Chevrolet electrical Camaro idea drag racer: eCOPO with 800V battery pack; electrical crate motors

Fifty years after the unique COPO Camaro particular order efficiency fashions have been launched, Chevrolet’s eCOPO Camaro Idea is demonstrating an electrified imaginative and prescient for drag racing.


Developed by Normal Motors and inbuilt partnership with the pioneering electrical drag racing workforce Hancock and Lane Racing, the idea race automotive—based mostly on the 2019 COPO Camaro—is pushed by an electrical motor offering the equal of greater than 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft (813 N·m) of torque.

Chevrolet estimates quarter-mile instances within the 9-second vary. Testing is ongoing.

in 1969, the primary purpose-built Camaro drag-racing specialty automotive was designed to compete within the NHRA Inventory Eliminator. The COPO nameplate is a nod to the Central Workplace Manufacturing Order system, which Chevrolet sellers used to construct one-of-a-kind high-performance fashions.

The eCOPO Idea is all about the place we go sooner or later with electrification within the excessive efficiency area. The unique COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this idea is an exploration with the exact same spirit.

—Russ O’Blenes, director, Efficiency Variants, Elements and Motorsports at GM

Chevrolet partnered with Hancock and Lane Racing not solely due to the workforce’s success in NHRA drag racing, but in addition its involvement with Patrick McCue, the driving power behind the record-holding “Shock and Awe” electrical drag racing automotive, and his Seattle-area Bothell Excessive College automotive know-how program. With the racing workforce’s help, greater than a dozen college students participated within the growth and meeting of the electrified drag automotive.

This venture exemplifies Chevrolet and Normal Motors’ dedication to participating younger minds in STEM training. It additionally represents our objective of a world with zero emissions, with the following technology of engineers and scientists who will assist us get there.

—Russ O’Blenes

800 volts. 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 pack.

The electrical motor relies on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies, every producing 300 lb-ft (407 N·m) of torque, and replaces the gasoline engine. It's linked to a standard racing-prepared “Turbo 400” automated transmission that 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 permits a extra environment friendly energy switch to the electrical motor and helps sooner 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. As GM advances its electrification management, a giant step may simply come from the drag strip.

—Russ O’Blenes

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 constantly evaluates all car electrical elements for correct perform 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 offer further safety for the rear-mounted modules.

With the modules’ strategic positions, the eCOPO Camaro has better than a 56% rear-weight bias, which helps launch the automotive extra effectively.

Electrical crate motors. The eCOPO Camaro Idea expands Chevrolet and Normal 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 enables it to bolt as much as nearly any Normal Motors transmission. 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 probabilities are intriguing and counsel an entire new world for racers. Chevrolet pioneered the idea of the high-performance crate engine proper across the time the unique COPO Camaro fashions have been created, and the eCOPO venture factors to a future that might embrace electrical crate motors for racing, and even your road rod. We’re not there but, but it surely’s one thing we’re exploring.

—Russ O’Blenes

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 instances with all-new know-how.