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https://electrek.co/2018/10/29/chevy-shows-off-a-800v-electric-ecopo-camaro-conversion-running-a-9-sec-quarter-mile/
Chevy shows off a 800V Electric ‘eCOPO’ Camaro conversion running a 9 sec
quarter mile
Oct. 29th 2018  Seth Weintraub

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https://youtu.be/6qItrfYVw-E
Chevrolet Performance - COPO Camaro Validation
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Chevy today announced a high powered electric conversion of its iconic 2019
COPO Camaro sports car designed for the drag strip…

At first you (like me) might say something like ‘this is just a silly
conversion not meriting much more than the guy who converts old muscle cars
into sub 10 second electric dragsters.’

But under the surface, this is Chevy’s hardcore racing nuts who buy these
COPO cars and just the act of putting “electric” on the COPO brand will
certainly ruffle some feathers. Only 69 of these COPO cars are offered per
year and they are factory-built NHRA Drag certified. Making an ‘eCOPO’ brand
is a big step toward electrified racing for Chevy and GM.

The conversion was done with electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane
Racing who built the Prototype from a 2019 COPO Camaro. It is testing at
more than 700 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque which don’t immediately
sound like the type of specs that get a car across the quarter mile finish
line in under 10 seconds.

The eCOPO Camaro Concept offers an electrified vision of drag racing, with
an electric motor and GM’s first 800-volt battery pack replacing the gas
engine, enabling 9-second quarter-mile times.
The eCOPO Camaro Concept offers an electrified vision of drag racing, with
an electric motor and GM’s first 800-volt battery pack replacing the gas
engine, enabling 9-second quarter-mile times.

eCOPO CONCEPT

“The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with
electrification in the high-performance space,” said Russ O’Blenes,
director, performance variants, parts and motorsports at General Motors.
“The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope and
this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit.”

This wasn’t a 100% professional effort…

    Chevrolet partnered with Hancock and Lane Racing not only for the team’s
success in NHRA drag racing, but its involvement with Patrick McCue, the
driving force behind the record-holding “Shock and Awe” electric drag racing
car, and his Seattle-area Bothell High School automotive technology program.
More than a dozen students participated in the development and assembly of
the electrified drag car, with the racing team’s assistance.

How do you get to 800 Volts when the Chevy Bolt/Volt and even Tesla is
working with 400 Volt designs?

    The electric motor is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor
assemblies, each generating 300 lb.-ft. of torque, and replaces the gas
engine. It is connected to a conventional, racing-prepared “Turbo 400”
automatic transmission, which channels the motor’s torque to the same solid
rear axle used in the production COPO Camaro race cars.

More importantly and interestingly for me, the 800V allows for faster
charging times like we’ve seen with the Porsche Taycan.  At the track being
able to recharge is even more important than normal on the road use however,
GM hinted it might incorporate some of this technology in its future EVs –
which would be welcomed.

Below you’ll find a reel on the COPO program and the press release

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eCOPO Camaro Race Car Concept Electrifies Drag Racing

LAS VEGAS — Fifty years after the original COPO Camaro special-order
performance models were introduced, Chevrolet’s eCOPO Camaro Concept
demonstrates an electrified vision for drag racing.

Developed by General Motors and built in partnership with the pioneering
electric drag racing team Hancock and Lane Racing, the concept race car —
based on the 2019 COPO Camaro — is entirely electric-powered, driven by an
electric motor providing the equivalent of more than 700 horsepower and 600
lb.-ft. of torque.

Chevrolet estimates quarter-mile times in the 9-second range. Testing is
ongoing.

“The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with
electrification in the high-performance space,” said Russ O’Blenes,
director, performance variants, parts and motorsports at General Motors.
“The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope and
this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit.”

Chevrolet partnered with Hancock and Lane Racing not only for the team’s
success in NHRA drag racing, but its involvement with Patrick McCue, the
driving force behind the record-holding “Shock and Awe” electric drag racing
car, and his Seattle-area Bothell High School automotive technology program.
More than a dozen students participated in the development and assembly of
the electrified drag car, with the racing team’s assistance.

“This project exemplifies Chevrolet and General Motors’ commitment to
engaging young minds in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
education,” said O’Blenes. “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.”

800 volts

Just as the original 1969 COPO Camaro models relied on creative engineering
to make them successful in Stock Eliminator drag racing, the eCOPO breaks
new ground with its unique motor and GM’s first 800-volt battery back.

