform for new product introductions. Traffic to the Chevrolet Performance booth seems to grow each year. It inspires us to step it up year over year.”
For a complete review of the SEMA 2018 show, go to www.theblock.com. For more information on the latest Chevrolet Performance parts and accessories, contact your Genuine GM Parts dealer.