Chevrolet has turned its flagship muscle car into a drag racer but has left the V8 on the shelf in favour of an electric motor with an 800-volt battery.

It’s called the eCOPO – a reference to the original drag-racing-special COPO, or Central Office Production Order, vehicles first seen in 1969 – and it’s breaking new ground for (quasi-)production electric cars.

The entirely electric drivetrain produces 700 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, and is said to rocket the eCopo to a quarter-mile time in the 9.0-second range—look out, Demon!

The eCOPO is powered by two electric motors, each with 300 lb-ft of torque, and is connected to a race-prepped Turbo 400 transmission that sends the power to the rear wheels via the same solid axle as the regular COPO Camaro.

The weight is 56 percent biased to the rear thanks to four 175-pound battery packs mounted in the rear seat area and under the trunk, which helps traction when launching.

Chevy is also going to offer the eCOPO’s engine in a crate, which means you can buy it and put it in whatever you want. The bellhousing design is exactly the same as a regular LS motor platform: this could mean the start of a much larger electric modification scene. If you can LS swap it, why not electric swap it?

2019 will mark 50 years since the first COPO Camaro specials started showing up in dealerships; the eCopo will be on display at SEMA in Las Vegas until November 2nd.

Source: Driving

October 30, 2018