The electric motor is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor
assemblies, each generating 300 lb.-ft. of torque, and replaces the gas
engine. It is connected to a conventional, racing-prepared “Turbo 400”
automatic transmission, which channels the motor’s torque to thesame solid
rear axle used in the production COPO Camaro race cars.

The all-new 800-volt battery pack enables a more efficient power transfer to
the electric motor, while also supporting faster recharging, which is
important for the limited time between elimination rounds in drag racing.

“Eight-hundred volts is more than twice the voltage of the battery packs in
the production Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, so the eCOPO pushes into new
technological territory,” says O’Blenes. “As GM advances its electrification
leadership, a big step might just come from the drag strip.”

The battery pack is composed of four 200-volt modules, each weighing
approximately 175 pounds, mounted strategically in the car for optimal
weight distribution. Two are located in the rear seat area and the other two
are in the trunk: one in the spare tire well and the other in the area over
the rear axle.

A full Battery Management System monitors all critical voltages and
temperatures within the pack. It ties into a comprehensive safety system
that continuously evaluates all vehicle electrical components for proper
function and safe operation. The batteries in the rear compartment are
sealed off from the interior and an integrated driveshaft tunnel has been
added between the modules for increased protection. Additionally, the roll
cage in the trunk area has been expanded to provide additional protection
for the rear-mounted modules.

With the modules’ strategic positions, the eCOPO Camaro has greater than a
56-percent rear-weight bias, which helps launch the car more efficiently.

Electric crate motors

The eCOPO Camaro Concept expands Chevrolet and General Motors’
electrification development and supports future product development. It also
suggests a potential new avenue for Chevrolet’s crate engine and performance
parts portfolio.

The eCOPO Camaro’s electric motor has the same bell house mounting pattern
and crankshaft flange as the popular LS-family engines in Chevrolet’s crate
engine portfolio. That allows it to bolt up to just about any General Motors
transmission. In fact, the transmission, driveshaft and other drivetrain
components remain in the same locations as in a gasoline-powered COPO Camaro
race car, meaning the electric motor simply bolts into the engine
compartment, in place of the gas engine.

“The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers,”
said O’Blenes. “Chevrolet pioneered the concept of the high-performance
crate engine right around the time the original COPO Camaro models were
created, and the eCOPO project points to a future that could include
electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod. We’re not there
yet, but it’s something we’re exploring.”

In the meantime, Chevrolet and Hancock and Lane Racing will continue to
develop the eCOPO Camaro and test it on the drag strip, seeking quicker
elapsed times with all-new technology.

The eCOPO Concept, shown in Electric Blue, joins the 50th anniversary 2019
COPO Camaro production race car and approximately two dozen additional
Chevrolet concepts and show vehicles at the SEMA Show, in Las Vegas, through
Nov. 2.
[© electrek.co]
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https://media.chevrolet.com/media/us/en/chevrolet/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2018/oct/sema/1029-e-copo.html


https://insideevs.com/gm-concept-electric-camaro-sports-car/
UPDATE VIDEO: Chevy Camaro eCOPO Blows Away Tesla Model S P100D
OCT 30 ... We have been teased over the years by electric concepts that
never made it to market. However, we did spot a decidedly Camaro shaped
vehicle when GM announced 20 production EVs around this time last year ...
https://youtu.be/-lJ4YPBc2-Y


https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1119646_chevy-e-copo-camaro-hints-at-800-volt-charging
Chevy eCOPO Camaro hints at 800-volt charging
Oct 30, 2018 ... Chevrolet revealed an electric concept version of its
drag-race focused COPO Camaro. The company says the eCOPO Camaro should be
able to cover the ...
https://images.hgmsites.net/med/chevrolet-ecopo-camaro-concept_100676772_m.jpg


http://gmauthority.com/blog/2018/10/electric-copo-camaro-revealed-at-sema-2018/
Electric COPO Camaro Revealed At SEMA 2018
Oct 29, 2018 ... horsepower, Chevrolet has introduced us with something new.
Enter the electric COPO Camaro Concept, or eCOPO if you prefer. ... Racing,
which have been one of the few trailblazers of electric vehicle drag racing
...


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https://torontolife.com/city/life/im-electric-vehicle-nerd-35-year-old-sales-marketing-representative-spends-money/
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