Unveiled late on Monday ahead of the formal debut Tuesday at the 2018 SEMA show in Las Vegas, the 2019 COPO Camaro will be available with special 50th anniversary touches that mimic the original 1969 COPO Camaro (shown below).
There's apparently more than 700 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque in this EV COPO Camaro. Chevrolet already offers a broad range of gasoline engines that race vehicle makers and others can use in their builds: now, there's the chance that it could add electric motors to that line-up. Those packs are mounted inside the auto in a manner to give it optimal weight distribution. On the one hand, 800-volt battery technology is likely to be instrumental in production EVs in the years to come, as drivers expect more power and faster charging times.
That's right. The eCOPO Camaro is still built for the drag strip, but as the name suggests, it's fully electric. The Camaro eCOPO replaces the roaring V8 engine with electric motors under the hood with the battery pack fitting into the trunk. The Turbo 40 automatic gearbox remained the same, as well as the cardan transmission and rear differential in the crankcase of a continuous axle.
As for batteries, the eCOPO Camaro uses four 200-volt battery modules stored in various locations - two are where the rear seat used to be, one is in the spare tire well and the fourth is located over the rear axle.
"Chevrolet is proud to celebrate 50 years of the COPO Camaro legacy", said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. The roll cage has also been adapted to cover the batteries. the weight distribution works out to a 44/56 ratio.
Chevy boasts that the electric motor uses the same bell housing mounting pattern and crankshaft flange as any LS-coded engine variant in its lineup. The eCOPO Camaro is purely a concept vehicle. eCOPO concept points towards a future that could include electric crate motors for racing.
Aptly named as eCOPO Camaro, this version is based on Chevy Classic 2019 version. "We're not there yet, but it's something we're exploring".